Have you ever wished you had the opportunity to ask head coach Bob Toledo your most pressing question regarding UCLA football? Here's your opportunity! Each week, the Bruin coach will answer questions from the fans. Check back to see if the coach responded to your question!
During his five seasons as UCLA's 14th head coach, Bob Toledo has established himself as one of the outstanding head coaches in the college game. The Bruins, who play an exciting brand of football on both sides of the line of scrimmage, have won two Pac-10 titles, played in two New Year's Day Bowls, including the 1999 Rose Bowl, and compiled a 20-game winning streak in the last four years. His overall record is 35-23 and his league mark is 24-16.
In 2000, the Bruins defeated two teams ranked No. 3 nationally for the first time in history and earned their third bowl trip in the last four years. Freddie Mitchell was named a Biletnikoff Award finalist and earned first-team All-America honors while setting a school record for receiving yardage, Cory Paus became the third sophomore in school history to pass for at least 2,000 yards in a season and Robert Thomas was named a semi-finalist for the Butkus Award.
In 1999, due in large part to the team's inexperience and injuries, UCLA finished 4-7. Only four players started all 11 games and 45 different Bruins started at least once on either offense or defense. Still, all four of UCLA's victories came against schools which participated in bowl games, including a 23-20 overtime win over Washington.
The Bruins enjoyed a fabulous season in 1998, climbing as high as No. 2 on both wire service polls. UCLA finished the year with a 10-2 record, won its second consecutive Pacific-10 Conference championship and a berth in the Rose Bowl and finished with a No. 8 ranking.
UCLA was a perfect 8-0 in league play and became only the third team in Pac-10 history to win 15 conference games over two seasons and only the fourth to win eight league games in one year. The Bruins had won 20 consecutive games prior to the regular-season finale at Miami. Toledo was a finalist for three Coach of the Year awards -- the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award, the Paul "Bear" Bryant Coach of the Year Award and the Football News Coach of the Year Award.