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Building a winner

In December 2008 Tim Beckman was hired to be the new head coach at Toledo. Toledo was 3-9 in 2008.

In 2009 under Beckman the Rockets went 5-7. In 2010, they went 8-5 and returned to a bowl game for the first time since 2005. This offseason (and last), Coach Beckman's recruiting class was rated the best in the MAC and they have 17 returing starters.

This year, they opened with a big 58-22 win over New Hampshire and then went into Ohio Stadium and came within a completion of beating Ohio State.

This year, the Rockets will play 8 games on TV (4 of them within the ESPN family of channels), including this Friday night when Boise State comes to town. The exposure for the program is great; but the schedule is brutal. Two Tuesday night games, a Thursday night game and three Friday night games.

How about this Ohio State, Boise State at home, at Syracuse and then at Temple. Tough, to say the least. No small task; but if the Rockets can win 2 of 3 (Boise, Syracuse and Temple), this could be a year to remember in Toledo. 

Quick note> 6 of the 9 assistants on Beckman's staff finished college in 2000 or later. Young staff, doing well.

Video of Beckman talking about this week's game versus Boise State.