On Tuesday during his weekly press luncheon, Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson answered a question about his job security and the progression of the program.
"Whenever they hire a new athletic director, I will meet with them," Johnson said. "I will probably meet with Rick [Dickson] sometime next week. I think we did make some progress, but it’s just unfortunate that the type of league we’ve been in has been very tough.
"We have a lot of things moving in the right direction. ...We ran into one of these seasons where we just couldn’t get things going and we played against some really good football teams."
After the Green Wave walk off the field following Friday's season finale at home against Tulsa, reports surfaced that Johnson will keep walking to the unemployment line.
Things have gone downhill fast since Johnson won seven games in 2013 and took Tulane to the New Orleans Bowl. Johnson is 6-17 since then with a 3-12 mark in American Athletic Conference play. The Green Wave is 3-8 in 2015.
Tulane should be winning a few more games here and there because of the talent Johnson is bringing into New Orleans. Then again, for as good as a recruiter Johnson is, his game planning and player development goes in the other direction.
Johnson particularly doesn't have an answer on the offensive side of the ball, where the Green Wave has struggled for two consecutive years. In 2015, Tulane are near or at the bottom in just about every meaningful offensive statistical category.
This seems like a perfect time for the Green Wave to move in a new direction, especially with a new athletic director coming into the mix next week. Tulane wants to give that person a clean slate to turn around the football program — or at least try his or her hardest to make it respectable.