Sources: Amstutz to step down in Monday morning press conference

Updated: November 2, 2008, 7:28 PM ET
By Bruce Feldman | ESPN.com

Tom Amstutz has taken Toledo to four bowl games in eight seasons as the Rockets head coach, but the man affectionately known as "Toledo Tom" will be stepping down as the school's coach in a Monday morning press conference, sources have confirmed.

Amstutz, who is in year four of a five-year deal, will announce his future plans at a joint press conference with Toledo athletic director Mike O'Brien, according to a source inside the program. The 53-year-old former Toledo offensive lineman is being re-assigned within the school's athletic department, sources say.

This year has been an up-and-down season for the Rockets, who were coming off consecutive losing seasons. The Rockets opened with a blowout 41-16 loss to Arizona, turned it around routing Eastern Michigan 41-17 on the road and then almost knocked off Fresno State before falling in double overtime 55-54. On Oct. 11, the Rockets won at Michigan 13-10. However at just 2-6, the school felt it was the right time to make the move.

Toledo ranks near the bottom in almost every team stat the NCAA keeps. The Rockets are 84th in rushing, 79th in passing and 99th in defense. The Rockets play at Akron on Nov. 5.

Bruce Feldman is a senior writer with ESPN The Magazine.