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Tulane Green Wave football
2016 Tulane Green Wave football team
Tulane Green Wave wordmark.png
First season 1893
Athletic director Troy Dannen
Head coach Willie Fritz
1st year, 4–8 (.333)
Stadium Yulman Stadium
Year built 2014
Seating capacity 30,000
Field surface UBU Speed Series S5-M[1]
Location New Orleans, Louisiana
NCAA division Division I FBS
Conference The American
Division West
Past conferences SIAA (1896–1922)
SoCon (1922–1932)
SEC (1932–1966)
C-USA (1996–2014)
All-time record 511–629–38 (.450)
Bowl record 4–8 (.333)
Conference titles 9
SIAA: 1920[2]
SoCon: 1925, 1929, 1930, 1931
SEC: 1934, 1939, 1949
C-USA: 1998
Consensus All-Americans 5
Colors Olive Green and Sky Blue[3]
         
Fight song The Olive and the Blue
Mascot Riptide
Marching band Tulane University Marching Band
Outfitter Nike
Rivals LSU Tigers
Southern Miss Golden Eagles
Website TulaneGreenWave.com

The Tulane Green Wave football team represents Tulane University in the sport of American football. The Green Wave compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as a member of the American Athletic Conference (The American). The football team is coached by Willie Fritz, and plays its home games in Yulman Stadium on its campus in Uptown New Orleans.[4]

History[edit]

Home stadium[edit]

Yulman Stadium Student Section
Main article: Yulman Stadium

The Green Wave have played their home games in Yulman Stadium on its Uptown campus since 2014. Prior to that season, Tulane played home games in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome for nearly 40 seasons, and in its previous on-campus venue, Tulane Stadium, before that. Because Tulane's campus is landlocked within Uptown New Orleans, Yulman is tightly fit within its athletic footprint and directly abutting the surrounding neighborhood. The stadium has a capacity of 30,000 spectators and was constructed with the ability to expand.[5][6]

Culture[edit]

Tulane University Marching Band[edit]

TUMB and Shockwave perform at halftime in Yulman Stadium

The Tulane University Marching Band (TUMB) was founded in 1920 as a military band. It dissolved shortly after the team's move to the Superdome in the 1970s and did not formally return until 2006.[7] The TUMB performs at home games each fall and in Mardi Gras parades each spring.

Mascot[edit]

Riptide the Pelican debuted in 1998 with the re-branding of Tulane athletics. Prior to that, the school used an angry wave nicknamed "Gumby" by fans, and before that a John Chase creation named "Greenie."[7]

Rivalries[edit]

LSU Tigers[edit]

The 13th Battle for the Flag, a 0-0 tie in New Orleans on November 26, 1914.
Main article: Battle for the Flag

Tulane's biggest and oldest rival was LSU. It began in 1893 with a 34–0 Green Wave victory over the Tigers. The teams stopped meeting every year in the Battle for the Flag in 2009. The rivalry became less competitive after 1948, until Tulane broke a 25-game losing streak in 1973 with a 14–0 victory in front of a Tulane Stadium record crowd of 86,598 in the final installment of the long-time rivalry played on Tulane's campus. Between 1979 and 1982, Tulane won three out of four games against the Tigers; the 1982 win was the last win to date. The two schools stopped playing annually after the 1994 game; however, they have met six times (1996, 2001, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009) since. LSU lead the series 69–22–7 and won 45 of the final 50 games. As a condition of the broken series agreement made in 2006, a potential future game will be played in a future season in New Orleans.[8]

Southern Miss Golden Eagles[edit]

Known as the Battle for the Bell, Tulane's rivalry with Southern Miss was played yearly from 1979 until 2006 and alternates sites between New Orleans and Hattiesburg, Mississippi. As a result of Conference USA splitting into East and West divisions in 2005, the game was played two out of every four years.[9] The rivalry is paused indefinitely as a result of Tulane's move to The American Athletic Conference in 2014.

Team achievements[edit]

Conference championships[edit]

Tulane has won nine conference football championships in four different conferences. Its three Southeastern Conference titles are more than seven current members of the SEC: Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Missouri, South Carolina, Texas A&M, and Vanderbilt.

# Season Conference Coach Overall Conference
W L T W L T
1 1920 SIAA Clark Shaughnessy 6 2 1 5 0 0
2 1925 SoCon Clark Shaughnessy 9 0 1 5 0 0
3 1929 SoCon Bernie Bierman 9 0 0 6 0 0
4 1930 SoCon Bernie Bierman 8 1 0 5 0 0
5 1931 SoCon Bernie Bierman 11 1 0 8 0 0
6 1934 SEC Ted Cox 10 1 0 8 0 0
7 1939 SEC Red Dawson 8 1 1 5 0 0
8 1949 SEC Henry E. Frnka 7 2 1 5 1 0
9 1998 C-USA Tommy Bowden 12 0 0 6 0 0

Denotes conference co-championships.

Yearly records[edit]

Year Coach Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs AP# BCS°
Independent (1893–1894)
1893 T.L. Bayne 1–2
1894 Fred Sweet 0–4
Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (1895–1921)
1895 T.L. Bayne 3–2 1–2
1896 Harry Baum 3–2 1–2
1897 No Team
1898 John Lombard 1–1 1–1
1899 H. T. Collier 0–6–1 0–5
1900 H.T. Summersgill 5–0 3–0
1901 H.T. Summersgill 5–1 3–0
1902 Virginius Dabney 1–4–2 0–4–2
1903 Charles Eshleman 2–2–1 0–1–1
1904 Thomas Barry 5–2 3–2
1905 John Tobin 0–1 0–1
1906 John Russ 0–4–1 0–3
1907 Joe Curtis 3–2 0–1
1908 Joe Curtis 7–1 3–0
1909 Buster Brown 4–3–2 2–0–2 L 0–11 Bacardi Bowl
1910 Appleton Mason 0–7 0–5
1911 Appleton Mason 5–3–1 2–3
1912 Appleton Mason 5–3 2–2
1913 Arthur Hoffman 3–5 0–4
1914 Edwin Sweetland 3–3–1 0–3–1
1915 Clark Shaughnessy 4–4 0–4
1916 Clark Shaughnessy 4–3–1 2–0–1
1917 Clark Shaughnessy 5–3 2–1
1918 Clark Shaughnessy 4–1–1 0–0
1919 Clark Shaughnessy 6–2–1 3–1–1
1920 Clark Shaughnessy 6–2–1 5–0 T-1st
1921 Myron Fuller 4–6 2–2
Southern Conference (1922–1931)
1922 Clark Shaughnessy 4–4 1–4
1923 Clark Shaughnessy 6–3–1 2–2–1
1924 Clark Shaughnessy 8–1 4–1
1925 Clark Shaughnessy 9–0–1 5–0 T-1st
1926 Clark Shaughnessy 3–5–1 2–4
1927 Bernie Bierman 2–5–1 2–5–1
1928 Bernie Bierman 6–3–1 3–3–1
1929 Bernie Bierman 9–0 6–0 1st Declined Rose Bowl
1930 Bernie Bierman 8–1 5–0 T-1st
1931 Bernie Bierman 11–1 8–0 1st L 12–21 Rose Bowl
1932 Ted Cox 6–2–1 5–2–1
Southeastern Conference (1932–1965)
1933 Ted Cox 6–3–1 4–2–1 5th
1934 Ted Cox 10–1 8–0 T-1st W 20–14 Sugar Bowl
1935 Ted Cox 6–4 3–3 T-6th
1936 Red Dawson 6–3–1 2–3–1 8th
1937 Red Dawson 5–4–1 2–3–1 9th
1938 Red Dawson 7–2–1 4–1–1 T-2nd 19
1939 Red Dawson 8–1–1 5–0 T-1st L 13–14 Sugar Bowl 5
1940 Red Dawson 5–5 1–3 10th
1941 Red Dawson 5–4 2–3 8th
1942 Claude Simons, Jr. 4–5 1–4 10th
1943 Claude Simons, Jr. 3–3 1–1 T-2nd
1944 Claude Simons, Jr. 4–3 1–2 8th
1945 Claude Simons, Jr. 2–6–1 1–3–1 10th
1946 Henry E. Frnka 3–7 2–4 9th
1947 Henry E. Frnka 2–5–2 2–3–2 7th
1948 Henry E. Frnka 9–1 5–1 3rd 13
1949 Henry E. Frnka 7–2–1 5–1 1st
1950 Henry E. Frnka 6–2–1 3–1–1 4th 20
1951 Henry E. Frnka 4–6 1–5 12th
1952 Raymond Wolf 5–5 3–5 8th
1953 Raymond Wolf 1–8–1 0–7 12th
1954 Andy Pilney 1–6–3 1–6–1 10th
1955 Andy Pilney 5–4–1 3–3–1 T-6th
1956 Andy Pilney 6–4 3–3 T-6th
1957 Andy Pilney 2–8 1–5 10th
1958 Andy Pilney 3–7 1–5 11th
1959 Andy Pilney 3–6–1 0–5–1 11th
1960 Andy Pilney 3–6–1 1–4–1 10th
1961 Andy Pilney 2–8 1–5 T-10th
1962 Tommy O'Boyle 0–10 0–7 12th
1963 Tommy O'Boyle 1–8–1 0–6–1 12th
1964 Tommy O'Boyle 3–7 1–5 11th
1965 Tommy O'Boyle 2–8 1–5 T-9th
Independent (1966–1995)
1966 Jim Pittman 5–4–1
1967 Jim Pittman 3–7
1968 Jim Pittman 2–8
1969 Jim Pittman 3–7
1970 Jim Pittman 8–4 W 17–3 Liberty Bowl 17
1971 Bennie Ellender 3–8
1972 Bennie Ellender 6–5
1973 Bennie Ellender 9–3 L 7–47 Bluebonnet Bowl 20
1974 Bennie Ellender 5–6
1975 Bennie Ellender 4–7
1976 Larry Smith 2–9
1977 Larry Smith 3–8
1978 Larry Smith 4–7
1979 Larry Smith 9–3 L 6–9 Liberty Bowl
1980 Vince Gibson 7–5 L 15–34 Hall of Fame Classic
1981 Vince Gibson 6–5
1982 Vince Gibson 4–7
1983 Wally English 2–9
1984 Wally English 3–8
1985 Mack Brown 1–10
1986 Mack Brown 4–7
1987 Mack Brown 6–6 L 12–24 Independence Bowl
1988 Greg Davis 5–6
1989 Greg Davis 4–8
1990 Greg Davis 4–7
1991 Greg Davis 1–10
1992 Buddy Teevens 2–9
1993 Buddy Teevens 4–8
1994 Buddy Teevens 1–10
1995 Buddy Teevens 2–9
Conference USA (1996–2013)
1996 Buddy Teevens 2–9 1–4 6th
1997 Tommy Bowden 7–4 5–1 2nd
1998 Tommy Bowden
Chris Scelfo
12–0 6–0 1st W 41–27 Liberty Bowl 7 10
1999 Chris Scelfo 3–8 1–5 T-6th
2000 Chris Scelfo 6–5 3–4 T-5th
2001 Chris Scelfo 3–9 1–6 9th
2002 Chris Scelfo 8–5 4–4 5th W 36–28 Hawaii Bowl
2003 Chris Scelfo 5–7 3–5 8th
2004 Chris Scelfo 5–6 3–5 T-6th
2005 Chris Scelfo 2–9 1–7 T-5th (West)
2006 Chris Scelfo 4–8 2–6 6th (West)
2007 Bob Toledo 4–8 3–5 T-3rd (West)
2008 Bob Toledo 2–10 1–7 5th (West)
2009 Bob Toledo 3–9 1–7 6th (West)
2010 Bob Toledo 4–8 2–6 6th (West)
2011 Bob Toledo
Mark Hutson
2–11 1–7 6th (West)
2012 Curtis Johnson 2–10 2–6 6th (West)
2013 Curtis Johnson 7–6 5–3 4th (West) L 21–24 New Orleans Bowl
American Athletic Conference (2014–present)
2014 Curtis Johnson 3–9 2–6 8th
2015 Curtis Johnson 3–9 1–7 T-6th (West)
2016 Willie Fritz 4–8 1–7
Total: 512–635–38
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final AP Poll.
°Rankings from final BCS Poll. [10][11]

All-time record vs. AAC teams[edit]

Opponent Games W L T Percentage Streak First
UCF 7 2 5 0 .286 Won 1 2001
Cincinnati 15 11 4 0 .733 Lost 1 1909
Connecticut 2 1 1 0 .500 Lost 1 2014
East Carolina 14 3 11 0 .214 Lost 1 1991
Houston 20 5 15 0 .250 Lost 1 1968
Memphis 32 11 20 1 .359 Lost 9 1954
Navy 20 11 8 1 .575 Lost 2 1949
South Florida 0 0 0 0
Southern Methodist 22 13 9 0 .591 Lost 1 1943
Temple 3 1 2 0 .333 Lost 2 1935
Tulsa 12 2 10 0 .167 Lost 2 1968
Totals 145 59 85 2 .411

Records current as of November 27, 2015 [12]

Individual award winners[edit]

All-Americans[edit]

Tulane has had 19 players named to first-team All-America teams. Of those 19, five were consensus selections, with one being a unanimous selection.[13]

Coaches and staff[edit]

Current staff[edit]

Name Position
Willie Fritz Head coach
Jamaal Fobbs Running Backs
Doug Ruse Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks
Jack Curtis Defensive Coordinator, Secondary
Chris Hampton Secondary
Kevin Peoples Defensive Line
Mike Mutz Linebackers
Alex Atkins Offensive Line
Jeff Conway Wide Receivers
Shane Meyer Director of Football Operations
Wesley Fritz Director of Player Personnel
Johnny Jernigan Defensive Analyst
Derrick Sherman Offensive Analyst
Chris Couch Special Teams Analyst
Liz Devlin-Ziegler Program Manager
Jake Stone Graduate Assistant, Recruiting/Operations
Lindy Wertz Director of On-Campus Recruiting
Walker Ashburn Graduate Assistant, Defense
Jordy Joseph Graduate Assistant, Offense
Reference[14]

Head coaches[edit]

The team has had 39 head coaches and 1 interim head coach since Tulane began playing football in 1893. 12 coaches have led the program to postseason bowl games: R. R. Brown, Bernie Bierman, Ted Cox, Red Dawson, Jim Pittman, Bennie Ellender, Larry Smith, Vince Gibson, Mack Brown, Tommy Bowden, Chris Scelfo, and Curtis Johnson. While Tommy Bowden led the 1998 team to a perfect 11–0 regular season and the 1998 Liberty Bowl, Chris Scelfo coached the team during that game.[15] Six coaches led the team to conference championships: Clark Shaughnessy (1 SIAA and 1 SoCon), Bernie Bierman (3 SoCon), Ted Cox (1 SEC), Red Dawson (1 SEC), Henry E. Frnka (1 SEC), and Tommy Bowden (1 C-USA).

Clark Shaughnessy and Chris Scelfo are tied as the all-time leaders in games coached at Tulane with 94 each. Clark Shaughnessy is the all-time leader in years coached (11) and total wins (59).

Bowl appearances[edit]

Tulane has been to 12 bowls in its history, winning 4. Its victories include the inaugural Sugar Bowl (held in the team's home stadium and the game's namesake, Tulane Stadium), the 1970 Liberty Bowl, the 1998 Liberty Bowl (after a perfect 11–0 season), and the 2002 Hawaiʻi Bowl.

Future opponents[edit]

Non-conference[edit]

Announced schedules as of 2016

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026
at Oklahoma at UAB vs Georgia Tech at Wake Forest at Ole Miss vs Massachusetts vs Ole Miss at Oklahoma at Ole Miss vs South Alabama
vs Army vs Wake Forest at Duke at Mississippi State vs Oklahoma at Kansas State vs Mississippi State vs Kansas State at South Alabama at Kansas State
vs Grambling State at Ohio State at Army vs Army vs UAB
  at FIU vs Nicholls State vs FIU vs Duke

[8][16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24]

Conference[edit]

Beginning in 2015 with the addition of Navy as a football-only member, the American Athletic Conference began its two-division alignment, with Tulane in the West Division with Houston, Memphis, Navy, SMU, and Tulsa. Division members play each other each year, as well as 3 members each year from the opposite division, on a rotating basis.[25]

2016 2017 2018
vs Memphis vs Cincinnati vs East Carolina
vs Navy vs Houston vs Memphis
vs SMU vs USF vs Navy
vs Temple vs Tulsa vs SMU
at UCF at East Carolina at Cincinnati
at UConn at Memphis at Houston
at Houston at Navy at USF
at Tulsa at SMU at Tulsa

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "SIAA Conference Champions". CFDataWarehouse.com. 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-11. 
  3. ^ "2016–17Tulane University MBB Quick Facts" (PDF). 2016-10-09. Retrieved 2017-02-12. 
  4. ^ Tammy Nunez (December 8, 2011). "Tulane plans to build a 30,000-plus seat on-campus football stadium". Times-Picayune. Retrieved 2011-12-09. 
  5. ^ "Tulane University Yulman Stadium". Woodward Design+Build. Retrieved September 20, 2014. 
  6. ^ Christopher Dabe (September 4, 2014). "High demand for Tulane football tickets could lead to Yulman expansion, AD Rick Dickson says". nola.com. Retrieved September 20, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Tulane University Traditions". Tulane.edu. Retrieved 2012-12-05. 
  8. ^ a b "LSU, Tulane in discussions to play each other in football in 2013". nola.com. Retrieved 2012-08-17. 
  9. ^ Richie Weaver (2010-11-05). "Football to "Battle for the Bell" Saturday vs. C-USA Rivals Southern Miss". TulaneGreenWave.com. Retrieved 2012-12-05. 
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  11. ^ "Tulane Football Records since 1945". michigan-football.com/ncaa. 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-12. 
  12. ^ "Tulane Records by Team". cfbdatawarehouse.com. Retrieved December 7, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Tulane Green Wave All-America Selections". Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 13, 2016. 
  14. ^ "2015 Tulane Football Roster". Tulane Athletics. Retrieved June 30, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Player Bio: Chris Scelfo". Tulane University Athletics. Retrieved June 30, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Tulane Green Wave Football Schedules and Future Schedules". fbschedules.com. Retrieved June 6, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Live Chat with Rick Dickson". tulanegreenwave.com. December 18, 2012. Retrieved December 26, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Tulane Football adds Oklahoma, Ole Miss to Future Schedules". tulanegreenwave.com. May 21, 2015. Retrieved May 22, 2015. 
  19. ^ "Tulane, Ohio State Agree to Play in Columbus in 2018". tulanegreenwave.com. May 26, 2016. Retrieved May 26, 2016. 
  20. ^ "Tulane, Mississippi State agree to football home-and-home". sportsnola.com. August 12, 2016. Retrieved August 12, 2016. 
  21. ^ "Tulane, UAB schedule football series for 2018 and 2021". fbschedules. August 16, 2016. Retrieved September 7, 2016. 
  22. ^ "Tulane adds future games vs. FIU, Grambling & Nicholls State". fbschedules.com. August 17, 2016. Retrieved September 7, 2016. 
  23. ^ "South Alabama, Tulane move future football series to 2025-26". fbschedules.com. August 22, 2016. Retrieved September 3, 2016. 
  24. ^ "Tulane, Kansas State agree on home-and-home series". nola.com. October 6, 2016. Retrieved October 6, 2016. 
  25. ^ "AMERICAN ANNOUNCES FOOTBALL SCHEDULE FORMAT FOR 2015-18". The American Athletic Conference. Retrieved January 15, 2015. 

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