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Tulane Green Wave football
2018 Tulane Green Wave football team
Tulane Green Wave wordmark.svg
First season1893
Athletic directorTroy Dannen
Head coachWillie Fritz
3rd season, 11–20 (.355)
StadiumYulman Stadium
(Capacity: 30,000)
Year built2014
Field surfaceUBU Speed Series S5-M[1]
LocationNew Orleans, Louisiana
NCAA divisionDivision I FBS
ConferenceThe American
Past conferencesSIAA (1896–1922)
SoCon (1922–1932)
SEC (1932–1965)
Independent (1966-1995)
C-USA (1996–2014)
All-time record518–642–38 (.448)
Bowl record4–7 (.364)
Conference titles9
SIAA: 1920[2]
SoCon: 1925, 1929, 1930, 1931
SEC: 1934, 1939, 1949
C-USA: 1998
RivalriesLSU (rivalry)
Southern Miss (rivalry)
Auburn (rivalry)
Ole Miss (rivalry)
Consensus All-Americans5
ColorsOlive Green and Sky Blue[3]
Fight songThe Olive and the Blue
Marching bandTulane University Marching Band

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]


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.[5] 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).

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 Record Conf. Record
1920 SIAA Clark Shaughnessy 6–2–1 5–0
1925 SoCon Clark Shaughnessy 9–0–1 5–0
1929 SoCon Bernie Bierman 9–0 6–0
1930 SoCon Bernie Bierman 8–1 5–0
1931 SoCon Bernie Bierman 11–1 8–0
1934 SEC Ted Cox 10–1 8–0
1939 SEC Red Dawson 8–1–1 5–0
1949 SEC Henry E. Frnka 7–2–1 5–1
1998 C-USA Tommy Bowden 12–0 6–0

† Conference co-championship

Home stadium[edit]

Yulman Stadium Student Section

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 Louisiana Superdome for nearly 40 seasons, and in its previous on-campus venue, the third Tulane Stadium, before that. The Green Wave have also played at the second Tulane Stadium, first Tulane Stadium, Athletic Park and Crescent City Base Ball Park.[6]

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.[7][8]


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.[9] The TUMB performs at home games each fall and in Mardi Gras parades each spring.


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."[9]

All-time record vs. AAC teams[edit]

Opponent Games W L T Percentage Streak First
UCF 8 2 6 0 .250 Lost 1 2001
Cincinnati 17 11 6 0 .647 Lost 3 1909
Connecticut 3 2 1 0 .667 Won 1 2014
East Carolina 15 4 11 0 .267 Won 1 1991
Houston 22 6 16 0 .273 Won 1 1968
Memphis 35 12 22 1 .357 Won 1 1954
Navy 22 11 10 1 .523 Lost 4 1949
South Florida 2 1 1 0 .500 Won 1 2017
Southern Methodist 25 13 12 0 .520 Lost 4 1943
Temple 4 1 3 0 .250 Lost 3 1935
Tulsa 15 4 11 0 .267 Won 2 1968
Totals 168 67 99 2 .405

Records current as of November 3, 2018 [10]



The 13th Battle for the Flag, a 0–0 tie in New Orleans on November 26, 1914.

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 Rag in 2009. The rivalry became less competitive after 1948, until Tulane broke a 25-game non-winning 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. 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.[11] LSU leads the series 69–23–7 through the 2018 season.[12]

Southern Miss[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.[13] The rivalry was put on hold as a result of Tulane's move to The American Athletic Conference in 2014, but in 2017 the schools announced new games slated for 2022, 2023, 2026, and 2027.[14] Southern Miss leads the series 23–7 through the 2018 season.[15]


Tulane leads the series with Auburn 17–14–6 through the 2018 season.[16]

Ole Miss[edit]

Ole Miss leads the series 43–28 through the 2018 season.[17]

Individual award winners[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.[18]

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

Bowl appearances[edit]

Tulane has played in eleven official bowl games, with the Green Wave garnering a record of 4–7. Tulane also played in the Bacardi Bowl in 1909, playing the Havana Athletic Club, losing 11–0. This was not sanctioned by the NCAA, and thus the Green Wave do not recognize the bowl appearance. Notably, Tulane's first bowl win was the inaugural Sugar Bowl, played in their home stadium.

Season Coach Bowl Opponent Result
1931 Bernie Bierman Rose Bowl USC L 12–21
1934 Ted Cox Sugar Bowl Temple W 20–14
1939 Red Dawson Sugar Bowl Texas A&M L 13–14
1970 Jim Pittman Liberty Bowl Colorado W 17–3
1973 Bennie Ellender Bluebonnet Bowl Houston L 7–47
1979 Larry Smith Liberty Bowl Penn State L 6–9
1980 Vince Gibson Hall of Fame Classic Arkansas L 15–34
1987 Mack Brown Independence Bowl Washington L 12–24
1998 Tommy Bowden Liberty Bowl BYU W 41–27
2002 Chris Scelfo Hawaii Bowl Hawaii W 36–28
2013 Curtis Johnson New Orleans Bowl Louisiana–Lafayette L 21–24

Future opponents[edit]


Announced schedules as of April 14, 2017. [11][20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27][28][29][14][30]

2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029
at FIU vs Southeastern Louisiana vs Oklahoma vs Massachusetts vs Ole Miss vs Kansas State at Duke vs South Alabama vs Southern Miss at Iowa State vs Iowa State
vs Missouri State vs Army vs UAB vs Southern Miss vs Mississippi State at Oklahoma at South Alabama at Southern Miss at Wake Forest
at Auburn at Northwestern at Ole Miss at Kansas State at Southern Miss at Ole Miss vs Duke
vs Army at Mississippi State vs Northwestern at Kansas State


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.[31]

2017 2018
vs Cincinnati vs East Carolina
vs Houston vs Memphis
vs USF vs Navy
vs Tulsa vs SMU
at East Carolina at Cincinnati
at Memphis at Houston
at Navy at USF
at SMU at Tulsa

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "SIAA Conference Champions". CFDataWarehouse.com. 2008. Retrieved 2008-07-11.
  3. ^ 2017–18 Tulane Athletics Branding Style Guide (PDF). August 25, 2017. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  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.
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  6. ^ "The History of Tulane Stadium(s)". bestofneworleans.com. Retrieved 2018-02-06.
  7. ^ "Tulane University Yulman Stadium". Woodward Design+Build. Retrieved September 20, 2014.
  8. ^ 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.
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  11. ^ a b "LSU, Tulane in discussions to play each other in football in 2013". nola.com. Retrieved 2012-08-17.
  12. ^ http://www.winsipedia.com/tulane/vs/lsu
  13. ^ Richie Weaver (2010-11-05). "Football to "Battle for the Bell" Saturday vs. C-USA Rivals Southern Miss". TulaneGreenWave.com. Retrieved 2012-12-05.
  14. ^ a b "Football Announces Four-Game Series with Southern Miss". TulaneGreenWave.com. April 13, 2017. Retrieved April 14, 2017.
  15. ^ http://www.winsipedia.com/tulane/vs/lsu
  16. ^ http://www.winsipedia.com/tulane/vs/auburn
  17. ^ http://www.winsipedia.com/tulane/vs/ole-miss
  18. ^ "Tulane Green Wave All-America Selections". Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved April 13, 2016.
  19. ^ "2015 Tulane Football Roster". Tulane Athletics. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  20. ^ "Tulane Green Wave Football Schedules and Future Schedules". fbschedules.com. Retrieved June 6, 2015.
  21. ^ "Live Chat with Rick Dickson". tulanegreenwave.com. December 18, 2012. Retrieved December 26, 2012.
  22. ^ "Tulane Football adds Oklahoma, Ole Miss to Future Schedules". tulanegreenwave.com. May 21, 2015. Retrieved May 22, 2015.
  23. ^ "Tulane, Ohio State Agree to Play in Columbus in 2018". tulanegreenwave.com. May 26, 2016. Retrieved May 26, 2016.
  24. ^ "Tulane, Mississippi State agree to football home-and-home". sportsnola.com. August 12, 2016. Retrieved August 12, 2016.
  25. ^ "Tulane, UAB schedule football series for 2018 and 2021". fbschedules. August 16, 2016. Retrieved September 7, 2016.
  26. ^ "Tulane adds future games vs. FIU, Grambling & Nicholls State". fbschedules.com. August 17, 2016. Retrieved September 7, 2016.
  27. ^ "South Alabama, Tulane move future football series to 2025-26". fbschedules.com. August 22, 2016. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  28. ^ "Tulane, Kansas State agree on home-and-home series". nola.com. October 6, 2016. Retrieved October 6, 2016.
  29. ^ "Tulane adds Auburn and Missouri State to 2019 football schedule". fbsschedules.com. March 10, 2017. Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  30. ^ "Tulane has a home-and-home scheduled with Iowa State for 2028, 2029". nola.com. October 2, 2018. Retrieved October 2, 2018.
  31. ^ "AMERICAN ANNOUNCES FOOTBALL SCHEDULE FORMAT FOR 2015-18". The American Athletic Conference. Retrieved January 15, 2015.

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