Tulane Green Wave
|Tulane Green Wave|
AAC (July 1, 2014)
|Athletics director||Rick Dickson|
|Location||New Orleans, LA|
|Football stadium||Mercedes-Benz Superdome|
|Basketball arena||Devlin Fieldhouse|
|Baseball stadium||Greer Field at Turchin Stadium|
|Other arenas||Goldring Tennis Center
|Fight song||The Olive and the Blue|
|Colors||Olive Green and Sky Blue1
Green Wave, the nickname of the sports teams of Tulane University, was adopted during the 1920 season, after a song titled "The Rolling Green Wave" was published in the Tulane Hullabaloo in 1920. From 1893 to 1919 the athletic teams of Tulane were officially known as "The Olive and Blue," for the official school colors. In 1919 the Tulane Weekly, one of Tulane's many student newspapers at the time and the predecessor of the Tulane Hullabaloo, began referring to the football team as the "Greenbacks," an unofficial nickname that also led to another: the "Greenies."1
Tulane competes in NCAA Division I as a member of Conference USA. The university was a charter member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), in which it competed until 1966. Tulane, along with other academically-oriented, private schools had considered forming the Southern Ivy League (aka Magnolia Conference) in the 1950s. In 2012 the university announced it would move to the Big East Conference (later renamed the American Athletic Conference) in all sports in July 2014.2 There are 16 Green Wave intercollegiate programs: football, basketball, baseball, track and cross country, tennis, women's volleyball, women's sand volleyball, women's golf, women's bowling, and women's swimming and diving.3
- 1 NCAA intercollegiate sports
- 2 Effects of Hurricane Katrina
- 3 Athletics reform
- 4 Tulane Athletics Fund
- 5 Fan traditions
- 6 Logo and mascot
- 7 Conference championships
- 8 National championships
- 9 Notable sports alumni
- 10 References
- 11 External links
The Tulane football team, established in 1893, competes in NCAA Division I FBS college football in the West division of Conference USA. They are coached by Curtis Johnson and play home games in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. In 2011 it was announced they will move to a new on-campus stadium in 2014.4
Both the men's and women's basketball teams play home games in Devlin Fieldhouse, named after a donation that enabled extensive renovations in 2012–13. It is the 9th-oldest active basketball venue in the nation.5
Tulane is the only school from the original Metro Conference to have remained in the original conference through the 1975 founding, the 1991 breakup that saw several schools form the Great Midwest Conference, the 1995 reunification that created today's Conference USA, and the 2004 realignment of conferences.
Tulane's men's basketball program fell victim to one of the biggest scandals of the 1980s in college sports when four players, including star forward "Hot Rod" Williams, were accused of taking money and cocaine to alter the final point spreads of games they played in. Clyde Eads and Jon Johnson were granted immunity to testify against Williams, the alleged ringleader. Although he was indicted, the judge eventually declared a mistrial, and no sentence was handed down. Williams spent the next nine years with the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers. Within days of Williams' indictment, the entire basketball coaching staff and the athletic director resigned. Shortly afterward school president Eamon Kelly disbanded the basketball program. He didn't intend to ever allow its return but relented in 1988 after several students convinced him that they were being punished for something that occurred when they weren't at Tulane.6
New head coach Perry Clark rebuilt the program to unprecedented success, including a 1991–92 season that started 13–0 and ended in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The 1992–93 and 1994–95 teams matched that team's success, but Tulane hasn't approached such heights since. Clark resigned in 2000 to coach the Miami Hurricanes. The Green Wave failed to make any postseason tournament under Clark's successor, Shawn Finney, or under former Maryland assistant Dave Dickerson.
Ed Conroy was hired as the new head coach in 2010. His teams have seen initial success against out-of-conference foes in each of its seasons but have done poorly in conference games. The 2010–11 team finished 13–17 after a 12–3 start, while his 2011–12 team finished 15–16 after starting 14–6.789
Tulane's women's basketball program has found continuous success under the coaching of Lisa Stockton, who began at Tulane in 1995. That year, Stockton led the team to its first NCAA Tournament appearance and was named Metro Conference Coach of the Year. That first appearance began a string of 9 consecutive NCAA Tournament berths. The team has been regular-season C-USA champions 4 times, most recently in the 2009–10 season, when they held a 23–6 record (14–2 in C-USA). In addition, they have won the C-USA tournament 5 times: 1996–97, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, and 2009–10. Lisa Stockton is the winningest coach in C-USA history and has twice been named C-USA Coach of the Year (2006–07 and 2009–10).1011
2006–07 seniors Jami Montagnino (ranked 5th in NCAA Division I teams in free-throw percentage12) and D'Aundra Henry proved essential to the team's success, both hitting 1,000 points for their careers in that season. The team that season was upset by Rice 64–52 in the C-USA semifinals in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and did not receive an at-large bid to the 2007 NCAA Tournament. With a final record of 25–6, they became the first team with 25 or more wins and six or fewer losses not to make it into the 64-team bracket, along with a 26–3 Montana team.13 Following a 62–53 win over UAB in the 2010 C-USA Tournament Final, the team advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2003.14 During the 2011–12 season, senior Brett Benzio became the second female and third Tulane basketball player ever to reach 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a season.15
As a result of Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, Tulane's varsity sports teams, with the exception of cross country and track and field, moved to four universities in Texas and Louisiana for the remainder of that academic semester, while continuing to represent Tulane in competition:16
- Louisiana Tech University: football
- Southern Methodist University: men's and women's golf
- Texas A&M University: men's basketball, women's swimming and diving, women's volleyball, women's soccer, men's tennis, and women's tennis
- Texas Tech University: baseball and women's basketball
For its fortitude in the face of Katrina, the 2005 Tulane football team received Disney's Wide World of Sports Spirit Award and the Football Writers Association of America Annual Courage Award.17 The university's Renewal Plan called for the suspension of some of its sports, and it did not return to a full 16 teams until the 2011-12 school year.3
In 2003 Tulane undertook a comprehensive review of its athletics department commitments in light of the long-term goals and mission of the school. The outcome of the review was a renewed commitment to fielding a strong Division I athletic program, but also a resolution to make Tulane a model program in terms of academic performance, graduation rates, financial viability, and support for the overall University mission.18 (In 2003 Tulane's graduation rate for student-athletes stood at 79%, ranking 14th among all Division I programs.)
To that end, President Scott Cowen began a dialog with other university presidents calling for a change to the existing system that rewards established powers at the expense of less successful programs. His criticisms, in particular of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) in football, led to the creation of the Presidential Coalition for Athletics Reform and opened the door for hearings on college athletics revenues in the Senate Judiciary Committee in October 2003. On February 29, 2004, the BCS met in Miami, Florida, and agreed to amend revenue distribution and open the series to more opportunities for non-BCS teams. As a member of the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee, Cowen remains active in decision-making regarding the future of college football.19
Tulane Athletics Fund, the official fundraising arm of Tulane Green Wave, supports Green Wave student-athletes in their academic, athletic, and community pursuits by providing unrestricted annual funds to the Athletics department. It is a component of the Tulane Fund, Tulane University's annual giving program.
In 2007 the fund set a record for membership with 2,210 donors contributing.20 In 2011 it spearheaded the "Home Field Advantage" campaign aimed at funding the new Tulane Community Stadium on the Uptown campus.4
Here's a song for the Olive and the Blue
Green Wave Green Wave,
A One, A Two,
Drink, drink, drink, drink
We praise thee for thy past, O Alma Mater!
Tulane officials commissioned John Chase in 1945 to illustrate the covers of its football game programs. He came up with Greenie, a mischievous boy who would be considered an unofficial mascot by many fans. Chase illustrated Greenie on program covers until 1969.21
In 1963 the Athletics Director and Eldon Endacott, manager of the university bookstore, contacted Art Evans, a commercial artist who already had designed the Boilermaker mascot for Purdue University, the Wisconsin Badgers and the University of Southern California Trojan, to create a new mascot for Tulane athletics. His design for a mean-looking anthropomorphic wave-crest was officially adopted in 1964.
A new logo consisting of a white block "T" with green and blue waves crossing its center was adopted in 1986 as the primary symbol for official uniforms, though the "angry wave" continued to be used unofficially in licensed products, and a costumed Green Wave nicknamed Gumby served as the mascot.
A full redesign of all athletics logos and marks was commissioned in 1998, replacing the "angry wave" and "wavy T" designs with a green and blue oblique T crested by a foamy wave. Gumby was replaced with a new pelican mascot, recalling the university seal, and the fact that a pelican was often used in the first half of the century as the emblem of Tulane's athletics teams. The pelican is also the Louisiana state bird and is found on the state flag and state seal). The name "Riptide" was selected for the performing pelican by the administration after a vote of the student body in which the students actually voted that the pelican be named "Pecker." The pelican mascot name may have been so voted as the student body had also overwhelmingly voted for Poseidon to be the mascot. Poseidon was rejected by the administration and student body government because it could be portrayed as a white male.
- Baseball (5): 1948 • 1997 • 1998 • 2001 • 2005
- Tournament (8): 1979 • 1982 • 1992 • 1996 • 1998 • 1999 • 2001 • 200522
- Basketball (2): 1944 • 1992
- Cross Country (1): 200123
- Football (9): 1920 • 1925 • 1929 • 1930 • 1931 • 1934 • 1939 • 1949 • 1998
- Tennis (5): 1997 • 2001 • 2003 • 2004 • 200524
- Basketball (4): 1997 • 1999 • 2007 • 2010
- Tournament (5): 1997 • 1999 • 2000 • 2001 • 201025
- Golf (4): 2004 • 2005 • 2009 • 201026
- Swimming/Diving (1): 200527
- Tennis (4): 2001 • 2003 • 2004 • 200528
- Volleyball (1): 2008
- Tournament (1): 200829
- Tennis (1): 195930
- Tennis Singles (8): 1930 • 1932 • 1936 • 1937 • 1949 • 1953 • 1954 • 195530
- Tennis Doubles (2): 1957 • 195930
- Golf (Individual) (3): 1925 • 1926 • 1939
- "Tulane Traditions". tulanegreenwave.com. Retrieved 2011-11-17.
- Pete Thamel (2012-11-27). "Big East adding East Carolina for football, Tulane for all sports". sportsillustrated.com. Retrieved 2012-11-27.
- Tammy Nunez (2010-07-09). "Tulane adds new sports sand volleyball and bowling to 2011-12 lineup". nola.com. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
- Nunez, Tammy (December 8, 2011). "Tulane plans to build a 30,000-plus seat on-campus football stadium". Times-Picayune. Retrieved December 9, 2011.
- "Tulane Unveils Devlin Fieldhouse, the Newly Restored Facility for Basketball, Volleyball". TulaneGreenWave.com. Retrieved December 26, 2012.
- Perry Vanglider (2010-03-25). "A Sad Anniversary: 25 Years Since Tulane Basketball's Point Shaving Scandal". SportsNOLA.com. Retrieved 2013-07-27.
- "Tulane Basketball 2010-11 Schedule". TulaneGreenWave.com. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
- "Tulane Basketball 2011-12 Schedule". TulaneGreenWave.com. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
- Matt Norlander (2012-09-11). "Trippin': Tulane rebuilds its program from players to facilities". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
- "Tulane Coah Earns C-USA Honor". nola.com. 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-09.
- "Lisa Stockton Named C-USA Women's Basketball Coach Of The Year". tulanegreenwave.com. 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-12.
- "Tulane National Ranking Summary". ncaasports.com. 2007. Retrieved 2007-03-09.
- "Green Wave women's basketball eliminated by Rice Owls in C-USA semifinals". thehullabaloo.com. 2007-03-09. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
- "Tulane Wins 2010 C-USA Title with 62-54 Victory Over UAB". conferenceusa.com. 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-12.
- "Benzio Makes History As Women's Basketball Downs Houston, 71-43". tulanegreenwave.com. 2012-03-01. Retrieved 2012-03-06.
- "Tulane Athletics and the Katrina Semester". tulanegreenwave.com. 2005-11-21. Retrieved 2012-03-06.
- Aaron Martin (2006-01-18). "The Torch". Tulanian. Retrieved 2012-03-06.
- Thomas, Katie (2008-10-07). "At Tulane, Sports Revival After Katrina’s Wind and Water". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-10-10.
- Chip Patterson (2012-06-21). "Meet the BCS Presidential Oversight Committee". CBS Sports. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
- "Tulane Athletics Fund". Retrieved 2012-09-13.
- "Greenie a gridiron giant". 2012-09-05. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
- "Men's Baseball Record Book". C-USA. Retrieved 2012-03-29.
- "Men's Cross Country History/Records". C-USA. Retrieved 2012-03-29.
- "Men's Tennis History/Records". C-USA. Retrieved 2012-03-29.
- "Women's Basketball History/Records". C-USA. Retrieved 2012-03-29.
- "Women's Golf History/Records". C-USA. Retrieved 2012-03-29.
- "Women's Swimming & Diving History/Records". C-USA. Retrieved 2012-03-29.
- "Women's Tennis History/Records". C-USA. Retrieved 2012-03-29.
- "Women's Volleyball History/Records". C-USA. Retrieved 2012-03-29.
- "Division I Men's Tennis Championship History". NCAA. Retrieved 2012-03-29.