Tulane Green Wave Football
Get Tulane Green Wave Football essential facts below. View Videos or join the Tulane Green Wave Football discussion. Add Tulane Green Wave Football to your PopFlock.com topic list for future reference or share this resource on social media.
Tulane Green Wave Football
Tulane Green Wave football
Tulane Green Wave wordmark.svg
First season1893
Athletic directorTroy Dannen
Head coachWillie Fritz
4th season, 23-27 (.460)
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 record
Bowl record6–7 (.462)
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]


Conference affiliations

Tulane has been both an independent and affiliated with multiple conferences.[5]


Conference championships

Tulane has won nine conference football championships in four different conferences. As of 2018, Tulane's three Southeastern Conference titles are more than seven current members of the SEC: Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi State, Missouri, South Carolina, Texas A&M, or Vanderbilt.[13]

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

+ Co-championship

Division championships

Season Division Coach Opponent CG result
2018+ The American West Willie Fritz N/A lost tiebreaker to Memphis

+ Co-championship

Bowl games

Tulane has played in 14 official bowl games, with the Green Wave garnering a record of 6-8. 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.

Head coaches

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.[14] 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).

Home stadium

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.[15]

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.[16][17]



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.[18] LSU leads the series 69-23-7 through the 2019 season.[19]

Southern Miss

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.[20] 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.[21] Southern Miss leads the series 23-8 through the 2019 season.[19]


Tulane leads the series with Auburn 17-15-6 through the 2019 season.[22]

Ole Miss

Ole Miss leads the series 43-28 through the 2018 season.[23]


Marching band

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.[24] 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."[24]

Individual honors


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.[25]

All-time record vs. AAC teams

Records current as of November 24, 2018 [26][failed verification]

Opponent Games W L T Percentage Streak First
UCF 9 2 7 0 .222 Lost 2 2001
Cincinnati 17 11 6 0 .647 Lost 3 1909
Connecticut 3 2 1 0 .667 Won 1 2014
East Carolina 16 5 11 0 .313 Won 2 1991
Houston 23 6 17 0 .261 Lost 1 1968
Memphis 35 12 22 1 .357 Won 1 1954
Navy 23 12 10 1 .543 Won 1 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

Future opponents


Announced schedules as of February 23, 2021.[27]

See also


  1. ^ "Tulane University Football Making Waves for 2014 Season". PR.com. July 16, 2014. Retrieved 2014.
  2. ^ "SIAA Conference Champions". CFDataWarehouse.com. 2008. Retrieved .
  3. ^ 2017-18 Tulane Athletics Branding Style Guide (PDF). August 25, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ Tammy Nunez (December 8, 2011). "Tulane plans to build a 30,000-plus seat on-campus football stadium". Times-Picayune. Retrieved .
  5. ^ "2018 Media Guide" (PDF). tulanegreenwave.com. Tulane Athletics.
  6. ^ "2019 Tulane Football Media Guide" (pdf). Issuu.inc. p. 124. Retrieved 2019.
  7. ^ "2019 Tulane Football Media Guide" (pdf). Issuu.inc. p. 124. Retrieved 2019.
  8. ^ "2019 Tulane Football Media Guide" (pdf). Issuu.inc. p. 124. Retrieved 2019.
  9. ^ "2019 Tulane Football Media Guide" (pdf). Issuu.inc. pp. 124-125. Retrieved 2019.
  10. ^ "2019 Tulane Football Media Guide" (pdf). Issuu.inc. p. 125. Retrieved 2019.
  11. ^ "2019 Tulane Football Media Guide" (pdf). Issuu.inc. p. 125. Retrieved 2019.
  12. ^ "2019 Tulane Football Media Guide" (pdf). Issuu.inc. p. 125. Retrieved 2019.
  13. ^ "Football SEC Champions". Southeastern Conference. Retrieved 2019.
  14. ^ "Player Bio: Chris Scelfo". Tulane University Athletics. Archived from the original on September 7, 2015. Retrieved 2015.
  15. ^ "The History of Tulane Stadium(s)". bestofneworleans.com. Retrieved .
  16. ^ "Tulane University Yulman Stadium". Woodward Design+Build. Retrieved 2014.
  17. ^ Christopher Dabe (September 4, 2014). "High demand for Tulane football tickets could lead to Yulman expansion, AD Rick Dickson says". nola.com. Retrieved 2014.
  18. ^ "LSU, Tulane in discussions to play each other in football in 2013". nola.com. Retrieved .
  19. ^ a b http://www.winsipedia.com/tulane/vs/lsu
  20. ^ Richie Weaver (2010-11-05). "Football to "Battle for the Bell" Saturday vs. C-USA Rivals Southern Miss". TulaneGreenWave.com. Retrieved .
  21. ^ "Football Announces Four-Game Series with Southern Miss". TulaneGreenWave.com. April 13, 2017. Retrieved 2017.
  22. ^ http://www.winsipedia.com/tulane/vs/auburn
  23. ^ http://www.winsipedia.com/tulane/vs/ole-miss
  24. ^ a b "Tulane University Traditions". Tulane.edu. Retrieved .
  25. ^ "Tulane Green Wave All-America Selections". Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 2016.
  26. ^ "Tulane Records by Team". cfbdatawarehouse.com. Retrieved 2015.
  27. ^ "Tulane Green Wave Football Future Schedules". FBSchedules.com. Retrieved 2021.

External links

  This article uses material from the Wikipedia page available here. It is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.



Music Scenes