Big football question still unanswered at Tulane
He said it back in September of 2014.
“This is our place. Yulman Stadium is our home. And, its going to be a great home,” said Tulane University President Scott Cowen, as quoted from the New Orleans Advocate.
Four and half football seasons later, on a second head coach, Tulane football is 11 wins, 15 losses at Yulman Stadium heading into Friday night’s conference opener against Memphis.
Tulane has had one winning season at Yulman Stadium, and is 0-3 against power 5 teams in their return Uptown.
When the Green Wave left the Superdome to return to campus, we heard the litany of reasons (or excuses) as to why.
“Not a college atmosphere.”
“Too big, seems like no one is actually at the games.”
“The students won’t come downtown.”
Tulane’s last five seasons at the Superdome weren’t success filled either.
The Green Wave was 12 wins, 20 losses. The Green Wave’s last season in the Superdome, 2013, was quite good. They won 5 and lost 1.
That 2013 team had something that most Tulane football teams do not.
That is, a host of players who were either drafted or made NFL teams as free agents. The 2013 Wave included future NFL draft picks Ryan Grant, Lorenzo Doss, and Taurean Nixon. It also included free agents who made NFL teams like Orleans Darkwa, Rob Kelley and kicker Cairo Santos.
Players always win games. Stadiums don’t make tackles. Stadiums don’t complete passes.
In the early 90’s, the vaunted Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge was half empty. No one in their right mind would say LSU had a home field advantage in those days when the LSU roster was mostly barren of outstanding players.
In 2000, when you walked into the LSU post game head coach press conference, there was a sign just outside the door.
“The Tigers, are what makes Tiger Stadium special.”
So, here’s a question.
If Tulane head coach Willie Fritz, who has won EVERY OTHER PLACE HE HAS COACHED, can’t win at Tulane, what does that say?
Hopefully, it won’t be an issu and the 1-3 Green Wave will make a big push in the final eight games of the regular season.
In the meantime, after 80 million bucks were spent on a cozy stadium Uptown, the big question continues to be avoided like a mocassin in a Louisiana swamp.
Why aren’t we winning?
Until that question is adequately answered and then addressed, this will be true.
Uptown, at the Superdome, at Tad Gormley or at Joe Yenni Stadium, players score touchdowns and make tackles.
The heck with tailgating, let’s talk about winning.
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Ed is a New Orleans native, born at Baptist Hospital. He graduated Rummel High School, class of 1975, and subsequently graduated from Loyola University. Ed started in TV in 1977 as first sports intern at WVUE Channel 8. He became Sports Director at KPLC TV Channel 7 in Lake Charles in 1980. In 1982 he was hired as sports reporter…