March 2, 2011
Dear Green Wave Fans,
Those of you who don't live in New Orleans may recall from your college days how great it is when Mardi Gras falls in March. It's the perfect backdrop for our athletic teams who are proud to host visiting teams during this festive time. The weather has been perfect - low humidity, plenty of sunshine and perfect for golf and baseball.
For the past few days, our women's golf team has been teeing off in the Allstate Sugar Bowl Golf Championship being held at English Turn on the West Bank. Seventeen teams made the trip to New Orleans, including seven of the top 10 squads as well as the nation's top-ranked golfer.
Our team, lead by third-year coach John Thomas Horton, had the 15th ranked Wave ready to go. After the first day of the tourney they were in first place. Day two they slipped to a tie for second with 2nd ranked USC, trailing only No. 1 Alabama. This all makes for an exciting finish today and as soon as the results are in you can find them at tulanegreenwave.com. Those of you who can't wait can follow the action on http://www.golfstat.com/.
Our warm weather was no doubt quite a change for the Colonials of George Washington University, who played at Turchin this weekend. The Green Wave swept the series. I hope the GW guys found some time to take in a parade, which are a little different than the ones in our nation's capitol.
Mardi Gras will give a needed break to the dozens of folks here in the athletics department and across the university who have been diligently working on the voluminous NCAA Self-Study Certification that every school has to complete every 10 years. When we are finished with our report, it will total about 200 pages and it will have consumed a thousand or more hours from the team that is preparing it.
The point of the exercise is to make sure that our student-athletes have the best possible experience when they join the Green Wave family. The NCAA focuses on five critical areas: governance and commitment to rules compliance; academic integrity; gender issues; diversity issues; and student-athlete well-being.
Our preliminary report has to be submitted to the NCAA review team on April 29; they will take a look and get back to us with questions. A team of reviewers chosen from universities across the country, and led by BYU President Cecil Samuelson, will visit our campus in the fall of 2011. They will read our documents, talk to our student-athletes, coaches and staff, check out our facilities and then make their decision. We should know the results next spring. I know our NCAA Self-study group is grateful for the Mardi Gras holidays as they put the finishing touches on their report.
Meanwhile, I wish all of you a happy and safe Mardi Gras. If you see the Dickson family out with the Krewe of Bikes on Fat Tuesday, give us a shout.