Wave Chat with Rick Dickson - May 10, 2011



May 10, 2011

Dear Green Wave Fans,

For the last couple of weeks there's been a lot of Black and Gold mingling with the Olive Green and Blue in the Wilson Center and out on the football practice field. As sports fans you know the NFL is in the throes of a lockout. What you may not know is the New Orleans Saints have been holding workouts at our place for the last couple of weeks. Saints QB Drew Brees is spearheading the effort and he called me a while back to organize everything. I was more than happy to help a team that has meant so much to New Orleans.

It's been great to see how our football student-athletes interact with the Saints professionals, each of whom appreciate what Tulane is doing. In fact, our first string quarterback Ryan Griffin connected with Drew and they have been doing some drills together. Since they've both had the same type of shoulder surgery, they may even be comparing notes on that, too!

I want to give a nod to our golf team, which ended its season over the weekend tied for 12th at the NCAA D1 Women's Central Regional. While their season ended sooner than we wanted, a shout out goes to Maribel Lopez Porras, who is an individual qualifier for this year's NCAA Championships. Also, we should all recognize the contributions of seniors Linn Gustafson and Janine Fellows, who helped us reestablish women's golf at Tulane.

Finally, there are a couple of huge weekends ahead for baseball. After a series win against Memphis, the team is now in sixth place in Conference USA. The next two series against Marshall and East Carolina are pivotal as we make a run at the conference tournament and beyond.

We'll be saying goodbye to 43 student-athletes who will receive their diplomas at Commencement on Thursday. One journey ends. Another begins.

Roll Wave,

Rick Dickson

PS: Be on the lookout for the Dads & Grads auction benefitting Tulane Athletics on Charitybuzz.com starting the week of May 16. Right now you can bid on two tickets to watch the UEFA Champions League Final at Wembley Stadium:http://www.charitybuzz.com/catalog_items/265450