Aug. 28, 2008
New Orleans - The Tulane University Department of Athletics will evacuate its student-athletes, coaches and staff out of New Orleans with the impending weather threat from Hurricane Gustav, while Tulane University announced today it will close at noon tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 29, and classes will resume on Thursday, Sept. 4.
The Tulane football team will depart New Orleans on Saturday for Birmingham, Ala., where the Green Wave will continue its preparations for the 2008 season opener at Alabama in Tuscaloosa on Saturday, September 6 at 6 p.m. The Wave women's golf and tennis teams, along with the men's and women's cross country teams, will relocate as well on Saturday, but to the campus of Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss.
The Tulane volleyball team flew out of New Orleans on Thursday for their season opener at the BYU Molten Classic in Provo, Utah, and will remain on a West Coast road trip and travel directly to their next tournament, the Paso Robles Marriott Invitational, Sept. 5-6, at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
Each of Tulane's remaining sport programs that are not in season this fall will follow their personal university evacuation plan.
"We have an annually revised plan that assures the safety of our 280 student-athletes, which is our top priority," Director of Athletics Rick Dickson said. "It gives us the flexibility of determining the manner in which we evacuate. We chose the option of sending two of our active teams- football and volleyball- to their competition sites earlier in light of the fact that classes are canceled through next Wednesday. Additionally, an efficient model of tracking every out-of-season student-athlete will occur at the conclusion of classes on Friday. This tracking system is monitored by our athletic staff and coaches and assures that all our student-athletes reach safe harbor."
Tulane has canceled both the Green Wave Invitational cross country meet, which was scheduled for Friday afternoon at City Park, and the TU volleyball home opener against Florida A&M on Monday, Sept. 1.
Tulane fans can check www.TulaneGreenWave.com for updates on these and other Green Wave Athletics events.
If circumstances change, updated information will be posted on Tulane's emergency website http://emergency.tulane.edu and on the Tulane Alert Line at 1-877-862-8080 or 504-862-8080. Tulane community members will also receive a text message.