October 2009 NewsStand



Nov. 3, 2009

October 30, 2009

Wave has cherished memories facing LSU
It's as if the calendar is playing trick-or-treat. Who would have guessed what could be the last football game between Tulane and LSU will be played on Halloween? Makes you wonder what T.L. Bayne and Charles Coates might be saying about a rivalry they helped launch more than a century ago.

The Forgotten Ghosts Of College Football
Wall Street Journal
On a few campuses across the country, ghosts now reside where packed football stadiums once stood. At these schools, the autumn Saturday experience cherished at so many other colleges--a big game against a hated rival, with a championship possibly at stake--is gone, or is a shadow of what it used to be. The reasons run the gamut from high-minded academic standards, low-minded rule-breaking, changing times and just plain bad decisions.

October 29, 2009

VIDEO: Tulane basketball coaches talk about the upcoming season
Tulane's women's basketball coach Lisa Stockton and men's coach Dave Dickerson talk about the upcoming season at Tuesday's basketball media day.

October 28, 2009

Playing better tops on Green Wave's list
Calls of "Tiger Bait" were far from the Tulane football team as they traveled home from a 43-6 defeat to Southern Miss in Hattiesburg on Saturday. It was a rough outing, riddled with mistakes of every variety in all the three phases of the game.

Toledo: Tulane hoping for respectable showing vs. LSU
The Advocate
The last thing Tulane needs to be doing right now is going to Tiger Stadium to play LSU on Saturday night. The ninth-ranked Tigers are 6-1 and coming off an impressive 31-10 rout of Auburn. The Green Wave is 2-5 and losers of three games in a row.

AUDIO: Bob Toledo press conference
Times-Picayune/NOLA.com/Associated Press
Tulane's Toledo hoping Wave will crest against LSU

Green Wave women will rely on speed
The Tulane women's basketball team doesn't have a host of 6-foot-3 players who can swat the ball into the Fogelman Arena stands. But what the Green Wave lacks in height, it makes up for in speed, players say.

Green Wave men's bsketball believes playing faster will lead to more success
The basketball purist in Dave Dickerson doesn't love the style his team will employ this season. But the Tulane men's basketball coach said he also knows a new tempo is in order. His returning guards make up 51 percent of last season's 1,064 total team points. Dickerson returns his entire backcourt and doesn't have a true center entering this season. Asim McQueen, a 6-foot-7, 220-pound forward, will fill the role.

October 27, 2009

AUDIO: Bob Toledo press conference
Tulane football audio clip from Bob Toledo's weekly press conference.

LSU Tigers say they will not look past Tulane Green Wave
Some kind of weird time vortex was in play around LSU on Monday. The Tigers play Tulane on Halloween night, but perhaps the biggest concern among the Tigers is not whatever immaterial goblins the Green Wave can conjure, but the stone gargoyle Nick Saban and Alabama have become on LSU football.

Tigers on upset alert for Tulane
Shreveport Times
There is a huge red mountain waiting, but before LSU can get to it there's this little green puddle. The No. 9 Tigers (6-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) must play the No. 145 Tulane Green Wave (2-5, 0-4 Conference USA) at 7 Saturday night on TigerVision before it visits the No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide (8-0, 5-0 SEC) at 2:30 p.m. on CBS on Nov. 7.

October 26, 2009

Tulane Football Notes
USA Today
The frustration with a bad season seems to be bubbling to the top for the Green Wave, who dropped their fifth game in seven tries this season, 43-6 to Southern Mississippi. Running back Andre Anderson was very upset after the blowout loss, yelling and screaming outside the Tulane locker room and becoming very emotional.

VIDEO: David Fox at Tulane Quarterback Club
David Fox, Tulane's Director of Football Operations, speaking at the Greater New Orleans Quarterback Club about the Green Wave's trip to Baton Rouge to face the LSU Tigers.

October 25, 2009

Tulane audio clip: Quarterback Ryan Griffin talks about the Southern Miss game
While quarterback Ryan Griffin talks about the Southern Miss game, running back Andre' Anderson expresses frustration in the background.

October 24, 2009

Tulane feeling frustrated after 43-6 loss to Southern Miss
Tulane senior running back Andre Anderson gave voice to a deep-seated Green Wave frustration minutes after Southern Mississippi handed Tulane a 43-6 loss in front of 30,541 in a Conference USA game.

October 23, 2009

VIDEO: Tulane quarterback Ryan Griffin talks about the upcoming game with Southern Miss
The Times-Picayune's Tulane beat reporter Tammy Nunez talks to Green Wave quarterback Ryan Griffin about his promotion to the starting job and about Saturday's game against Conference USA foe Southern Mississippi.

Tulane switching to redshirt freshman at QB
Sporting News
Tulane coach Bob Toledo says redshirt freshman Ryan Griffin will replace sophomore Joe Kemp at quarterback for Saturday's game at Southern Miss.

October 22, 2009

Former Karr players ready to square off in Tulane-Southern Miss game Saturday
Tulane freshman Shakiel Smith has schooled his teammates on hip lingo all season, and he introduced a new term this week in advance of the Green Wave's trip to Hattiesburg to play Southern Mississippi -- frenemies, which means a friend who is simultaneously an opponent.

Tulane nose tackle Oscar Ponce de Leon is out for the rest of the season
Tulane defensive lineman Oscar Ponce de Leon will miss the rest of the season with a broken ankle he suffered in practice on Tuesday.

October 21, 2009

VIDEO: Tulane center Andrew Nierman talks about the Green Wave's game with Southern Miss
Times-Picayune Tulane beat reporter Tammy Nunez and Tulane center Andrew Nierman discuss last week's game against Houston, Ryan Griffin's promotion to starting quarterback, and the upcoming game against Southern Mississippi.

USM renews Tulane rivalry
Biloxi Sun Herald
What used to be a rivalry between Southern Miss and Tulane in the ``Battle for the Bell'' will be renewed Saturday at M.M. Roberts Stadium. In the past, the schools located 112 miles from one another, played 28 times from 1979 to 2006 with the Golden Eagles winning 21.

October 20, 2009

Tulane football: Oscar Ponce de Leon exits practice early with apparent injury
Times Picayune/NOLA.com
It's not that Tulane is looking for moral victories these days, but the Green Wave certainly should take one from their loss to Houston. Bob Toledo's squad hung with the nationally-ranked Cougars for a half, trailing just 9-6 at halftime before Houston's high-powered offense woke up and put 35 points on the board in the second half on the way to a 44-16 victory.

Tulane Football Notes
USA Today
It's not that Tulane is looking for moral victories these days, but the Green Wave certainly should take one from their loss to Houston. Bob Toledo's squad hung with the nationally-ranked Cougars for a half, trailing just 9-6 at halftime before Houston's high-powered offense woke up and put 35 points on the board in the second half on the way to a 44-16 victory.

October 19, 2009

Errol Laborde: Yes, Tulane Football Is Important, and Here's Why

I have been to two Tulane football games this year. I paid my way into both games. I am not an alumnus of the university. So, as a ticket-buying, graduate-neutral fan, I guess I have some right to respond to Tulane Head Coach Bob Toledo's frustration about poor attendance at the games.

October 18, 2009

Second-half surge lifts Houston past Tulane
The Advocate
No. 23 Houston's prolific offense didn't get rolling until the second half, but it put together a five-touchdown second-half blitz to pull away from Tulane for a 44-16 Conference USA victory Saturday afternoon in the Superdome.

October 17, 2009

Tulane Green Wave falter in second half, can't keep up with Houston Cougars
Tulane skipped into halftime against No. 23 Houston with upset on its mind and its first Conference USA West Division victory within its reach.

Houston defeats Tulane 44-16 in a Conference USA game at the Superdome
In game blog from beat writer Tammy Nunez.

Houston Pulls Away in Second Half to Beat Tulane
NewOrleans.com/Sports Network
Case Keenum completed 30-of-43 passes for 334 yards and two touchdowns, as the 23rd-ranked Houston Cougars used a 20- point third quarter to beat the Tulane Green Wave, 44-16, in a Conference USA battle at the Superdome.

October 16, 2009

Tulane running back Andre Anderson talks about facing Houston this week
Tulane running back Andre Anderson talks to Times-Picayune correspondent Larry Holder about Saturday's game against Houston.

Marshall, Tulane 'Dig Pink'
Huntington Herald-Dispatch
Marshall and Tulane play a "Dig Pink" volleyball match at 7 p.m. Friday in Cam Henderson Center. "Dig Pink" is an initiative to raise funds and promote awareness of breast cancer. Pink T-shirts will be sold for $10. Marshall players will wear pink game jerseys that will be auctioned off.

October 15, 2009

Houston's Case Keenum to provide stern test for Tulane
For quarterback prospects wanting to produce gaudy passing statistics combined with a chance at the NFL, Houston and its run-and-shoot offense is the place to be. Tulane Coach Bob Toledo and defensive coordinator Steve Stanard have had their hands full coming up with a game plan to slow down Keenum and the 23rd-ranked Cougars (4-1) when the schools face off Saturday at the Superdome.

VIDEO: Tulane football battled with the rain all week in preparation for Houston
Rain has been every bit as aggrevating to the Tulane football team as BYU, Tulsa, or Marshall. Here, you'll notice how difficult it was for the Green Wave to see during practice this week because of the weather. There's no sound on the tape.

What other are saying about Tulane-Houston game this Saturday
Houston Chronicle blogger Steve Campbell talks here about Tulane and Houston going into Saturday's game. Houston for all the notches in its belt so far this season, has not won a Conference USA game. Neither has Tulane.

October 14, 2009

Houston and Tulane battle in the Big Easy
The Sports Network
After sweeping through their non-league slate and returning to the Top 25, the 23rd-ranked Houston Cougars now turn their focus back to Conference USA play, as they take on the Tulane Green Wave at the Superdome this weekend.

Tulane Green Wave seeks to put pressure on Houston Cougars quarterback Case Keenum
With six sacks in five games, the Tulane Green Wave defense knows its pass rush isn't cutting it, especially for what lies ahead. A lack of pressure has hurt the Green Wave's defense throughout the first five games. It couldn't have been more evident than against Marshall in a 31-10 setback Saturday at the Superdome, as Thundering Herd quarterback Brian Anderson completed 82 percent of his passes in tripping up Tulane.

#23 Houston (4-1) at Tulane (2-3)
Associated Press/Rivals.com
A surprising upset made Houston's return to the Top 25 a brief one, and got its Conference USA schedule off to a poor start. Getting their first league win could help the 23rd-ranked Cougars remain in the rankings a bit longer this time. Houston will try to use its high-powered offense to continue its success against Tulane on Saturday in New Orleans.

October 13, 2009

Tulane football coach Bob Toledo still deems Joe Kemp as the starting QB
Tulane football coach Bob Toledo made it clear that Joe Kemp is still Tulane's No. 1 quarterback and will start against Houston on Saturday. Tulane Season OpenerRusty Costanza/The Times-PicayuneTulane quarterback Joe Kemp will get the start Saturday against Houston."There's no need to panic and make a change at this point," Toledo said.

Tulane prepares for Houston
The Tulane football team went back to work on Monday focused on correcting its mistakes in last week's loss to Marshall. The Green Wave also began the installation of the game plan No. 23 Houston during a two-hour practice at the Westfeldt Practice Facility.

October 12, 2009

Tulane running back Payten Jason likely out for season
Tulane can't seem to play a homecoming game without a crucial injury. Tulane's Payten Jason is brought down by the shoulder pads by Marshall's Kevin Perry -- and illegal tackle -- on Saturday in the Superdome. Jason was injured on the play.Last season, Jeremy Williams was lost for the season when his hand was broken and cartilage was torn against Army. This season, freshman running back Payten Jason's patella tendon likely was torn on a late fourth-quarter illegal hit against Marshall, Coach Bob Toledo said.

Tulane - Team Notes
USA Today
It's that time of the season -- with the Green Wave sitting at 2-3 -- that some are calling for a new quarterback. Coach Bob Toledo precipitated the talk with his use of backup Ryan Griffin in the late stages of Tulane's loss to Marshall.

October 10, 2009

Woes resurface as Tulane falls to Marshall in 31-10 homecoming loss
The ghosts of yesteryear made a pre-Halloween visit to Tulane in its homecoming game against Marshall on Saturday. Tulane outrushed the Thundering Herd 189-116. Turnovers and injuries again haunted the Green Wave on homecoming. Like last season, Tulane cruised into homecoming with consecutive victories and high hopes.

Photos: Marshall beats Tulane in homecoming game
Photo gallery of Tulane's homecoming game against Marshall

Tulane and Marshall feature plenty of offensive firepower
Rusty Costanza/The Times-PicayuneTulane running back Andre Anderson is the strength of the Green Wave offense.There will be plenty of star power in the Dome. One of the nation's top receivers will be on the field. The NCAA's top tight end will be lining up, as will the country's leading rusher and all-purpose yardage man.

October 9, 2009

Anderson, Williams leading Green Wave in right direction
No rest for the weary. For the Tulane defense, it's a matter of going from the wishbone to Darius Marshall. One week the Green Wave is at West Point holding Army 100 yards below its average, the next week it's spending homecoming with college football's No. 1 rusher, who happens to be named Marshall and has accounted for a national-best 235.6 all-purpose yards per game for the Thundering Herd of Marshall.

Tulane quarterback Joe Kemp just trying to improve as his first season as a starter goes along
Joe Kemp tried to insulate himself from what others outside the locker room were saying. It was only a hairline puncture to his protective bubble, but the Tulane sophomore quarterback couldn't help hearing the rumbles.

Tulane to honor new Hall class
The Tulane athletic department will honor five people in today's Hall of Fame ceremony at noon at the Lavin-Bernick Center. Baseball player Michael Aubrey, track standout Solomon Kandie, and football player Seth Marler will be inducted alongside two-sport female athlete Mashandra Hall. The late George Sweeney, the Tulane beat writer for The Times-Picayune and The States-Item for almost half a century, is the recipient of the Billy Slatten Award.

October 8, 2009

Tulane determined to do it right this year
Passions are mounting among Tulane fans as the Green Wave prepares for homecoming foe Marshall this week. Tulane carries consecutive victories into the Conference USA matchup, but many fans are tempering that excitement. After all, Tulane had a two-game streak going into homecoming last season. But before the olive green and sky blue faithful could utter "bowl game," the team face-planted into an eight-game slide to finish the season.

October 7, 2009

Tulane in Same Spot as Last Year
One year ago, Bob Toledo's Tulane Green Wave were impressive in September, losing competitive games to nationally-ranked Alabama (20-6) and East Carolina (28-24) before defeating ULM (24-10) and SMU (34-27) to go 2-2. Then came homecoming. Outdoors. At venerable Tad Gormley Stadium. Against Army.

Tulane's Ground Game Could Prove Formidable for Herd
Darius Marshall and the Herd take one of the nation's top rushing attacks to the Big Easy this weekend, to take on Tulane. The Green Wave's star tailback has been no slouch himself as of late. Andre Anderson looking like former Green Wave ground punisher, Matt Forte, over the last two games.

MU's Shakoor knows Tulane RB well
Huntington Register Herald
Even with teams like West Virginia and Virginia Tech on future schedules, Ahmed Shakoor had Tulane squarely in his sights. Shakoor's excitement has nothing to with New Orleans' French Quarter. By "we," he means himself, former Marshall recruit Cory McCutchen and Andre Anderson, Tulane's senior running back.

October 6, 2009

Tulane savoring its redemption at Army
Times Picayune/NOLA.com
The Tulane football team's flight back from West Point was a tad more jovial this time. It had been almost two years since the Green Wave had enjoyed a ride home from a road game. Tulane took a late one-point lead against Army on Saturday in West Point and watched the Black Knights' kicker Alex Carlton miss a 37-yard field-goal attempt in the final moments. The Green Wave won 17-16, finally succeeding as a visitor.

VIDEO: Tulane football coach Bob Toledo discusses the feeling of the team coming off a win against Army
Times Picayune/NOLA.com
Tulane football coach Bob Toledo talks to Green Wave Sports Information Director Roger Dunaway about Monday's practice coming off a big win against Army on Saturday.

October 5, 2009

Times Picayune/NOLA.com
Tulane kicker Ross Thevenot spent parts of the past two years thinking about the field goal gone wrong. It fluttered in his mind during practice, in class and hanging out with friends. Flash back to Michie Stadium almost two years to the day. Tulane trailed Army 20-17 in overtime after blowing a lead late in regulation. Thevenot could've tied the score with a 34-yard field goal.

October 4, 2009

VIDEO: Tulane's David Fox at the Tulane Quarterback's Club
David Fox, Tulane's Director of Football Operations, speaking at the Greater New Orleans Quarterback Club prior to the Green Wave's homecoming game versus Marshall.

October 2, 2009

Tulane out to settle score
Times Picayune/NOLA.com
Tulane running back Andre Anderson limped out of last year's Army game with ice bags draped over his body. Wide receiver Jeremy Williams came away with a broken hand and cartilage damage to his knee that was discovered months later. The Black Knights are a foe not easily forgotten.

Fleur de Lis Cup at Stake as UNO Renews Rivalry in Pool with Tulane
The 2009-10 season will officially open on Saturday at 12 p.m. for the University of New Orleans women's swimming and diving squad as they compete against crosstown rival Tulane at the Reilly Center in the first annual "Fleur de Lis Cup" dual meet.

October 1, 2009

Tulane receiver basks in the limelight
Tulane quarterback Joe Kemp was unhappy with his first two starts-both losses. The win finally came last Saturday, a 42-32 victory against McNeese State that served as a coming-out party for the previously feeble offense. The Green Wave ended a 10-game losing streak that extended back to last season.

Head-to-head: Army vs. Tulane
Next up for Army is Tulane on Saturday at Michie Stadium (noon EST). The Black Knights will be trying to get their record back above .500. ArmySports.com compares different critical team areas of Army and Tulane and indicates which team has the edge.

Tulane coach Dickerson to address club
Times Picayune/NOLA.com
Tulane men's basketball coach Dave Dickerson will be the featured speaker at the Oct. 27 meeting of the St. Bernard Green Wave Club.