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Tulane Athletics Fall 2005 Evacuation & Relocation Timeline

Tuesday, August 23
6:30 p.m.Tropical Depression Twelve forms over the southeastern Bahamas

Thursday, August 25
6:30 p.m.Hurricane Katrina makes first landfall as Category 1 storm in Florida

Friday, August 26
5 a.m.Katrina re-upgraded to Category 1 just off Florida
2005-06 Tulane Athletics Seasons Start
7 p.m.Volleyball def. Nicholls State, 3-0
7 p.m.Women's Soccer loses to Alabama, 4-1

Saturday, August 27
5 a.m.Katrina upgraded to Category 3
9 a.m.Football Team Assists Students at "Move-In Day"
11 a.m.University Announces it will close at 5 p.m., reopen Sept. 1
1 p.m.Final New Orleans Practice for Football (Superdome)
2 p.m.Tulane Athletics Events for Sunday through Monday Cancelled
4 p.m.Athletics Finalizes Evacuation Plan for Soccer, Football
All Other Student-Athletes Enact Personal Evacuation Plans

Sunday, August 28
12:40 a.m.Katrina upgraded to Category 4
7 a.m.Katrina upgraded to Category 5
7 a.m.Tulane Football Practice at Superdome Cancelled
9:30 a.m.Govenor and Mayor Announce Mandatory Evacuation of New Orleans
10:30 a.m.Soccer and Football Teams Depart on buses from Wilson Center
8:30 p.m.Buses Arrive at Ellis Gymnasium at Jackson State (Miss.) University
10 p.m.Football Team works out at Millsaps College

Monday, August 29
7 a.m.Hurricane Katrina makes landfall on Gulf Coast
11 a.m.First Katrina gusts felt in Jackson, Miss.
3 p.m.Power goes out in T.B. Ellis Gymnasium
3 p.m.Football team works out in gym as storm blows through outside

Tuesday, August 30
1:30 a.m.CNN reports two city-block wide breach in levee
2 a.m.Fire Alarm Goes Off in Gymnasium, Teams Wait Outside in Rain for All Clear
Tulane Athletics Establishes Phone Number for Staff Check-In
8 p.m.Tulane Football Team Leaves for Dallas, Texas
8 p.m.Tulane Soccer Team Heads to Birmingham, Alabama
10 p.m.80 percent of New Orleans is underwater

Wednesday, August 31
First Day in "Camp Birmingham" and "Camp Dallas"
12 a.m.Football team stops at rest stop - sees first television footage of New Orleans
12 a.m.Soccer Team Arrives in Birmingham
4 a.m.Football Team Arrives in Dallas
7 a.m.Tulane Head Coach Chris Scelfo appears live on ESPN2's "Cold Pizza"
2:30 p.m.Soccer Team Practices in Birmingham
2:45 p.m.Scelfo and AD Rick Dickson Hold Press Conference at Doubletree Hotel
4 p.m.Football Team Holds First Practice at Dallas Jesuit High School
10 p.m.Final Remnants of Katrina Fade in Canada

Friday, September 2
Tulane University Cancels Semester in New Orleans
President Cowen Announces that Athletics Teams Will Compete in Fall 2005
7 p.m.Soccer Plays Louisville in first post-Hurricane Katrina competition

Saturday, September 3
8 a.m.Tulane Athletics Relocation Project (TARP) Underway
Administrators Begin Making Contact with Schools to Host Tulane Teams
Football Team Attends SMU-Baylor Game in Dallas

Sunday, September 4
2 p.m.Green Wave Soccer Falls to Kennesaw State in Birmingham

Monday, September 5
Tulane Athletics Relocation Project (TARP)
Four Sites Completed (Lubbock, College Station, Dallas, Ruston)
Head Coaches Directed to Get Staffs, Teams to Host Schools ASAP
Five Priorities Outlined (School, Housing, Food, Books, Counseling)

Tuesday, September 6
"Tulane Athletics Relocation Project" Announcement
First Student-Athletes (outside of FB, Soccer) Arrive as Men's and Women's Golf Come to Dallas (SMU)
Staffing Assignments Made for Each Site

Wednesday, September 7
Tulane Athletics Relocation Project Mobilization
Adjustments to plan made with tennis teams moving to College Station and women's track and field added to Ruston
Student-Athletes and Staff Begin to Report to Sites, Get Enrolled, Housed, Fed

Thursday, September 8
Tulane Athletic Relocation Project Mobilization
Press Conferences Held in Lubbock, College Station as Teams Arrive
Shreveport Announced as Site of First Tulane "Home" Football Game

Friday, September 9
TARP Student-Athlete Mobilization Final Stages
Dallas, Lubbock, College Station Student-Athletes 96% Reported

Monday, September 12
Football Team Leaves Dallas, Arrives Ruston and Moves Into Dorm
Volleyball, Men's and Women's Golf Cleared to Practice & Compete
Lists of Equipment Needs Compiled for Each Sport

Tuesday, September 13
Football Student-Athletes Attend Class at Louisiana Tech
Football Begins Game Week Practice
First Weekly Football Press Conference Held at Louisiana Tech
Volleyball, Women's Soccer Return to Practice

Wednesday, September 14
Patches to Commemorate Seasons Announced

Friday, September 16
Volleyball Plays First Match Since Hurricane in College Station, Falls to No. 8 Notre Dame at NOKIA Sugar Bowl Tournament

Saturday, September 17
Football Falls to Mississippi State, 21-14, in First Game of 2005

Sunday, September 18
Baton Rouge Announced as Site of Tulane-SE Louisiana Game Oct. 1

Tuesday, September 20
Remaining Tulane Teams (Men's and Women's Basketball, Women's Swimming, Men's and Women's Tennis, Baseball, Women's Track & Field) Cleared to Begin Practice

Wedesday, September 21
Lafayette Announced as Site of Tulane-Houston Game Oct. 8
First Tulane Soccer Match Since Relocation Cancelled Due to Hurricane Rita
Weekend Volleyball Matches Cancelled Due to Hurricane Rita
Tulane-College Station Makes Hurricane Plans as Rita Approaches

Friday, September 23
Tulane Football Team Returns to Dallas Before SMU Game
Tulane-College Station Crew Spends Night in Kyle Field Locker Room As Hurricane Rita Makes Landfall
Women's Golf Opens 2005-06 Season in Franklin, Tenn.

Saturday, September 24
Tulane Defeats SMU, 31-10, in Dallas for First Victory of 2005

Wednesday, September 28
Ruston Announced as Site of Tulane-UTEP Game Oct. 14

Friday, September 30
Tulane Women's Soccer Team Plays First Game Since Sept. 4 with C-USA Contest at Memphis
Green Wave Football Team Returns to New Orleans, Spends Night on Air Mattresses at English Turn Country Club

Saturday, October 1
Football Defeats Southeastern Louisiana in Baton Rouge
Following Game, Some Players Return to New Orleans for Personal Vehicles

Monday, October 3
Men's Golf Opens 2005-06 Season at Memphis Tournament

Wednesday, October 5
Mobile, Ala., Announced as Site of Tulane-Marshall Game Oct. 29

Thursday, October 6
Hurricane Katrina Information Web Page Launched

Friday, October 7
Soccer Plays First Match in College Station, Falls to UCF

Wednesday, October 19
Hurricane Strikes Again - Wilma Forces Change for Football Game at UCF