July 19, 2004
Exposure to the local, regional and national media -- whether print, radio or television -- is another facet of a student-athlete's life at Tulane. Members of the football team attend weekly press conferences where they conduct interviews with the assembled media. Weekly coaches' radio and television shows often feature Green Wave players, and every one of Tulane's football home games will be televised on a tape-delay basis across Louisiana this fall. In addition, several national broadcasts are scheduled through Conference USA's affiliation with ESPN and its family of networks, including the season opener versus Mississippi State, which will be seen live on ESPN2.
Tulane has appeared on national television 26 times since joining Conference USA in 1996. A year ago, seven Green Wave games were broadcast to audiences across the Southeast and the country, including national telecasts versus TCU (ESPN), Texas (TBS) and Louisville (ESPN). Green Wave student-athletes receive coverage throughout the Southeast as newspapers from New Orleans to Baton Rouge, from Biloxi to Jackson and beyond regularly call to talk to Tulane student-athletes. In recent years, national publications have taken notice as well as Tulane players have been featured in ESPN The Magazine, Sports Illustrated and USA Today.
The internet has become a huge vehicle for exposure and Tulane has made use of the world wide web with the creation of websites for its most recent all-star candidates, quarterback J.P. Losman and running back Mewelde Moore. At www.JP-Losman.com and www.MeweldeMoore.net, fans and media alike found statistics, biographical information and links to the latest news articles on these two Tulane awards candidates. More information is updated daily through Tulane's official athletics website at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.
Tulane's weekly press conference, held in the James Wilson Center each Tuesday, provides student-athletes with a comfortable atmosphere in which to learn to deal with the media. A media training session is held with all student-athletes prior to each season and more in-depth training, including mock interviews, is available.