Phone: 504-865-5506 * Fax: 504-865-5512
The staff of the Tulane Athletics Media Relations Office stands ready to assist in your coverage of all Green Wave Athletic teams in 2003-2004. For information regarding credentials, Tulane teams and players, arranging interviews, broadcast coverage, obtaining statistics, photos or video highlights, travel plans and press opportunities, please call the Athletics Media Relations Office at (504) 865-5506. The Media Relations offices are located on the third floor of the James W. Wilson Center on Ben Weiner Drive. Metered parking is available in front of the building on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please take a moment to read the media information found here. Interviews with all Tulane coaches, student-athletes and administrators should be arranged through the Media Relations Office as far in advance as possible. In general, practices are open to the local media, however, opportunities to photograph or take video of practice may be limited. Always call Donna Turner or John Sudsbury in the Media Relations Office to check on football practice times and schedules, as they often change on short notice.
Media Opportunities & Services
Weekly Press Opportunity
Tulane Head Coach Chris Scelfo and selected Wave players will meet with the media each Tuesday preceding a game in the Hall of Fame Room of the Wilson Center at 10:30 a.m. Requests for specific players should be made to the Media Relations Office on Sunday afternoon prior to the press opportunity.
All interview requests for Coach Scelfo, any Tulane assistant coaches and players MUST be coordinated through the Media Relations Office.
Players are available for interviews, either in person or on the phone, either before or after practice Monday through Wednesday, depending on their class and meeting schedules. In order to have time to arrange for player interviews, please provide 24 hours notice to the Media Relations Office. Player interviews may be conducted in the atrium of the Wilson Center, on the practice fields or in the Media Relations Office. The Tulane training room, football locker room, weight room and meeting room areas are off-limits to the media. Your cooperation is appreciated.
For telephone interviews, the student-athlete will be provided with the number and will make the call at a mutually-agreed upon time. Phone numbers of student-athletes will NOT be made available to the media.
For interviews with Head Coach Chris Scelfo and/or Tulane assistant coaches, please contact John Sudsbury in the Media Relations Office. The best time for Scelfo to conduct interviews is usually between 1-2 p.m. weekdays.
In general, Tulane practices, usually held at the Westfeldt Practice and Competition Facility behind the James W. Wilson Center, are open to the local media. However, practice may be closed or moved without notice. Please contact the Tulane Athletics Media Relations Office if you plan on attending practice so that we may alert the coaching staff and confirm the day's practice schedule.
Still photographs and video may be shot during the first 20-30 minutes of practice by approved agencies. After that time, photographers will be asked not to shoot. Media are asked to remain on the opposite side of the track or in the stands during practice, and are asked not to speak to players or coaches during the workout.
Updated statistics, game recaps, weekly and daily releases, player and coaches' bios, historical, broadcast and ticket information, can be found on the Tulane Official Athletics Website at www.TulaneGreenWave.com. Media are encouraged to check the website regularly for the latest Green Wave athletics news.
Requests for video footage of Green Wave football should be made to Donna Turner in the Athletics Media Relations Office. She will work with TU Video Coordinator Will Davis to fill specific requests. Please allow a minimum of three days lead time for video requests. Agencies will be asked to either supply a new Beta tape or to return the highlights to Tulane.
Members of the media can obtain the latest news, weekly releases, updated depth charts, rosters and season and single game statistics from Tulane in several ways. All this information and more is regularly updated and posted in a PDF format on the official athletics website, www.tulanegreen-wave.com. In addition, information can be sent via e-mail or fax on a daily or weekly basis. Simply contact Donna Turner at 504-865-5506 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to request to be added to the football e-mail or fax distribution list.
CONFERENCE USA MEDIA SERVICES
C-USA Weekly Teleconference
All 11 Conference USA head coaches, including Tulane Coach Chris Scelfo, will speak to the media on a weekly teleconference each Monday during the 2003 season. The call will be held from 12:30-2:00 p.m. Central Time beginning Monday, August 25. Contact the Tulane Athletic Media Relations Office or the Conference USA Media Relations Office to obtain the access phone number. Below is a tentative schedule for the call:
12:30: Players of the Week/Notes
12:35: Jim Leavitt, South Florida
12:42: John Thompson, East Carolina
12:49: Todd Berry, Army
12:56: Rick Minter, Cincinnati
1:03: Bobby Petrino, Louisville
1:10: Chris Scelfo, Tulane
1:17: Art Briles, Houston
1:24: Jeff Bower, Southern Miss
1:31: Tommy West, Memphis
1:38: Watson Brown, UAB
1:45: Gary Patterson, TCU
1:52: Media Notes
C-USA Satellite Feed
Highlight clips from each Conference USA team are available via satellite each week during the football season. Each team provides 3-5 minutes of highlights and/or interviews. Contact the league office or Tulane in August to obtain a schedule and coordinates.
GAME DAY COVERAGE
All requests for media, radio, television, photography, scouting and parking credentials for the 2003 Tulane Football season, or for any any individual game, should be made IN WRITING, on company letterhead or via e-mail (company name in address), to Donna Turner. Requests should be made at least one week prior to the game. In general, individual game credentials will not be mailed but can be picked up in the Media Relations Office the week of the game. A limited number of parking passes for the Northwest parking garage at the Superdome are available to visiting media. However, some requests for parking passes may not be filled. Requests for parking passes should be made well in advance of the game.
Any media credentials not picked up during the week at the Wilson Center will be available at Press Will Call in the Superdome beginning two and a half hours prior to the game. To access press will call, enter at the Press Entrance in the Northwest parking garage.
Press Box Services
The press box, located on the third level of the Superdome, opens three hours prior to game time. The working press box and communications booths are located to the right of elevator 8. The auxiliary press box, house controls and Hall of Fame Lounge are to the left of the elevator.
Meals will be served in the Hall of Fame Lounge beginning two hours before game time until kickoff. A meal ticket will be attached to press and photographer credentials. The meal ticket must be detached and deposited in order to eat in the Hall of Fame Lounge. Sodas will be available throughout the game and snacks are served at halftime.
Game notes, programs, a flip card and statistics will be provided to all media prior to the game. Play-by-play and quick statistics (at the end of each quarter), final team and individual statistics, defensive statistics, drive charts and coaches' quotes also will be provided. Complete sets of all information will be available approximately 20 minutes after the game.
Three "0-plus" telephone lines are available on a first-come, first-served basis in the working area of the Superdome press box, as are several pay phones. Any additional requests for telephone lines must go through BellSouth at (504) 528-7940. Phone instruments are not provided. On game day, BellSouth and Superdome communications representatives will be on hand to handle last-minute problems.
Tulane will provide a FAX machine for complimentary use on a first-come, first-served basis. Tulane will fax stats and other post-game information as requested.
Visiting Radio/Television Broadcasts
Booth space in the Superdome press box will be allocated by the Tulane Media Relations Office. Visiting SIDs will designate their official radio stations in writing and Tulane will supply phone lines on a reciprocal basis in that booth. Entities which wish to broadcast Tulane home contests from the Superdome should send their request, in writing, to Donna Turner.
Tulane follows guidelines set forth by the NCAA Public Relations Committee, the NCAA Football Rules Committee, the American Football Coaches Association and the National Press Photographers Association. Photographers are not permitted between the 25-yard lines and must have credentials visible at all times. Photographers are required to go behind the team benches to pass from one end of the field to the other.
Uniformed security personnel will be patrolling the sidelines and anyone holding a media pass who is not actively involved in coverage of the game will be escorted from the sideline. Children under 12 will not be issued media or sideline credentials. Similar procedures will be in effect in the press box.
The Tulane locker room is located adjacent to the tunnel at Gate A (North end zone). The visiting locker room is located below the East stands near the North end zone. Wave coach Chris Scelfo and requested players will be available in the locker room across the tunnel from Tulane's approximately 10 minutes following the game. Tulane's locker room is closed following games.
The SID of the visiting school will establish admittance policies to the visiting locker room.
All space for the working press, radio and television for Tulane Football games is allocated by the Tulane Media Relations Office, which reserves the right to deny credentials to any outlet. Freelance and/or non-daily writers may be asked to produce copies of actual publications in which their work has appeared. Seating in the press box at the Superdome is for working media and scouts ONLY.
Press credentials will be issued to working press only. Press credentials are not transferable and use by anyone other than members of the working press is unauthorized. Press credentials used in an unauthorized manner will be revoked immediately. News organizations allowing unauthorized individuals to use credentials will have their credentials revoked for the remainder of the year.
All press credentials remain the property of the Tulane Athletic Department and must be returned upon request.