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Year-By-Year Summaries (1900s)

TULANEGREENWAVE.COM One disputed loss was the only thing stopping the 1901 Olive and Blue, as they were known at the time, from posting a second straight perfect season.
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One disputed loss was the only thing stopping the 1901 Olive and Blue, as they were known at the time, from posting a second straight perfect season.
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1900 (5-0)
Head Coach: H.T. Summersgill

What a turnaround! Tulane went from winless and scoreless in 1899 to unbeaten and unscored upon in 1900.

H.T. Summersgill was Tulane's seventh coach in seven seasons and he led his team to a 5-0 record. The Southern Athletic Club, Alabama, Millsaps, LSU and Ole Miss all failed to cross the Tulane goal line as they lost by a combined 105-0.

Date  Opponent                Location          Score  Result
O27   Southern Athletic Club  New Orleans, La.  23-0     W
N3    at Alabama              Tuscaloosa, Ala.  6-0      W
N10   Millsaps                New Orleans, La.  35-0     W
N17   LSU                     New Orleans, La.  29-0     W
N29   Ole Miss                New Orleans, La.  12-0     W

1901 (5-1)
Head Coach: H.T. Summersgill

H.T. Summersgill became the first man to coach Tulane football for consecutive seasons and his success continued.

A disputed 2-0 loss to the Mobile YMCA was the only blemish on a 5-1 season. The Tulane coach argued heatedly that there were still several minutes left in the game but was overruled and suffered his only loss in two seasons.

However, you can still get an argument about that in Baton Rouge to this day. Although Tulane beat LSU on the field by a score of 22-0, the Tigers protested the game to the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association, alleging Tulane had used a professional player during the contest. Months later, the SIAA ruled the game an 11-0 forfeit in favor of LSU. The Tiger record book still claims that 11-0 "victory," while the Tulane ledger shows the contest as a 22-0 win.

In two seasons, Summersgill produced a 10-1 record on the field and outscored the opposition 214-19. Hugh Krumbhaar captained both squads.

Date  Opponent                Location          Score  Result
O16   at Meridian             Meridian, Miss.   15-0     W
O26   at Mobile YMCA          Mobile, Ala.      0-2      L
N2    YMCA                    New Orleans, La.  23-0     W
N9    Mississippi State       New Orleans, La.  24-6     W
N16   LSU                     New Orleans, La.  22-0     W
N28   Ole Miss                New Orleans, La.  25-11    W

1902 (1-4-2)
Head Coach: Virginius Dabney

Coach Summersgill left and Tulane's gridiron fortunes took a dive. Virginius Dabney took over the helm and things looked good at first as he coached a 26-0 win over an alumni team. Two ties and four losses followed, however, and the final record fell to 1-4-2. After the disputed forfeit in 1901, LSU disappeared from the schedule for a while.

Date  Opponent                Location                 Score  Result
O18   Alumni                  New Orleans, La.         26-0     W
O25   Auburn                  New Orleans, La.         0-0      T
N1    Mississippi State       New Orleans, La.         11-11    T
N8    at Texas A&M            College Station, Texas   5-17     L
N15   Vanderbilt              New Orleans, La.         5-23     L
N22   Texas                   New Orleans, La.         0-6      L
N27   Ole Miss                New Orleans, La.         0-10     L

1903 (2-2-1)
Head Coach: Charles Eshleman

Charles Eshleman, captain of the 1898 and 1899 teams, took over the head coaching job and improved the situation as he guided the squad to a 2-2-1 finish. It was a feast-or-famine type of season as the two wins were by a cumulative score of 64-5, while the team failed to score in the other three outings.

Date  Opponent                Location          Score  Result
O31   Meridian AA             New Orleans, La.  46-0     W
N7    Shreveport AA           New Orleans, La.  0-23     L
N18   Cumberland              New Orleans, La.  0-28     L
N26   Richmond                New Orleans, La.  18-5     W
D5    Mississippi State       New Orleans, La.  0-0      T

1904 (5-2)
Head Coach: Thomas Berry

Thomas Berry took over the coaching reins from Charles Eshleman and led Tulane to a 5-2 record. The team shut out the opponent in all five victories, and failed to score in its two losses.

LSU returned to the schedule for the first time since the 1901 controversy and Tulane beat the Tigers again...and again LSU complained about player eligibility.

Ralph Wood captained the Green Wave for the second season in a row.

Date  Opponent                Location          Score  Result
O23   Louisiana Tech          New Orleans, La.  11-0     W
O29   Mississippi State       New Orleans, La.  10-0     W
N5    at Marion Military      Marion, Ala.      10-0     W
N12   Sewanee                 New Orleans, La.  0-18     L
N19   LSU                     New Orleans, La.  5-0      W
N24   Ole Miss                New Orleans, La.  22-0     W
D3    Alabama                 New Orleans, La.  0-6      L

1905 (0-1)
Head Coach: John Tobin

John Tobin replaced Thomas Berry as head coach and the season consisted of only one game. Tulane lost that contest to LSU, 5-0, and controversy marred the series once again. This time, Tulane complained about LSU's use of ineligible players. Things got heated and the series did not resume until 1911.

Date  Opponent                Location          Score  Result
N25   LSU                     New Orleans, La.  0-5      L

1906 (0-4-1)
Head Coach: John Russ

For the sixth season in a row, Tulane had a new head coach as John Russ replaced John Tobin. The 1906 squad showed the effects of the lack of continuity and struggled to an 0-4-1 record without scoring a point. A scoreless tie with Howard in the season opener was the campaign's best outing.

Date  Opponent                Location          Score  Result
O27   Samford                 New Orleans, La.  0-0      T
N3    Ole Miss                New Orleans, La.  0-17     L
N10   Sewanee                 New Orleans, La.  0-35     L
N17   Texas A&M               New Orleans, La.  0-18     L
N24   Arkansas                New Orleans, La.  0-22     L

1907 (3-2)
Head Coach: Joe Curtis

Joe Curtis was Tulane's seventh coach in seven years and things started looking up as the record improved to 3-2. In defeating Howard 13-0 in the season opener, Tulane registered its first victory - and first points - since the 1904 season. The squad won its first three and lost its last two, playing three games in one week in November.

Date  Opponent                Location          Score  Result
O26   Samford                 New Orleans, La.  13-0     W
N2    Drury                   New Orleans, La.  12-0     W
N5    Centre                  New Orleans, La.  28-9     W
N9    Arkansas                New Orleans, La.  12-17    L
N16   Texas A&M               New Orleans, La.  6-18     L

1908 (7-1)
Head Coach: Joe Curtis

Joe Curtis returned for his second year as coach and things were definitely looking up for Tulane football as a 7-1 season ensued. It was a new record for victories in a season and five were by shutout.

The Wave's biggest wins were a 23-0 verdict over Mississippi State and a 28-15 road decision over Texas four days later. With Temple Brown serving as captain, Tulane outscored the opposition by a cumulative 103-23.

Date  Opponent                Location          Score  Result
O10   YMGC                    New Orleans, La.  11-0     W
O24   Centre                  New Orleans, La.  10-0     W
O31   Ole Miss                New Orleans, La.  10-0     W
N7    Baylor                  New Orleans, la.  10-2     W
N14   Mississippi State       New Orleans, La.  23-0     W
N18   at Texas                Austin, Texas     28-15    W
N21   at Baylor               Waco, Texas       0-6      L
N26   Washington (Mo.)        New Orleans, La.  11-0     W

1909 (4-3-2)
Head Coach: Buster Brown

Buster Brown replaced Joe Curtis as coach and the team faced a record nine opponents, finishing 4-3-2. Only three of the nine games were decided by more than 10 points. Tulane shut out the opposition four times and was held scoreless in three games. The only games in which both teams scored were ties with Alabama and Texas.

Date  Opponent                Location          Score  Result
O9    YMGC                    New Orleans, La.  12-0     W
O16   Ole Miss                New Orleans, La.  5-0      W
O23   Centre                  New Orleans, La.  0-6      L
O30   Mississippi State       New Orleans, La.  2-0      W
N6    Cincinnati              New Orleans, La.  6-0      W
N13   Texas                   New Orleans, La.  10-10    T
N20   Alabama                 New Orleans, La.  5-5      T
N25   Texas State             New Orleans, La.  0-18     L
J1    at Cuba Athletic Club   Havana, Cuba      0-11     L