Feb. 12, 2009
New Orleans - Tulane University Director of Athletics Rick Dickson announced today the agreement of a four-game football series with the Ole Miss Rebels, beginning with the first game at the Louisiana Superdome on Sept. 11, 2010.
Tulane will host Ole Miss in 2010, and travel to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford on Sept. 22, 2012. The series will continue in 2016 with the Rebels returning to New Orleans, and the Green Wave will make the short trip to Ole Miss in 2017.
"We're pleased to restart this four game home-and-home series," Dickson said. "This adds back another of our historic rivalries to our schedule along with Alabama, Georgia Tech and others."
One of oldest rivalries for both schools, the Green Wave and Rebels will play each other for the first time in nine years for the 70th edition in 2010. Tulane and Ole Miss first met in 1893, which marked the first year of hosting a varsity football program for both schools. The Rebels won the inaugural meeting, 12-4, and hold a 41-28 advantage in the all-time series. The last meeting between the two teams took place at Oxford during the 2000 season opener for the Green Wave.
"Ole Miss is an outstanding team from the Southeastern Conference that we have added to our future schedules," Tulane head coach Bob Toledo said. "They are one of our oldest rivals and we look forward to playing them in the coming years. I believe Houston Nutt has done a fantastic job since taking over the program."
Tulane and Ole Miss were common opponents for much of the 20th century and were a part of three different conferences, including the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (Tulane- 1896-1921/Ole Miss- 1899-1921), which was one of the first collegiate athletic conferences formed in the United States, the Southern Conference (1922-32) and finally both schools were founding members of the Southeastern Conference in 1933. Tulane remained a member of the SEC until 1966, while Ole Miss remains a league member.