Tulane football will enter a new era in 2014 with its inaugural season of playing in Yulman Stadium and the American Athletic Conference.
March 11, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane football team will embark on a season of firsts with its inaugural season in the American Athletic Conference (AAC), one of the most competitive schedules in recent memory with seven contests against teams coming off bowl appearances and the Green Wave will host six opponents in its new on-campus home, Yulman Stadium. These games highlight the 2014 schedule announced today by TU Director of Athletics Rick Dickson.
Fresh off a 7-6 overall record and an appearance in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, Tulane's 2014 non-conference line-up features home games against Georgia Tech and Southeastern Louisiana and road contests at Duke and Rutgers. TU's conference slate will consist of home games against Connecticut, Cincinnati, Memphis and Temple and road games at Tulsa, UCF, Houston and East Carolina. The 2014 schedule will also features three bye weeks on Oct. 4, 25 and Nov. 29.
The seven bowl squads are Georgia Tech (Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl), Duke (Chick-fil-A Bowl), Rutgers (New Era Pinstripe Bowl), UCF (Tostitos Fiesta Bowl), East Carolina (Beef O' Brady's Bowl), Houston (BBVA Compass Bowl) and Cincinnati (Belk Bowl), while Southeastern Louisiana advanced to the semifinals of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs.
The 2014 campaign will be a watershed season for the Tulane football program. For the last 38 years, TU has called the Mercedes-Benz Superdome its home field, but the Green Wave will return to campus for the inaugural season of Yulman Stadium this season.
Tulane will also be a part of a new conference for the first year since 1996. On July 1, 2014, Tulane will become a member of the AAC after playing the last 18 seasons as a member of Conference USA.
"This is a very demanding and challenging schedule, but one we will be prepared to play," Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson said. "I am looking forward to stepping foot in our new stadium on Sept. 6 and cannot wait to start league play. This is going to be a fantastic league with great teams and will quickly be considered one of the best in the country."
Season ticket and renewal information will be mailed out the first week of April to everyone who purchased season tickets last year. Fans can still guarantee your seat in Yulman Stadium by making a $50 deposit on each seat you want to purchase.
Jill H. and Avram A. Glazer Family Club and the Westfeldt Terrace are currently on sale and more information can be found at www.yulmanstadium.com. The Tulane Team Shop Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5pm and the phone number is 504-861-WAVE (9283).
Tulane's historical season will begin on the road during the first week of the season at fellow AAC newcomer Tulsa. Both schools will play their first conference game as part of The American at H.A. Chapman Stadium on Aug. 30 in Tulsa, Okla. The contest will mark the 11th all-time meeting between the schools and Tulane is coming off a 14-7 victory over the Golden Hurricane last season at the Superdome.
On Sept. 6, 2014, the Green Wave will play its first game on campus since 1974 when Tulane hosts Georgia Tech at Yulman Stadium. The Green Wave last played on campus when it hosted Ole Miss in the regular season finale at old Tulane Stadium on Nov. 30, 1974. Tulane and Georgia Tech first met in 1916 and this year's contest will mark the 49th all-time meeting between the schools. The last time TU and Tech squared off was during the 1982 season.
The following week, the Green Wave remains at home for a date against Southeastern Louisiana on Sept. 13. Tulane leads the series, 6-0, and the teams last met in the 2011 season opener at the Superdome.
The Wave returns to the road for a pair of contests at Duke (Sept. 20) and at Rutgers (Sept. 27). Tulane makes its second straight trip to Durham to face the Blue Devils after playing there in 2011. The teams will meet for just the fourth time.
A week later, the Green Wave returns to the road to face Rutgers in Piscataway, N.J. The game will mark the seventh meeting between the teams and the first since the 2012 season opener in New Orleans. In the last meeting between the teams in New Jersey, Tulane escaped Rutgers Stadium with a 17-14 victory.
Following the team's first bye week, the Green Wave will host its first American game at Yulman Stadium against Connecticut in a first time meeting on Oct. 11. The Huskies are the lone first timers on Tulane's 2014 schedule.
On Oct. 18, Tulane makes the trip to Orlando to take on the defending AAC champions, the UCF Knights. The Wave will face UCF in just the fifth meeting between the teams and the first since 2010, and TU makes its first appearance in Orlando since 2009.
Tulane will have a second bye week on Oct. 25 and returns to close out the month with a Friday night contest on ESPN2/ESPNU against Cincinnati on Halloween night at Yulman Stadium. The Bearcats are the oldest opponent on this year's schedule for Tulane. The two schools first met in New Orleans in 1909. The two teams have not met since 2002, which also took place in the Crescent City, and the Wave leads the series, 11-3.
Tulane and Houston renew their rivalry on Nov. 8 after a year off in the series and both schools are in their first season with a new on-campus stadium. The Green Wave and Cougars will meet for the 19th time, but for the first time in the newly opened Houston Football Stadium, in Houston.
A familiar face coming to TU's Yulman Stadium this fall will be the Memphis Tigers. The Wave will host the Tigers in the 31st all-time meeting, and the first since 2012, on Nov. 15.
The Green Wave will journey to East Carolina to take on the Pirates in the final road game of the regular season on Nov. 22 in Greenville, N.C. The two teams will meet for the 15th time and last met at ECU in 2011. Last year's meeting in the Superdome proved to be epic. The two teams battled through a three-overtime affair before Tulane prevailed, 36-33, in the longest game in school history for the Wave.
Following a third bye week, the Green Wave concludes the regular season on Saturday, Dec. 6 at home against Temple. The game will Tulane's first regular season finale at home since 2004.
Although Tulane and Temple have played on just one previous occasion, the inaugural meeting between the two teams proved to be a defining moment in the Green Wave history annals. On Jan. 1, 1935, the Green Wave and the Owls met in New Orleans at old Tulane Stadium in the first-ever Sugar Bowl game. In just its second bowl appearance, Tulane prevailed that day, 20-14, for the school's first bowl victory.
Game times, remaining televised contests and the 2014 homecoming opponent will be announced at a later date.