April 19, 2006
NEW ORLEANS - For the first time in several years, Tulane will conclude its spring football drills with an official "Green and White Spring Game." The 2006 spring game will be held this Saturday morning, April 22nd, beginning at 9 a.m. on the new practice fields at the Westfeldt Facility. Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.
Tulane Head Coach Chris Scelfo will split the squad and the coaching staff into "Green" and "White" units on Friday. The scrimmage will include offense, defense and punting but no kickoffs or returns. The losing team will be assigned clean-up duties after the team's post-game bar-b-que.
"Having been away all fall, this will give our fans an opportunity to see our returning players as we head into next year," Scelfo said. "I hope that people come out to show moral support for our players after what they endured this fall while representing this city and Tulane University."
Tulane played 11 games in 11 stadiums this fall while displaced due to Hurricane Katrina, compiling a season record of 2-9. The team was based out of Ruston, La. and attended classes at Louisiana Tech University before returning to New Orleans and Tulane for the spring semester in January.
Tulane opened spring practices on April 3 as soon as the new Sportexe practice turf was laid on the Westfeldt Facility fields, which were covered by floodwaters in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
Scelfo has said several times this spring that the team is grateful to be back home and practicing on its own fields.
"Our players are excited about having a game [Saturday]," Scelfo said. "We haven't had a `spring game' in a few years, but we will split up the roster and get after it on Saturday morning.
"It's a great weekend for the Tulane Football Family to come together. The parents and other special guests have been invited, and we're looking for a good group of Tulane fans to be there as well."
Parking for the spring game is free and available in the Diboll Parking Garage and along Ben Weiner Drive. The Westfeldt Facility is located behind the Goldring Tennis Courts. Fans will be asked to remain in the stands.
Tulane opens the 2006 season on Saturday, Sept. 9 at Houston and will play three straight road games to start the season before playing "Home in the 'Dome" on Sept. 30 versus SMU. The five-game 2006 home schedule includes games versus SMU, Rice (Oct. 7), Army (Oct. 28), Southern Miss (Nov. 11) and UCF (Nov. 18). Season ticket information will be provided soon.
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