Sept. 1, 2008
Comments from Coach Toledo Following Monday's Practice
Comments from Quarterback Kevin Moore Following Monday's Practice
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Tulane Green Wave football team continued preparations for its season opener against Alabama with its first practice in Birmingham this morning at Seibert Stadium on the campus of Samford University.
While Hurricane Gustav was making landfall on the Louisiana coast and strong winds and rain pounded the New Orleans area, the Tulane Green Wave football team practiced today for the first time since evacuating the Crescent City last Saturday. The team shook off any rust from its two off days with a 24-period practice in full pads amid cloudy skies and a steady wind.
Tulane was originally scheduled to fly into Birmingham on Friday, September 5 as part of the team's normal travel plans, but the hurricane forced TU to move up its departure date. The Wave will continue its morning practices at Samford through Thursday. In addition to Seibert Stadium, the team will also use Samford's weight-training facilities, film rooms, locker rooms and other facilities.
Tulane's evacuation because of a hurricane threatening the New Orleans area is nothing new for the Green Wave football program. In fact, the 2008 roster features 24 players that evacuated the campus in 2005 because of deadly Hurricane's Katrina and Rita, and eight players were true freshmen in 2004 when Hurricane Ivan forced the team to evacuate.
The Green Wave (0-0, 0-0 C-USA) opens its 114th season of football this Saturday, Sept. 6, on the road at the University of Alabama (1-0, 0-0 SEC). The Wave is making its first appearance in Tuscaloosa since 1991, but is battling a Southeastern Conference opponent for the fifth straight season. The Tide enters the contest ranked No. 24 in the preseason polls, while the Green Wave is not ranked. Tulane is looking to post its first win in a season opener since a 2002 victory over Southern (37-19) at the Louisiana Superdome. The game at Bryant-Denny Stadium is sold out.