Sept. 10, 2008
NEW ORLEANS - The Tulane Green Wave football team will host the 14th-ranked East Carolina Pirates this Saturday at the originally scheduled time of 2 p.m. at the Louisiana Superdome in the Conference USA opener for both squads. Earlier this week, Hurricane Ike looked to put a damper on the Green Wave's home opener, but has since changed direction and should not affect the New Orleans area.
"After closely monitoring our region's weather forecast over the last several days, we have notified East Carolina and Conference USA that Saturday's game will occur as scheduled for 2 p.m.," Tulane Director of Athletics Rick Dickson said. "There will be no time adjustment as tentatively planned to accommodate the LSU-North Texas game based on their ability to host their game in Baton Rouge. We will continue to monitor weather to ensure a safe environment for fans and participants, and we pray for those where landfall may occur."
The Green Wave (0-1, 0-0 C-USA) will battle its second nationally-ranked opponent in as many weeks when its faces East Carolina (2-0, 0-0 C-USA) on Saturday. Last week, the Green Wave held its own at No. 13/17 ranked Alabama before falling, 20-6. The last time Tulane played back-to-back games against nationally-ranked opponents was in 1999 when the Wave dropped a pair of road games at No. 19 Syracuse (Oct. 2) and at No. 25 Ole Miss (Oct. 9).
Last week in the season opener at Alabama, Tulane had little trouble moving the ball against the No. 13 ranked Crimson Tide, outgaining Alabama, 318-172, while the Green Wave defense registered four sacks and allowed the Tide just one sustained drive for their lone offensive score. However, the Wave special teams surrendered a punt return for a touchdown and had another punt blocked and returned for a score.
East Carolina is perhaps the hottest team in all of college football during the young season of 2008. The Pirates, who were picked to finish second behind UCF in the East Division in the Conference USA preseason coaches' poll, opened the season with a stunning 27-22 victory over No. 17 Virginia Tech. One week later, ECU proved it was no fluke with a convincing 24-3 rout of No. 8 West Virginia. The Pirates are the first nationally ranked team from Conference USA to face Tulane at home since No. 7 Louisville in 2004.
Saturday's game marks the 10th all-time meeting between Tulane and East Carolina, and the Pirates lead the series, 7-2. However, Tulane holds a mark of 2-1 at home against the Pirates with wins in 1997 and 2003. ECU's lone win in the Crescent City came in 2001. This Saturday's contest marks the Pirates' first appearance in New Orleans since 2003.
The Tulane-East Carolina contest is also "Celebrate Tulane Day" at the Superdome. All Tulane University faculty and staff members, along with their immediate families, will receive a free ticket to the game with a valid Tulane faculty/staff/student identification card. The contest will feature a family friendly atmosphere with pregame activities, including the Tulane Green Wave Tailgate Area (top of garage # 2) and a live regional band - Rockin Dopsie Jr and the Zydeco Twisters- beginning at 11 a.m. Tulane Students will receive a free t-shirt upon entering the Superdome while supplies last, and the Tulane Marching Band and Cheerleaders will perform during pregame festivities, at halftime and at the conclusion of the contest.
During the game, one lucky fan will have the opportunity to win $10,000 between quarter breaks (need to sign up in the tailgate area) while one lucky Tulane student will have the opportunity to win $15,000 at halftime (need to sign up in the tailgate area).
The Tulane volleyball team is hosting the Allstate Sugar Bowl Classic at Fogelman Arena this weekend. Tulane University faculty and staff members, along with their immediate families, will receive a free ticket to the Friday match against Jacksonville State at 7 p.m. and to both Saturday contests with a valid Tulane faculty/staff/student identification card. The Green Wave will face North Dakota State in its first match on Saturday at 11 a.m. and will return for a night match-up against Maryland at 8 p.m.
Any fan with a ticket stub from the Tulane-East Carolina football game will be admitted to Saturday night's TU-Maryland match for half price.
All faculty and staff may pick up tickets at the Tulane Ticket Office in the James W. Wilson, Jr. Center prior to Friday at 5 p.m., or on game day at the Superdome or Fogelman Arena. The faculty/staff entrance at the Superdome is Gate E.
Both season and single game tickets for the 2008 Tulane football season are now on sale through the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office. For more information on 2008 Tulane football tickets or any Green Wave home event, please call the Ticket Office at (504) 861-WAVE (9283), or visit www.TulaneGreenWave.com.