WaveChat

September 28, 2011

Hello Green Wave Fans,

It’s been awhile since I’ve written and I apologize for the delayed start to our Wave Chat for the 2011-12 season. As many of you are aware, it has been a hectic few weeks in college athletics due to conference affiliation uncertainty and I have been fully immersed in that along with a busy fundraising travel schedule. More on each later…

The Green Wave football team is coming off an up-and-down two week stretch after dominating UAB on the road 49-10 two weeks ago and then falling at Duke 48-27 last week. I, like all of you, was disappointed in the outcome last weekend after such a strong showing the week prior. However, I hope you will continue to support these young men as we have a big game against Army in front of our northeastern contingent of Tulanians at West Point on Saturday.

Speaking of football, as you know, President Scott Cowen and I have expressed our desire to bring Green Wave football back on campus where it belongs. We have been aggressively seeking support for this effort and are very pleased with the response. We still have some work to do but are eager to share news as soon as we have definitive answers on this subject.

You may have recently read about the president of the undergraduate student body, Evan Nicoll, presenting to the student affairs subcommittee of the Tulane board in support of building an on-campus stadium. From what I am told, Evan and his colleagues did a wonderful job and we certainly appreciate him carrying that message from the student body. Our students would have a critical hand in the success of this venture so we value their feedback.

On the topic of conference shake-up, President Cowen and I have been working diligently to represent and protect Tulane’s best interest. In fact, Scott serves as the Chair of the Conference USA President’s Committee and as you read this message I am in Dallas meeting with the C-USA commissioner and fellow conference athletic directors to discuss our future as a league. As you may have heard, one of the options we are evaluating is a football-only merger with the Mountain West Conference. It’s too early to know the final outcome of these discussions but we are being proactive in light of the fragile conference environment across the country.

Ultimately, our objective is to ensure Tulane Athletics thrives in terms of our conference affiliation so that we can continue to attract the best and brightest student-athletes as well as provide our fans and alumni an athletics program that they can claim proudly. I will keep you apprised of any noteworthy developments going forward but urge all of us to take what you read and hear with a grain of salt.

Tulane Athletics has so much to offer to New Orleans and beyond and this program is on the verge of something special. Thank you for your continued patience and support and I’ll be in touch next month.

Roll Wave!

P.S. Tulane’s premiere fundraising event, the Hullabaloo Auction and Party, is only a few weeks away and one of the many ways to participate is to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win a package for the October 16 Saints game in Tampa. The package includes two 50-yard-line club seats, pre-game sideline passes, pre-game meal, parking, two-night stay, and airfare. The drawing for the package will be held this Saturday, Oct. 1, so purchase your tickets today. To buy raffle tickets or to register for the auction, visit the Helluva Hullabaloo website at https://tulane.ejoinme.org/register2011

Rick Dickson

Rick Dickson

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