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Five Things to Know About Tulane University
Tulane Joins BIG EAST Conference
Tulane Quick Facts
- An Elite Institution: Tulane is one of the most highly regarded and selective independent research universities in the United States. It is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities – a select group of schools with pre-eminent programs of graduate and professional education and scholarly research. U.S. News and World Report listed Tulane 51st among the best national universities and in the top 27 for its service learning programs.
- Giving Back to a Resilient Community: Hurricane Katrina taught New Orleans important lessons about life and led to a university-wide commitment to public service. There is a natural fit between the leadership skills Tulane student-athletes develop and their ability to positively influence the youth of New Orleans – those in need of guidance or a helping hand. The Devlin Student-Athletes for Education Center for Leadership Development exists to help student-athletes make an even greater impact on the community by developing new associations and relationships with schools and nonprofit organizations. The S-AFE Center incorporates the principals of philanthropic service and leadership into the student-athlete experience and enhances the Tulane athletics department’s outreach efforts with coordinated planning, training and oversight.
- Recent Perfection: The most successful season in Tulane’s long history took place just 14years ago, as the Green Wave went 12-0 and defeated BYU 41-27 in the Liberty Bowl. Only one team – Louisville – stayed within a touchdown of the Green Wave, who averaged 41.6 points per game and scored at least 40 in nine of the 12 contests.
- The Right Head Coach: Football coach Curtis Johnson is in his first year with the Green Wave and his first year as a college head coach, but brings impeccable credentials to Tulane. Johnson has earned both a Super Bowl ring (coaching the receivers with the New Orleans Saints) and a BCS National Championship (as the receivers coach at Miami in 2001) and spent eight years in the BIG EAST as an assistant coach. Johnson has coached many of the elite receivers in the NFL today, including Andre Johnson, Reggie Wayne, Marques Colston, Devin Hester and Santana Moss.
- Top-Notch Facilities: Tulane has played its home football games in the Mercedez-Benz Superdome since 1975, with the Green Wave sharing its home with the NFL’s New Orleans Saints and the Allstate Sugar Bowl. Tulane will begin construction in January on Yulman Stadium – a state-of-the art on-campus facility that is scheduled to open for the 2014 season. Yulman Stadium will be equipped with a synthetic turf field as well two elevated club decks, an upper-level open-air club and an athletics quadrangle that will serve as the outdoor forecourt for the facility. The men’s basketball team will play the majority of its BIG EAST schedule at New Orleans Arena, home of the New Orleans Hornets. The baseball team plays at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium, a state-of-the-art, pro-style stadium with a capacity of 5,000 that opened in 2008.