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Usually universities add medical schools after the university itself opens. As we continue our look at FIU’s opponents in Conference USA, Tulane began as a medical school before it became a full-fledge university.
Located in New Orleans, Tulane was an original member of the Southeastern Conference and has had athletic success despite no longer being an SEC member.
The Green Wave, as the Tulane teams are known, will play one final year in Conference USA this coming season before moving to the American Athletic Conference.
Tulane played a big part in the early Super Bowls and the creation of the Sugar Bowl.
Before the official name of Tulane’s mascot was chosen, the students voted an interesting name for the school’s mascot. There are other interesting aspects of Tulane to tell you about.
In the previous FIU’s Conference USA Opponents Series you got to know:
East Carolina Pirates
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
Marshall Thundering Herd
Old Dominion Monarchs
Southern Miss Golden Eagles
Let’s mosey on over to the Big Easy and get to know Tulane. . . .
THE REAL UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA?
In 1847, the Louisiana state legislature established Tulane – before it was known as Tulane -- as the University of Louisiana. Paul Tulane, owner of a prospering dry goods and clothing business, donated the land within New Orleans for the university. Tulane was founded 13 years earlier as a public medical college in 1834. Eventually Tulane went from being public to private and is the only American university to be converted from a state public institution to a private one.
Like FIU and Southern Miss, Tulane has several satellite campuses in other parts of the world. Tulane has campuses in Biloxi, Mississippi, and Madison, Mississippi. Also in: Houston; Cali, Colombia; Santiago, Chile; Shanghai, China, and Taipei, Taiwan. Tulane also has signed an educational affiliation agreement with International University in Geneva.
Tulane Law School offers classes in England, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, and the Netherlands.
FROM SEC TO C-USA to AAC
Tulane was a charter member of the Southeastern Conference, in which it competed until 1966. Tulane then became an Independent before joining Conference USA in 1996, which it will leave after this year to join the old Big East/new American Athletic Conference.
EARLY SUPER BOWLS & SUGAR BOWLS
New Orleans has been home to many Super Bowls and the Sugar Bowl, but several of the early games of each event were played at Tulane Stadium.
The original home of the Green Wave was historic Tulane Stadium. Tulane Stadium, which seated more than 80,000 people, held three Super Bowls, was home to the New Orleans Saints, and gave rise to the Sugar Bowl. Tulane Stadium was demolished in 1980. Tulane Stadium itself was often informally referred to as "the Sugar Bowl” because that’s where the annual college football game started.
When Tulane begins play in the AAC in 2014, the Green Wave football team will play in brand new on-campus Yulman Stadium. Since 1975, the Green Wave has played their home games at the Superdome, which is also the home of the Saints.
The school's national championships have all come from men's tennis, with one team title in 1959 and multiple singles and doubles titles. The Green Wave baseball team was ranked No. 1 most of the 2005 season, finished with 56 wins and placed fifth at the College World Series. Tulane also played in the 2001 CWS when it led nation with 55 wins. Tulane won the inaugural Sugar Bowl defeating Temple, 20-14 in 1935 at Tulane Stadium. In 1998 Tulane football was 12–0, won the Liberty Bowl and finished the season ranked seventh in the nation.
MASCOT NAMES: GUMBY, RIPTIDE, PECKER
The Green Wave nickname of the Tulane sports teams was adopted during the 1920 season after a song titled "The Rolling Green Wave" was published in the Tulane Hullabaloo. From 1893 to 1919, the Tulane teams were officially known as "The Olive and Blue," for the school colors.
Riptide the Pelican, the new mascot, debuted in 1998 with the re-branding of Tulane athletics. Prior to that, the school used an angry wave nicknamed "Gumby" by fans.
The pelican, which is also the new nickname of New Orleans’s NBA team, is the Louisiana state bird and is found on the state flag and state seal. The name "Riptide" was selected for the pelican by the administration after a vote of the student body in which the students actually voted that the pelican be named "Pecker."
NOTEWORTHY GREEN WAVES
Some of the more noteworthy Tulane alums work behind the cameras: Jonathan Hensleigh wrote "Die Hard: With a Vengeance," "Jumanji" and "Armageddon"; Lawrence Gordon produced two “Die Hard” movies, two "Lara Croft" movies; Doug Ellin, creator of the HBO series “Entourage”; Other Tulane alums include: David Filo, co-founder of Yahoo!; actor Paul Michael Glaser, who played Starsky in “Starsky and Hutch”; actress and model Lauren Hutton; Shannon Lee, daughter of martial arts legend Bruce Lee; TV trash talk show host Jerry Springer.
When the storage areas underneath the seating at Tulane Stadium were being emptied prior to demolition in 1980, an Ancient Egyptian mummy couple was discovered.
In a 1912 football game against Southwestern Louisiana, Tulane set NCAA records of 15 rushing touchdowns and 95 points that still stand.
During the 2005 football season Tulane was displaced from New Orleans due to the effects of Hurricane Katrina. The Green Wave was forced to play 11 games in 11 stadiums that season, including games at three Sun Belt Conference stadiums: Cajun Field (Lafayette, La.), Ladd Peebles Stadium (Mobile, Ala.), and Malone Stadium (Monroe, La.)
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