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Like Tulane, Tulsa will be playing its final season in Conference USA this coming year. And like the Green Wave, the Golden Hurricane will bolt for the old Big East Conference, now the American Athletic Conference.
Tulsa University was founded on Indian territory and was actually open for business before Oklahomabecame a state.
The Golden Hurricane have won the most Conference USA championships since they became a member. Tulsa has won more than double the amount of conference titles than the school that is second in C-USA for championships.
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
Tulane Green Wave
You thought Steve Spurrier ran up the scores on opponents when he was the Florida Gators coach, Tulsa football probably invented running up the score. Let’s run over to Tulsa, Oklahoma and visit the Golden Hurricane. . . .
FROM INDIAN TERRITORY TO CHURCH TO UNIVERSITY
Before it became a university, Tulsa started out as the Presbyterian School for Girls located on Muskogee, Indian Territory. In 1894, it was expanded to become Henry Kendall College. The college was moved from its original location in downtown Muskogee to a larger campus. At the request of the administration, the Synod of Indian Territory assumed control as trustees and began to look at alternatives for the future of the school. When the administration was approached by the town of Tulsa and offered a chance to move, the decision was made to relocate.
The Tulsa Commercial Club (a forerunner of the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce) decided to bid for the college. The school opened to 35 students in September 1907, two months before Oklahoma became a state. The first students attended classes at First Presbyterian Church until permanent buildings could be erected on the new campus. This became the start of higher education in Tulsa.
ANOTHER GOLDEN STORM
Before adopting the name Golden Hurricane in 1922, Tulsa had many unofficial team nicknames including Kendallites, Presbyterians, Tulsans, Tigers, Orange and Black, and Yellow Jackets. The name "Golden Tornadoes" was chosen by former Tulsa football coach H.M. Archer (1922–24) based on new gold and black uniforms and a remark made during practice of the team "roaring through opponents". However, the same name had been chosen in 1917 by Georgia Tech. Archer then substituted the term "hurricane" for "tornado" and a team vote prior to leaving for the game against Texas A&M confirmed the official nickname as "Golden Hurricane”. Archer could have beaten Georgia Tech to the punch if he would have chosen Yellow Jackets – Georgia Tech’s current nickname.
NO MERCY FROM TULSA
Former Tulsa football coach Francis Schmidt was known as "Close the Gates of Mercy" Schmidt because of his efforts to run up the score on inferior teams. Under Schmidt's three-year tenure, Kendall (Tulsa was Kendall College before it became Tulsa) defeated Oklahoma Baptist 152-0, St. Gregory 121-0, and NE Oklahoma 151-0, as well as a 92-0 defeat of East Central Oklahoma and 10 other victories by 60+ points.
But what goes around, comes around as the Golden Hurricane was handed one of the worst defeats in college football history when they were beaten by the Houston Cougars 100-6 on November 23, 1968.
Tulsa has won six national championships -- four in women's golf and two in men's basketball. . .Since becoming a member of Conference USA in 2005, Tulsa teams have won 49 conference championships, including 16 postseason titles and nine regular season crowns. It's the most C-USA titles (Rice is second with 16) since the league re-aligned in 2005-06. . .The Tulsa men’s basketball program won the NIT in 1981 and 2001. . .Tulsa's baseball team played in the College World Series twice, finishing second in 1969 and in third place in 1971. Tulsa dropped its baseball program in 1980, citing rising costs and the need to fund a full women's sports program.
Tulsa’s mascot is a superhero. Captain Cane is clothed in a blue body suit, a mask, golden gloves and boots, and a hurricane flag cape. He carries a storm summoning sword shaped like a lightning bolt. Two-thousand coloring books were distributed to children at a 2009 home football game presenting the story of a brainy TU student's transformation into Captain Cane as the result of an accident involving storm-generated static electricity. From 1978 to 1994, the mascot was known as "Huffy," who was similar to Captain Cane in appearance.
GOLDEN HURRICANE NAMES
Some of the notable Tulsa alums include: S. E. Hinton, author of Rumble Fish and The Outsiders; Rue McClanahan, one of the “Golden Girls”; Dr. Phil, TV personality and psychologist who also played football at Tulsa; Steve Largent, former Seattle Seahawks receiver, Pro Football Hall of Famer, former U.S. Congressman.
GOLDEN HURRICANE HITS
Tulsa has the smallest undergraduate enrollment of any Division I football school with 3,174 undergrads.
Tulsa was the first university to play in five straight New Year's Day bowl games: the 1942 Sun Bowl, 1943 Sugar Bowl, 1944 Sugar Bowl, 1945 Orange Bowl, and 1946 Oil Bowl.
At one time Tulsa’s football field was only 90 yards long. The team played its home games at McNulty Park, a 90-yard baseball field where the teams had to drive the length of the field before bringing out the ball to the 10 and having to put the ball in the endzone again.
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