Thursday, November 17, 2005

Who Bets This Was Us???

RUSTON -- Tulane football coach Chris Scelfo, in an article that appeared on CBS on Wednesday, said some of his players have been contacted about transferring out of the Green Wave's program. Scelfo would not elaborate on the article following the team's practice Wednesday. "I'm not talking to nobody today. I'm not in a good mood, and you can quote me on that," Scelfo said as he got into his golf cart and drove away. Efforts to reach Scelfo later through Tulane's media relations contact were unsuccessful. However, sources close to the Green Wave program said the incident Scelfo was referring to took place recently. They said contact was made by "an assistant coach from an SEC school." They would not identify the school. In the article, Scelfo was quoted as saying: "In the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States, you've got to stoop pretty low to do that. You're lower than dirt. "I have reported them to the proper people," he continued. "I'm not going to tolerate that. There's people in our business that don't belong in our business." Word of schools attempting to contact Tulane players following Hurricane Katrina surfaced shortly after the team fled to Jackson, Miss., and then to Dallas before relocating at Louisiana Tech in the second week of September. During that time, the team's season was in jeopardy. Tulane (2-6, 1-4 C-USA) is mired in a five-game losing streak. It plays at Rice on Saturday. Tulane athletic director Rick Dickson said he reported the incident in September to the NCAA, which took a hard stance against other schools positioning themselves to try to raid the Green Wave's football team. During the past few weeks, there has been speculation about the Tulane athletic department's financial situation, which is said to be so bad that there is a possibility it might have to drop football. Dickson said that option has not been discussed by the university. Attempts to reach Dickson, who was traveling Wednesday evening, were unsuccessful.