Thursday, February 12, 2009

Rebs Add Green Wave Back to Schedule

I have been saying for some time that Tulane was always a good non conference game for Ole Miss to play for several reasons. For one it is a home and home type series that Ole Miss does not have to shell out alot of cash for a team to come to Oxford. Another reason is that many Rebel fans will make the trip to New Orleans. It is always good to have road warriors and there will no doubt be at least 15,000 that travel to this game and probably more.

My only beef about this is that we play LSU on the road in this year also. I would have liked them to alternate the LSU and Tulane road games. That way you have New Orleans to go to for one game a year instead of twice in one season. At any rate good move by UMAA.

OXFORD, Miss. ­ - Following a nine-year break, a football series which dates back to 1893 will resume in 2010 when Ole Miss travels to New Orleans to play Tulane University, it was announced Thursday by the two schools.

The 2010 home game for Tulane is set for Sept. 11 in the Louisiana Superdome, while the Rebels will host a return game with the Green Wave here in Vaught-Hemingway Stadium on Sept. 22, 2012. Two additional games are scheduled in the future, with Ole Miss at Tulane in 2016 and Tulane at Ole Miss in 2017. Specific playing dates in 2016 and 2017 are yet to be determined.

“We are pleased to be able to resume this storied series,” said Ole Miss Athletics Director Pete Boone. “Tulane is probably the most requested non-conference opponent from our fan base, and Ole Miss fans have traditionally enjoyed the trip to New Orleans to play the Green Wave.”

Ole Miss and Tulane have met 69 times with the Rebels holding a 41-28 advantage in the series. The first 31 games in the series were played in New Orleans before Ole Miss finally hosted Tulane in Oxford in 1951, a game Coach John Vaught’s Rebels won 25-6.

For Ole Miss, the 69 meetings with Tulane ranks as the fourth most in school history behind Mississippi State (105), LSU (97) and Vanderbilt (82).

Ole Miss holds a 12-2 advantage in games played in Oxford as well as a 4-1 lead when the two teams have played in Jackson, the last in the Capital City being in 1982 when the Rebels prevailed 45-15. The series is tied, 25-25, for games played in New Orleans. The last meeting between the two teams took place in Oxford during the 2000 season opener for both schools.

Common opponents for much of the 20th century, Ole Miss and Tulane have been members of the same conference three times, beginning with the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association, one of the first collegiate athletic conferences formed in the United States. Tulane was a member of the SIAA from 1896 to1921, while Ole Miss held membership in the SIAA from 1899 to 1921.

Both Ole Miss and Tulane were members of the Southern Conference from 1922 to 1932 before becoming two of the 13 charter members to form the Southeastern Conference in 1933. Tulane remained a member of the SEC until 1966, while Ole Miss continues as a league member.

"We're pleased to restart this four-game home-and-home series," said Tulane Athletics Director Rick Dickson. "This adds back another of our historic rivalries to our schedule along with Alabama, Georgia Tech and others."

The University of Mississippi first fielded a football team in 1893 with Dr. A. L. Bondurant serving as the first coach. Led by Captain Alfred H. Roudebush, that first team finished the year with a 4-1 record, including a 12-4 victory over Tulane on Dec. 2 in New Orleans.

Tulane’s longest winning streak in the series is 12 games, while the longest winning streak for Ole Miss is 10 games. The Rebels have won the last nine meetings.