The “Green Wave,” as they are known by their fans, is a Division 1 men’s football team for Tulane University. They are a member of the American Athletic Conference (AAC) and a squad that is looking for an identity and a winning formula.
The team’s Head Coach is Curtis Johnson. He has held the position for four years and in that time has seen his team lose more games than it has won. Consider what happened last year, in 2014.
The Green Wave managed to win just three games while losing nine contests. Its record against Conference foes was equally poor. This squad won just two of eight games.
Clearly, it takes time to build a successful college football program, especially when the school that is attempting to develop a winning habit is not now and has never been a top tier program. Nevertheless, small schools around the country have been able to recruit quality players and that is what Coach Johnson has been trying to do for the Green Wave.
His recruiting efforts have not changed the culture on this football team so far, but change may be in the not-too-distant future, perhaps as early as next year. Meanwhile the Green Wave must play the games on its 2015 schedule.
It started doing just that on September 3rd when the Blue Devils of Duke University helped to kick off the Green Wave’s home schedule. The visitors won easily by a score of 37.7. Tulane University traveled to Georgia on September 12th and took on the fifteenth ranked Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. The Green Wave lost that game by a final score of 65-10.
Better days may be just “around the corner” because the Green Wave will host Maine University this Saturday, September 19th. It is considered a winnable game. Other home games include contests against the University of Central Florida (UCF) on October 3rd, the University of Houston on October 16th, the Huskies of the University of Connecticut on November 3rd and Tulsa University on November 27th.
Games away from home may prove difficult for the Green Wave in 2015. The team will have to play at Temple University on October 10th, the U.S. Naval Academy on October 24th, Memphis University on October 31st, Army on November 14th and the Mustangs of Southern Methodist University (SMU) on November 21st.
There are no easy games in the schedule for the struggling Green Wave. This squad will have to perform at the highest level it can reach in order to be competitive and to have a chance to win.
Dedication and commitment are needed for every down of every game. If that happens, the Green Wave may find that it has won games and earned respectability.
It will be interesting to see if this squad can “rise to the occasion” and produce positive results on the gridiron.
Courtesy of Sportsnola.com