Since we are in a holding pattern for the weekend before camp starts, I just want to post an updated list of the 2010 freshmen.
Tulane Green Wave Alum Patrick Ramsey has officially signed with the Saints, after what seems like weeks of speculation.
He was signed on Wednesday and partook in his first practice of the year on Friday. Ramsey took the majority of the snaps with the second team offense, as he is the early favorite to succeed Mark Brunell as Drew Brees’ backup.
Ramsey will have to beat out Chase Daniel and Sean Canfield, who are also both fighting for a spot on the defending Super Bowl Champions roster.
Saints Head Coach Sean Payton has brought in four quarterbacks to camp – its very unlikely that all four will be around for the beginning of the 2010 regular season. Ramsey must earn a roster spot on this Saints team, he is a not a “shoe-in” by any means.
Throughout the course of the NFL season, we will try to keep everyone updated on the notable alumni.
Ahhh – finally. Green Wave preseason camp is right around the corner. The Tulane Athletics Department announced the Football Preseason Schedule Wednesday night. All freshmen are to report this Monday (Aug 2nd) and veterans report the following day, Tuesday (Aug 3rd). The first practice commences at 9:20 AM on Wednesday (Aug 4th) on the Westfeldt Practice Facility. The Green Wave have about a week to get their legs under them before Two-A-Days start on Wednesday, August 11th.
The General Public is invited to come watch the Green Wave scrimmage on Saturday, August 21st, while the Annual Fan Day will take place the next week on Wednesday, August 25th, from 5-7 PM.
Below is the Full Schedule for the entire Preseason Camp, as released by the Tulane Athletic Department:
2 Monday Freshmen Report
3 Tuesday Veteran’s Report
4 Wednesday Practice #1 (9:20 a.m.)
5 Thursday Practice #2 (9:20 a.m.)
6 Friday Practice #3 (9:20 a.m.)
7 Saturday Practice #4 (3:20 p.m.)
9 Monday Practice #5 (9:20 a.m.)
10 Tuesday Practice #6 (9:20 a.m.)
11 Wednesday Two-a-Day Practices #7/#8 (9:20 a.m./3:20 p.m.)
12 Thursday Practice #9 (9:20 a.m.)
13 Friday Two-a-Day Practices #10/#11 (9:20 a.m./3:20 p.m.)
16 Monday Practice #12 (9:20 a.m.)
17 Tuesday Practice #13 (9:20 a.m.)
18 Wednesday Two-a-Day Practices #14/#15 (9:20 a.m./3:20 p.m.)
19 Thursday Practice #16 (9:20 a.m.)
20 Friday Two-a-Day Practices #17/#18 (9:20 a.m./3:20 p.m.)
21 Saturday Practice #19 (3:20 p.m.) OPEN SCRIMMAGE
23 Monday First Day of Class Practice #20 (2:50 p.m.)
24 Tuesday Practice #21 (2:50 p.m.)
25 Wednesday Practice #22 (2:50 p.m.)
Fan Day (5-7 p.m.)
26 Thursday Practice #23 (2:55 p.m.)
27 Friday Practice #24 (2:55 p.m.)
2 Thursday Season Opener vs. Southeastern Louisiana
Conference USA is considering moving to a 9 game league schedule, according to the orlandosentinel.com. During Conference USA’s football media day on Sunday, there was some talk that C-USA was fed up by not having any league teams represented in the BCS games. The solution – more league play and a softer non-conference schedule.
C-USA Commissioner Britton Banowsky stated on Sunday, “We have talked about moving to a nine-game conference schedule”, however it will be difficult economically to do so. The non-conference games against powerful opponents are the events that bring in the big money for C-USA. Trying to abandon that method will be tough financially moving forward Banowsky said, “…It’s a difficult dynamic because there’s an economic factor associated with [it] and you have to balance it. You have to pay for your athletic programs and you to have a good season ticket for the fans. It’s challenging.”
There is no question that a softer non-conference schedule will help improve the chances of an undefeated season within the conference and hence a better overall record, but does it help the Tulane Football program? C-USA as a whole?
C-USA is not known as one of the power conferences in college football. And to basically “trap” the conference’s teams to play against each other will bring down the quality and integrity of the conference. By allowing its’ teams to play against powerful non-conference schools, the quality of the football will rise and the impact of a win will be much greater.
For example, a 7-6 (6-3) year looks great on paper. Hypothetically, we finished 3 games above .500 in league play, with big wins over Houston and Rice. However, I’d rather have a 6-7 (4-4) record with big wins against Rutgers and Ole Miss.
Wins against powerful programs will put the Green Wave on the map. Big wins against big schools translates to a better foundation for years to come, with better recruits and more cash flow. Granted, finishing 3 games above .500 would be great, a big step in the right direction for TU Football. But I’d rather upset Ole Miss and Rutgers and finish at .500 in the conference.
Some food for thought for the future.
I know it’s some old news, but I think it’s worth sharing.
The Ole Miss game at the ‘Dome on Sept 11 will be televised on ESPN2 at 8 PM. In addition to the Green Wave playing on ESPN2, they will also have two games on CBS College Sports, formerly known as CSTV – at Houston on Sept. 25 at 2:30 p.m. and at Marshall at 11 a.m. on Nov. 27.
The Ole Miss meeting at home will be a huge game for the program. These National TV events for the Green Wave are a rare treat, and when they have them, the Green Wave must take advantage of them. National TV games are a chance for the program to build up its reputation and catch the eye of some potential recruits, as they did in the Army game last year on CSTV, when Ross Thevenot kicked the game-winning field goal with 2 minutes and change left.
These games are the building blocks for the years to come, and the Green Wave need as much fan support as possible, especially Sept 11 at the ‘Dome. ROLL WAVE!