Nine of Tulane's football games affected by hurricanes

Updated: October 19, 2005, 8:54 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS -- For the ninth time this year, a hurricane has disrupted Tulane's football schedule.

The Green Wave will play Central Florida on Friday instead of Saturday to avoid Hurricane Wilma, which is expected to hit central Florida on Saturday.

"Unfortunately, we have a lot of experience in dealing with these situations," said athletic director Rick Dickson, who found places for Tulane's athletes at four other universities after Hurricane Katrina filled New Orleans with water in late August.

Tulane, which sent some of its athletes to Texas, had to change schedules and cancel games again when Hurricane Rita headed that way.

"We've learned to adjust to everything this year," coach Chris Scelfo said. "This is just another obstacle we have to overcome. We appreciate UCF giving us the opportunity to get in and get out safely."

Nine of Tulane's 11 games have been rescheduled or changed because of hurricanes.

The Green Wave's season opener against Southern Mississippi, originally scheduled Sept. 4, is now Nov. 26 in Hattiesburg, Miss.

After the university decided it couldn't hold fall classes but that teams should continue to compete, all six home games had to be moved. Tulane has played "home" games in Shreveport (Sept. 17 vs. Mississippi State), Baton Rouge (Oct. 1 vs. Southeastern Louisiana), Lafayette (Oct. 8 vs. Houston) and Ruston (Oct. 14 vs. UTEP).

The Wave's next "home" game is Oct. 29 against Marshall at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. The site for the final "home" game of the season -- Nov. 19 vs. Tulsa -- has yet to be determined.

Tulane's Sept. 24 game in Dallas against SMU was moved from 7 p.m. to 1 p.m. because of Hurricane Rita. Tulane football, volleyball and soccer players spent the night before that storm in locker rooms below Kyle Field.

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