NCAAF Tulane Green Wave

General Information

Conference: American Athletic Conference

NCAA Division: Division 1

City: New Orleans, Louisiana

Stadium: Yulman Stadium


  • National Championships: 0
  • Conference Titles: 9
  • Divisional Championships: 0

Past Conferences:

  • SoCon (1922-1932).
  • SEC (1932-1965).
  • Conference USA (1996-2014).

Tulane Green Wave Standings & Analysis

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Passing yards:

  • Patrick Ramsey: 9,205
  • Ryan Griffin: 9,026
  • Shaun King: 8,419
  • Terrence Jones: 7,684
  • J.P. Losman: 6,754

Rushing yards:

  • Mewelde Moore: 4,364
  • Matt Forte: 4,265
  • Eddie Price: 3,095
  • Orleans Darkwa: 2,953
  • Bill Banker: 2,516

Receiving yards:

  • Marc Zeno: 3,725
  • Roydell Williams: 3,207
  • JaJuan Dawson: 3,048
  • Jeremy Williams: 2,807
  • Ryan Grant: 2,769

Tulane Green Wave Football History

Team History

The Tulane Green Wave began play in the early 1890s. The Green Wave have won nine conference championships across several conferences.

They won the SIAA in 1920 under head coach Germany Schulz and also got the nickname “Green Wave.” In 1922, the Green Wave joined the Southern Conference, where they won the conference in 1925, 1929, 1930, and 1931 before joining the SEC in 1932.

The Green Wave also had four undefeated seasons before joining the SEC. They won the SEC in 1934, 1939, and in 1949, but they started having plenty of hiccups for the next few decades. They only enjoyed four winning seasons from 1950-1969.

 Jim Pittman became head coach in 1964, with his best season being 1970; it was also his final season. Pittman was a hellacious recruiter.

The recruiting helped out eventually, and, in 1970, he had a very good and seasoned team. The defense was amazing and finished the season with a program-high 28 interceptions. Running back David Abercrombie had a historic season.

He rushed for a school record 263 yards against NC State. The team finished 7-4 and earned a trip to the Sugar Bowl. They won the game 17-14.

 From 1971-1996 the Green Wave only had five winning seasons. In 1996 Tulane joined Conference USA. Tommy Bowden took over the helm in 1997.

The Green Wave went 7-4 in Bowden’s first season. 1998 proved to be one of the best and most productive seasons in decades. Bowden and the Green Wave finished with a 12-0 record. Quarterback Shaun King finished the season with over 4,000 all purpose yards and 49 total touchdowns. They were invited to the Liberty Bowl and won by 41-27 over BYU.

From 2000 On

Chris Scelfo took over from 1998-2006. In his tenure the Green Wave had two winning seasons but they did go 2-0 in bowl games. However, Tulane had a few great players.

Quarterback Patrick Ramsey and quarterback J.P. Losman were both first round picks. Hurricane Katrina threw a wrench in the 2005 season and Unfortunately Scelfo was fired in 2006.

 The Green Wave weren’t really good the next few years, but running back Matt Forte had a historic 2007.

Forte finished his final season with more than 2,000 yards and 23 touchdowns. He rushed for over 200 yards five times and over 300 two times. He was drafted in the second round by the Chicago Bears.

In 2012, Curtis Johnson became the first black head coach at Tulane. In 2013 the Green Wave had a 7-6 record. They earned a trip to the New Orleans bowl. The Green Wave moved to the American Athletic Conference in 2014.

Willie Fritz has been the head coach since 2015. They won their division in 2018.

The Green Wave have three winning seasons under Fritz and a 2-1 bowl record. The Green Wave are having an excellent 2022, with an 8-2 record so far. They’re 5-1 in conference play and tied for first.

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Tulane Green Wave FAQ’s

What is the highest win total in program history?

The 1998 Green Wave finished with a 12-0 record. It was the second time in program history that the Green Wave finished with zero losses. They finished 7th in the AP Poll. 

What was the worst season in program history?

The 1962 Green Wave finished with a 0-10 record. Offensively, they weren’t efficient running the ball or passing the ball. 

How many bowl games have the Green Wave made?

The Green Wave have appeared in 13 total bowl games. They currently hold a 6-7 record in bowl games. Their first bowl game was in 1931 against USC. 

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