SEPTEMBER 07, 2018

Tulane Recruit Visitor List: Nicholls State Game

Recruits who will be on hand at Yulman for Game Two

By JP Gooderham

Folks, we're 24 hours from another showdown at Yulman Stadium. Here is the list of recruits that Tulane Football expects to be on hand.

Freddie Mango - DB - Delta Charter, LA

Tulane commit since early August.

Dante Wright - WR - Navarre, FL

Speedy receiver and Tulane commit.

Tyjae Spears - RB - Ponchatoula

Tulane commit since May

Colby Orgeron - OL - J. Curtis

Tulane commit.

Marcus Harris - DE - Park Crossing, AL

Offers from FAU, Toledo, and Tulane, among others.

Jordan Jefferson - DL - Navarre, FL

Offers from FAU, FIU, and Ga Southern.

Tyrone Lewis - DB - Hammond

High 3-star DB with P5 interest from Utah and Arkansas, among others.

Devonta Lee - Amite

Blue chip recruit with offers from Alabama, TAMU, LSU, and more.

Kyle Maxwell - WR - Amite

Uncommitted 3-star WR but has offers from Kentucky, Arkansas, and Lousiana Tech, in addition to Tulane.

Kiland Harrison - ATH - St Joseph, MS

Kash Foley - WR - Riverside

Another 3-star WR with an offer list that includes Kentucky, Kansas, and Arkansas State.

Jack Mashburn - ATH - St Paul

Jack Stanton - DE - Alpharetta GA

Khris Simmons - WR - Zachary

Darius Hodges - LB - Park Crossing, AL

3-star LB, offers from Arkansas, CMU, and others.

Want to get prepped for the game? Make sure to check out this week's Fear the Wavecast. In this podcast, we interview Nicholls State beat writer Brent St. Germain abou the Colonels.

AUGUST 27, 2018

Listening Guide for The Perfect Wave - a podcast documentary on the 1998 Tulane Green Wave

A "Making Of" look at what it takes to build a perfect team

By JP Gooderham

This summer, Fear the Wave has launched a project to tell the story of the 1998 Tulane Green Wave as the team reaches the 20th anniversary of its historic season.

After 12 hours of interviews, which included:
- Coach Tommy Bowden
- Offensive Coordinator Rich Rodriguez
- QB Shaun King
- QB Jeff Curtis
- OL Jimmy Ordeneaux
- OL Jerry Godfrey
- OL Bernard Robertson
- K Brad Palazzo
- OL Corey Sewell
- Sportscaster Ed Daniels

The series is being released on all podcast apps for download. If you want to sample the show or listen without downloading anything, you can find streams of the six major episodes below (with a new Chapter coming out each week).

We are releasing each episode a week early on our new Storyboard Podcasts app in the iPhone app store for All Access subscribers. For $2.99 a month, you will get these episodes early, we'll send you a FTW sticker as a thank you, and you will unlock additional bonus content, like our weekly Practice Reports.

Chapter 1: From Buddy to Bowden

Tulane makes a coaching change when Buddy Teevens' era concludes and Tommy Bowden comes to Uptown.

Players see the bar raised, as they learn that being competitive is not enough to earn the respect of the new coaching staff.

This Chapter follows the team's progress in Coach Bowden's first year en route to a 7-4 season.

Chapter 2: Camp Covington

After being denied a bowl game despite breaking the Green Wave's streak of losing seasons, the team comes to Covington, LA eager to prove themselves.

The Green Wave faces adversity as several key players see their status up in the air due to academic issues, while newcomers are forced to fill big shoes.

The team leaves camp to play Cincinnati and open the 1998 season.

Chapter 3: There was Bad Blood with Southern Miss

Chapter 3 brings us to the first game action of 1998, as the Wave heads to Cincinnati and sees their hard work pay off.

This episode concludes with a deep dive into the monumental showdown in the Superdown with defending conference champion Southern Miss, when injured star quarterback Shaun King and backup Jeff Curtis would make an impact for the Wave to stay perfect.

AUGUST 16, 2018

THE PERFECT WAVE: Chapter Two - Camp Covington is now out for all podcast apps

Storyboard App subscribers can get next week's episode too in their app today

By JP Gooderham

Greenies and College Football fans, the Perfect Wave is back with Chapter Two: Camp Covington, now available on all podcast apps.

You can stream here from your browser:

Or, you can become a subscriber on your favorite podcast app by searching "Fear the Wavecast." You can find us in the Apple Podcasts app, Google Play, or anywhere else.

In this episode, which features interviews with Coach Tommy Bowden, Rich Rodriguez, Shaun King, and many more, the team heads to Covington to prepare for the 1998 season. With the emergence of stars like King in 1997, the team embraced the rising expectations while players fought for their jobs.

Become a Storyboard Power Listener

Remember, the Perfect Wave is the first show on the Storyboard Podcasts app (available on iPhone). For $2.99, Power Listeners get all access, including next week's episode, "There was Bad Blood with Southern Miss," available today.

To become a power listener, search for "Storyboard Podcasts" in the app store. You will get all episodes a week early, a couple of bonus episodes, and a FTW sticker as a thank you for your support.

AUGUST 10, 2018

"The Perfect Wave - Chapter 2," from our 1998 Tulane Football Documentary, is out.

Storyboard App Subscribers can get the episode today. Arrives next week for all other apps.

By JP Gooderham

Greenies and College Football fans. I'm excited to say that Chapter Two of our six-part audio documentary "The Perfect Wave" is officially out on our Storyboard Podcasts app.

If you are a premium subscriber, you can download the episode from your feed starting tonight!

This 29-minute episode looks at the team as they take the Causeway and arrive in Covington, coming off a 7-4 season that represented progress but left players with a chip on their shoulder when they did not reach bowl season.

We figure out what kind of expectations the team fostered in that camp, as well as how they came together and laid the foundation for the season to come in Chapter Two: Covington.

More Updates for Power Listeners on Storyboard

If you are already subscribing on Storyboard, an app in the Apple store, these notes are for you.

Tonight's episode -- which comes a week early -- is your first bonus perk for becoming an All Access supporter. When we tried this model to support the show, we didn't know if it would work or anyone would be interested.

Let me say how much I appreciate the response and how it will make the show better as we continue working to tell this story.

As a token of our appreciation, we are sending a Fear the Wave sticker to every premium subscriber for their help in making this project a reality.

fear the wave stickers

Not a Subscriber Yet?

If you are not a supporter yet and want to be, here's the deal. The All Access subscribers who download the Storyboard Podcasts app will get all episodes a week early, receive at least two bonus episodes only for the Storyboard supporters, and get the sticker from above -- support costs $2.99 for four weeks of access, and you can shut it off at any time.

Also, since I built the app, I want to note if you have any feedback or run into any issues, please shoot me a DM @FearTheWaveBlog on Twitter and find me by email (JP @ fearthewave dot com).

If you are not an iPhone user or this isn't for you, the six major episodes will be posted publicly, and you can listen to the first one here on Soundcloud or on the podcast app of your choosing.

I hope you enjoy the project, and Roll Wave!

MAY 07, 2018

Podcast Ain't Nobody talks about Auburn dropping $2M to play Tulane

The Wave heads to Auburn in 2019 for a single shot buy game

By JP Gooderham

If you follow FTW on Twitter, you know that we are big fans of the Podcast Ain't Played Nobody show over at SB Nation, hosted by Bill Connelly and Steven Godfrey.

They not only do an excellent job across the board -- they cover the AAC as well or better than anyone else in College Football media.

While they were doing their latest epsiode, Brett McMurphy tweeted this about the 2019 Tulane @ Auburn game:

PAPN decided to discuss it, and I thought I'd transcribe their comments here.

PAPN:

SG: Auburn paid Tulane... ready for it. $1.9 million for a 2019 game. The question is: how many points will Tulane beat Auburn by in 2019.

Dang. What's going on? Is this a slow creep? Is it going to cap? This is crazy. $2M to play Tulane.

If you're Auburn, and this is a legit question, I know Auburn plays at LSU every other year, but why not go to Tulane, and let's do a 2-for-1? You come here twice, we'll work in a smaller fee, and we'll play in New Orleans. You're eventually going to recruit New Orleans. Tulane has a pretty nice stadium Uptown now. It's a mini-bowl. $2 million.

BC: I don't see the end game here, entirely. I get the general purpose. When we talk about how the Power Five will separate itself one day, and others point out they'll still need to win games to avoid going 4-8, this does remind you of the value of winnable home games on the schedule.

SG: Is Tulane a winnable home game?

BC: It's going to be harder in 2019, but Auburn will be a favorite. It's not a lock though.

I guess you could say this is the circle of life. The budget is now going to G5 teams who will use the money to pay FCS teams and it drops down.

Looking at the Buy Games

I'll embed the audio for the show below, but yeah, it does seem pretty crazy to see SEC teams pay this kind of money for their "buy games" nowadays.

In the immediate future, this seems to be an aspect of College Football that Troy Dannen intends to use to his advantage (see: Ohio State this season, Auburn next year).

The Buckeyes are getting the better deal, as they'll be paying a meager $1.5M to play the Green Wave this season.

But in all seriousness, it looks like we'll have one of these revenue-driving games in years when there is no marquee series game scheduled for the near future.

On the flip side, the programs who have opted for series with Tulane: Oklahoma (Game One played last year with one trip to NOLA), Ole Miss (3 game series, Rebs come to Yulman in 2023), and Kansas State (with a trip to NOLA in 2024).

Also, shout out to PAPN for acknowledging that the Fritz War Machine could be running and make things interesting for the Tigers, who I might I add have an all-time losing record against the mighty Wave:

The dream of getting paid $2M to continue that tradition is alive...

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