MAY 07, 2018
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:
Sources: Alabama adds 2022 home game w/Utah State. Bama will pay Aggies $1.91 million, 3rd highest amount ever for a visiting team. Florida paid Colorado State $2M (as part of McElwain buyout) for 2018 game & Auburn paid Tulane $1.937M for 2019 game— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) May 2, 2018
PAPN decided to discuss it, and I thought I'd transcribe their comments here.
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.
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.
After seeing terms of Tulane-Ohio State, can confirm Wave will pocket exactly $1.5M, no contractual conditions for matchups beyond 2018.— Fear the Wave (@FearTheWaveBlog) June 8, 2016
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:
This seems like a good time to remind the world that Tulane has an all-time 17-14-6 record against Auburn and will get paid almost $2M to try and make that 18. https://t.co/BkIuLXLYL0— Fear the Wave (@FearTheWaveBlog) May 2, 2018
The dream of getting paid $2M to continue that tradition is alive...
MARCH 08, 2018
The 2018 Tulane Green Wave AAC Tournament campaign begins tonight at 6 PM against the Temple Owls in Orlando, Florida live on ESPNU.
I will say the odds of Tulane winning this tournament are slim; however, I refuse to rule it out. Just earlier this week, 8th-seeded Cleveland St. made it all the way to their conference championship in the Horizon. It is March. Anything can happen.
That being said, if the Green Wave are going to pull off this miracle they’re going to have to take the tournament game-by-game and that all begins tonight against 7th-seeded Temple. What do the Green Wave need to do to win tonight?
Cam Reynolds is the only senior on Tulane’s roster; but don’t forget that this tournament (sadly) may be the last we see of Melvin Frazier in a Green Wave uniform as he has his eyes set on the NBA. Tulane went 1-1 against Temple this year in the two prior times they’ve met up.
In the game they won, Frazier scored 25 points on 9/13 shooting as well as having 7 assists. In the game the Green Wave lost to the Owls: Frazier played just 4 minutes before getting injured. Put the ball in Frazier’s hands early and let the offense flow through him.
Recently, the Green Wave have struggled offensively with remaining disciplined and not just forcing up contested, low-percentage three point shots. There’s a couple reasons for this. One is that I think the great success they had early season with the 3-point shot instilled a confidence within them to take those shots.
Having confidence to shoot threes isn’t a bad thing, just not when they’re not open. Another potential reason is that the Green Wave have struggled in dealing with zone defense. If the Green Wave want to not only beat Temple, but really put together a run in this tournament, they need to let driving to the hoop create open 3-point shots for themselves, not the other way around.
On the other end of the floor, the Green Wave need to ensure that they are staying attentive and disciplined on perimeter defense. Over the past-few games there have been a few defensive lapses on that have led to easy 3-point shots for the opposing team. Tulane can not let that sort of play happen if they expect to make a run in Orlando.
Furthermore, applying this concept to the upcoming Temple game in specific: in the game that Tulane defeated Temple, Temple shot just 19% from behind the arc. In the game where Temple defeated Tulane, the Owls shot 48% from deep, nearly a 30% difference from the first matchup.
Is a run in this tournament likely? Again, probably not but let’s not rule it out. Furthermore this may be the last chance to watch two players who we can really be proud of to have as Green Wave alumni: Cam Reynolds, a member of the Green Wave 1000 point club, and Melvin Frazier, who is looking to be the first Green Wave NBA 1st round draft pick ever. There’s a lot to be proud of with these two regardless of the result this week. That being said, let’s go beat those Owls. Roll Wave.
FEBRUARY 07, 2018
After adding 22 signees during the first-ever early signing period in December, the Green Wave was focused on finding the last few pieces of its 2018 class.
Today, the Wave added three prospects, including two new signing day commitments. Here's the breakdown of what just happened.
The Wave got off to a tremendous start when 3-star DT Alfred Thomas announced his signing:
Thomas ranked as the #19 prospect in Alabama, according to 247, as well the #47 DT in the country.
He had earned offers from many P5s, and the Wave held off a late run by conference rival Memphis for the prospect from Montgomery, AL.
Next up, recent commit Keitha Jones, who had previously committed to SMU, made it official by signing with the Wave.
This ATH from Port Arthur, TX hails from the same high school as incoming transfer running back Corey Dauphine.
Of note, while he played several positions in HS and was classified by the recruiting services as an athlete, he will project to play LB at Tulane.
Finally, we expected one more signing today, and it came from La'Dedric Jackson also out of Montgomery, AL:
This 3-star prospect also attracted a lot of offers on the recruiting trail and ranks as the #30 Alabama recruit, according to 247.
A former Mizzou commit, Jackson will fill a need position on the D's depth chart as the second LB to sign in this class alongside Jones.
The dust certainly hasn't settled yet, but what is clear is that Coach Fritz and his staff have made an impressive step forward in the recruiting game.
When it's all said and done, the Wave's class will rank as one of the AAC's best for the first time ever.
As an early indicator as 247 hasn't been updated yet: their class calculator would place Tulane around #67 with the new additions. That would certainly be good for our best class during the recruiting rankings era, and I expect us to finish around there.
Of note, with the additions today, DC Jack Curtis will have a very promising core group to work with for his defensive front.
Man, I keep looking at this. Here's the DL group with their national position ranks according to 247.— it's #Fritzmas (@FearTheWaveBlog) February 7, 2018
DT Jeffery Johnson - #39
DT Alfred Thomas - #47
DE Juan Monjarres - #50
DE Carlos Hatcher - #88
DT Jamiran James - #102
DT Davon Wright - #132
Merry Fritzmas to all. On to the offseason.
JANUARY 30, 2018
At the moment, Coach Fritz and his staff are not only closing out one of Tulane's best recruiting classes in history; they are also teeing up the 2019 class.
Over the past weekend, Tulane Football hosted its Junior Day, so here's a briefing on 2019 prospects who hold a Green Wave offer and made the trip.
I'll not that this list isn't all-inclusive, as Tulane saw a lot of additional talent come to Uptown to check out the program (including some intriguing 2020 names).
Editor's note -- sorry for the wait. Our site was down with technical issues over the weekend, as you may have seen.
Jacob Bernard - Lakeshore, LA | WR (Offer)
Greg Brooks - West Jefferson, LA | DB (Offer)
Ishmael Burdine - Slidell, LA | DB (Offer)
Bertrand Carrell - Madison Prep, LA | DB (Offer)
Donald Clay - Curtis, LA | DB (Offer)
Bryton Constantin - University Lab, LA | LB (Offer)
Dylan Rathcke - University Lab, LA | LB (Offer)
Mike Hollins University Lab, LA | RB (Offer)
Gerron Duhon - Sam Houston, LA | WR (Offer)
Jha’Quan Jackson - Hahnville, LA | ATH (Offer)
Great at Tulane junior day💚💙🌊 pic.twitter.com/01aTgjWx9f— quann4️⃣ (@_Quann4) January 28, 2018
Chester Kimbraugh - Easton, LA | DB (Offer)
Lance Legendre - Easton, LA | QB (Offer)
Brandon Legendre - Ed White, LA | RB (Offer)
BJ Lockhart - Walker High, LA | DB (Offer)
Khi Matheiu - St. Aug, LA | WR (2020 - Offer)
Tulane junior day !! 😎 pic.twitter.com/VIZl4t5Wst— Khi Mathieu (@_KhiMathieu) January 27, 2018
Jarius Monroe - East St. John, LA | DB (Offer)
John Plumlee - Oak Grove, MS | QB (Offer)
Jaquelin Roy - University Lab, LA | DL (2020 Offer)
Quintin Torbor - Destrehan, LA | WR (Offer)
Tyrone Lewis - Hammond, LA | DB (Offer)
Travis Mumphrey - Ehret, LA | QB
Jamel Cooley - Carver, LA | LB
JANUARY 30, 2018
Last night on Twitter, Keitha Jones - a consensus 3-star according to 247 - announced that he would decommit from conference foe SMU and instead take his talents to Uptown.
Jones made a visit to Tulane this month, and he ultimately was swayed to join the Wave over the Mustangs.
We've been told that he projects as a linebacker, though other schools recruited Jones as a wide receiver or safety (and he played quarterback in high school).
Notably, he joins Tulane from his Memorial program in Port Athur, TX, where Texas Tech transfer Corey Dauphine also played his high school ball.
Jones became the 24th commitment (after 22 signees in December) for Tulane's 2018 recruiting class. That group currently ranks as the 4th best in the AAC and 71st in the country, according to 247.
Per tradition, this announcement has been Roll Wave'd by Coach Fritz.
Here's Keitha working through WR drills at a Rivals camp last spring: