Tough Times for Tulane, AU's Homecoming Foe

Tommy Tuberville talks about Auburn's next opponent, the Tulane Green Wave.

Auburn, Ala.--It's not easy being green.

For Auburn's homecoming opponent, Tulane University, it has been a rough stretch trying to compete in challenging world of Division I football.

Last fall, with its campus closed and the city of New Orleans a disaster area, the Green Wave football team set up shop in northern Louisiana and played 11 games in 11 different stadiums. The result was a 2-9 season for Coach Chris Scelfo's team.

Tulane's students and staff are back home on their New Orleans campus, but the 2006 season has still been a struggle. Despite a 32-29 victory over SEC member Mississippi State in week two, the Greenies come to Jordan-Hare Stadium a huge underdog with a 2-4 record that includes a 49-7 beat down at LSU.

"They are a team that has had, obviously, some problems over the last 16-17 months with Hurricane Katrina," Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville says. "Chris Scelfo is a good friend of mine, the head coach at Tulane.

"We have talked several times about the problems that they have had and the things they have gone through without spring practice. It is very tough to have a summer workout program when most of the players are not on campus. They are just excited about being back and playing and competing, and I think they have done an excellent job with what they have had to work with--no home games over the last year.

"I think the coaching staff and the players there have done a great job. We have not played them since 1955. It's been a long time since Auburn and Tulane have played. It's kind of a renewed rivalry. I think we have played something around 35 times before that."

Tulane owns a 17-13-6 lead in the series and is 1-0 in games played in Auburn.

"Tulane brings in a defense that is very similar to ours," Tuberville says. "It will be a lot of carryover to what we have seen the last few weeks. They bring an offense is that is pretty much what we saw last week against Florida--one back, shotgun offense, no huddle, very quick place, throw the ball down the field and throw it a lot of times.

"They do a very good job," Tuberville adds. "They have a quarterback (Lester Richard) who has a lot of numbers with a very good completion percentage. It will be a good challenge for our entire team. As we always do, we want to continue to work on what we feel is going to make us better each week.

"We are looking forward to Tulane coming here and having a homecoming with a lot of people coming back to Auburn. Hopefully, it is not the first time in a while, but if it is we will welcome them all back and hopefully have a good day."

Kickoff time for the game is 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. There is no television coverage and tickets are available as the 6-1 Tigers play their third non-conference opponent this season.

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