Tulane Practice Rolls Into Tuscaloosa Due To Hurricane Ida
With Hurricane Ida decimating the city of New Orleans and most other parts of Louisiana, Tulane University was forced to evacuate 100% of its students, which meant the football facilities were shut down. With a season opener against No. 2 Oklahoma coming on Saturday, Tulane football was greeted with open arms into Tuscaloosa by the top-ranked Crimson Tide.
Alabama opened the doors to the practice facility for Tulane to use on Tuesday, and the Green Wave later thanked them, via Twitter.
This is not the first time that Tulane dealt with changes to their football schedule. The Wave’s week one matchup against Oklahoma was originally set to be a home game, but complications with Hurricane Ida relocated the game to Norman, Oklahoma, where the Sooners will host.
In addition, Tulane spent Sunday afternoon holding team meetings and film sessions in a hotel in Birmingham. The team spent Tuesday holding its practice at Legion Field in Birmingham before packing up for Tuscaloosa.
“We’re kind of just rolling with the punches right now," Tulane head coach Willie Fritz said Monday. "So even though we’re in a pretty prestigious university, this is a blue-collar football team so our guys are adapting well to whatever is thrown at them.”
Tulane’s athletic director, Troy Dannen also released a statement on Twitter stating, “The situation is not ideal, but we are prepared for a lot of “not ideal” as we make an effort to return from the impact of Ida. Resiliency has defined us in the past, and will do so in the future as well.”