January 18, 2006
When the Tulane community evacuated New Orleans, President Scott Cowen asked the Green Wave athletics teams "to carry the torch, be the face and represent the name" of the university as they continued to compete.
Unprecedented agreements were forged with five Louisiana and Texas universities to host displaced Tulane teams, while the student-athletes enrolled in academic programs at each campus.
"Probably the most heartfelt feeling I've had since I've been in athletics was when I woke up [at Louisiana Tech] and knew that we had a semblance of normalcy back in our lives," said Tulane head football coach Chris Scelfo.
The football team played 11 weekly games at 11 different stadiums. Despite many off-the-field challenges, the team stuck together and claimed a pair of victories while suffering several narrow defeats.
The football team was presented the 2005 Courage Award by the Football Writers Association of America and the FedEx Orange Bowl, and earned the Disney Wide World of Sports Spirit Award.
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