Tulane football unveils SEC helmet sticker, brings back 'Greenie' mascot ahead of Ole Miss game
Is Tulane trolling Ole Miss? Or is the Green Wave reminiscing about its days in the SEC?
The Green Wave's football Twitter account posted a photo Tuesday evening of a helmet spotlighting a helmet sticker that says "SEC CHAMPS 34 39 49."
The tweet was punctuated with the hashtag #RollWave.
The sticker references Tulane's three Southeastern Conference championships in 1934, 1939 and 1949.
The Tulane football Twitter account also shared a video Thursday announcing it would bring back Greenie, the school's old mascot from its SEC days, in a helmet design.
"This Saturday we are stepping back in time to our days in the SEC. Welcome back, Greenie!" the tweet said.
Greenie, the name of Tulane's football team at the time, was created by cartoonist John Chase in 1945, according to the university. Greenie was known for being mischievous against its opponents.
\Tulane (1-1) was a member of the SEC from 1922-65 before going independent from 1966-95. The program was a part of Conference USA from 1996-2014 before joining the American Athletic Conference.
On Monday, Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin said Tulane "is an SEC team."
"I told our team today if you don't know about conferences and you just watch film and watch them play, you think this is an SEC opponent," Kiffin said Monday.
Could this be a nod to SEC expansion?
Interestingly enough, former SEC Commissioner Harvey Schiller said Tulane was at the forefront of expansion from 10 to 12 schools in 1989.
“How did the whole expansion start? Actually, the conference had been contacted by some former members, like Tulane,” Schiller said. “And a couple of other schools contacted me and said, ‘Have you thought about bringing us into the conference?’ I started talking to the presidents about the chances of enlarging the conference for a variety of reasons, including territories, TV and so forth.”
Expansion didn't happen until Roy Kramer took over as commissioner, when the SEC added Arkansas and South Carolina to its roster of 10 member schools.
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But during Schiller's tenure, Tulane was one of several schools that wanted back in the SEC, he said.
“We had interest from Virginia Tech, Florida State, Miami, Tulane, of course, Texas A&M, Texas and Arkansas, and maybe one or two others that I just don’t remember,” Schiller said.
Now, Texas and Oklahoma are next to join the conference in 2025 after announcing they would be leaving the Big 12.
Tulane is scheduled to face Ole Miss at 7 p.m. Saturday in Oxford. The Rebels lead the all-time series vs. the Green Wave 43-28, dating to 1893. Tulane's most recent matchup with Ole Miss on Sept. 22, 2012 ended with a 12-4 loss.
Daniella Medina is a digital producer for the USA TODAY Network. Follow her on Twitter @danimedinanews.