Today’s post follows in the same foot steps from yesterdays dealing with a team that departed the SEC decades ago. Yesterday we focused on the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, today is all about the Tulane Green Wave. The Green Wave located in New Orleans, Louisiana actually has a proud history that not many know about. The last team in the state of Louisiana to go undefeated was not LSU, but actually Tulane in 1998. It might shock you to walk into Tulane’s trophy room, and see claims of three SEC Championships. So let’s look into greater detail of Tulane and its SEC past.
Looking at the image above, as it stands Tulane is tied with a combined seven SEC teams, for total SEC championships. Granted Texas A&M, and Missouri have only been in the league since 2012, but it is still fact. Tulane still has more SEC Championships than three charter members it joined the conference with (Kentucky, Vanderbilt, and Mississippi State).
Tulane: Joined the SEC in 1932 and departed in 1966
Mississippi State: Joined Conference 1932
Vanderbilt: Joined Conference 1932
Kentucky: Joined Conference 1932
South Carolina: Joined Conference 1991
Arkansas: Joined Conference 1991
Texas A&M: Joined Conference 2012
Missouri: Joined Conference 2012
The question is will any of these teams catch Tulane’s SEC championship count in the recent future? The answer will depend on how long Alabama plans to have a strangle hold on the SEC, which has lasted since 2008.
Later on in the summer for both Georgia Tech and Tulane we will have a more detailed article on why both ended up leaving the SEC. Both have not been in the conference in decades but they have left their timeless impact forever.