tpstulane wrote: JerseyWave wrote: tpstulane wrote: JerseyWave wrote: jonathanjoseph wrote:
MicMan wrote:CMD was on SiriusXM Thursday and compared TU to Villanova and Duke, great private schools with excellent MBB programs, said he wants to build that here. Also reiterated in the search for players that he has contacts in Europe, Africa and South America as well as all the way to the Hall of Fame (!). He praised Devlin as a good facility with a home court advantage.
He has talked about creating a home court advantage at Fogelman. He has also, in every interview, talked about the Smoothie King Center and getting the program ready to play big time games there.
Carolina is scheduled to play us in New Orleans next fall. I really hope they play the game in Fogleman and fill the place to the rafters. If they move the game to the Smoothie Center then we are giving up any home court advantage we might have.
It was always at SK. It's not going to be at Fogelman. If NC wins the NC then next year you could see 7-10K at SK for that collegiate opener.
So basically our home game is being turned into a neutral site game instead. Big mistake in my opinion. I would rather have a packed, sold out Fogleman reminiscent of the Perry Clark glory days that Tulane hasn't experienced in two decades.
I agree. But teams of that statue are not going to agree to play us a home and home at 3,300 Fogelman. They just won't. Even LSU won't. That's why we'll have to give up something to get better non Conf teams to give us a home and home. If Fogelman was 6-8K that might not be an issue.
It's not unusual. If you remember we always played NC at the Superdome in basketball. We'd draw over 10K everytime.
If Tulane starts winning good teams will want home and home including Devlin. LSU? Who cares? Tulane's fate does not depend in any way, shape or form on whether it plays LSU. LSU stopped playing Tulane before SK was even built. Meanwhile if Sugar Bowl got back in the MBB business I could see more games in SK after UNC but not until then.
I know MD spoke about playing in SK but once he sees how Devlin is when it's packed he won't want to move either. SK and the Dome and Zephyr are all neutral sites. I could see us playing one-off "special package" games but not as return games for home and home contracts. Those will be on Tulane campus. Period.