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The Tulane Green Wave football team represents Tulane University in the sport of American football. The Green Wave compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) as a member of the West Division of Conference USA (C-USA).
The football team is currently coached by Curtis Johnson and plays its home games off-campus in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. In 2011, Tulane announced it would build a new on-campus stadium in time for the 2014 season. On July 1, 2014, Tulane will leave Conference USA and join the American Athletic Conference in all sports.
Tulane's earliest athletic traditions are tied to its football team. Football was introduced to Tulane by Hugh and Thomas Bayne, who played the game at Yale University. The first organized game was played on New Year's Day in 1890 by dividing students into two teams, and this became the first football game in New Orleans or Louisiana. Tulane began playing intercollegiate football in 1893, and hitting its stride in 1900 with a perfect 5–0 season, in which the Olive and Blue beat the Southern Athletic Club, Alabama, Millsaps, LSU, and Ole Miss. In a 1912 game against Southwestern Louisiana, Tulane set records of 15 rushing touchdowns and 95 points that still stand today. In 1925 the Green Wave again went undefeated, shutting out 6 out of 10 opponents, with only a tie against Missouri to blemish its record. The administration declined a Rose Bowl invitation at the end of that season, however, in order to keep their student-athletes in class.