Tulane Green Wave

NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 03:  Devon Breaux #8 of the Tulane Green Wave catches a touchdown pass over Jeremy McDuffie #9 of the Duke Blue Devils at Yulman Stadium on September 3, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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WR Devon Breaux returns to Tulane football after track sabbatical

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Back January, Devon Breaux announced that he was leaving the Tulane football team to concentrate on running track for the Green Wave.  Three months later?  Never mind.

Citing a university source, the Baton Rouge Advocate has confirmed that Breaux has decided to return to the Tulane football team in the fall.  On his Facebook page Monday, the wide receiver confirmed to friends that he’s returning to the sport after updating his profile picture to one of him in a Green Wave football uniform.

Breaux also offered hints on his Twitter feed, which also (again) features him in helmet and shoulder pads.

The return of Breaux after a brief sabbatical will be a welcome one for first-year head coach Willie Fritz.

Breaux started 12 games during his time at Tulane, including eight this past season. He was second on the team in receiving yards (431) and third in receptions (25). His 17.2 yards per reception led the Green Wave, while his three receiving touchdowns were tied for second-most.

Willie Fritz completes first Tulane coaching staff

during the first half against the Georgia Southern Eagles at Sanford Stadium on November 21, 2015 in Athens, Georgia.
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With Willie Fritz set to embark on his first spring practice at Tulane, the first-year head coach has officially put the finishing touches on his first FBS coaching staff.

Sunday, Tulane announced in a press release that four on-field coaches have been hired by Fritz — Slade Nagle, Jamaal Fobbs, Jeff Conway and Chris Hampton. Nagle will coach tight ends, Fobbs will be the running backs coach, Conway will oversee the wide receivers and Hampton will coach defensive backs.

Three of the four assistants come to the Green Wave from the FCS level. The fourth, Conway, was the co-offensive coordinator/running backs coach/tight ends coach at Texas State for the last four years. Fritz and Conway also have a rather extensive connection that stretches back over three decades.

From the school’s release:

Fritz and Conway have a storied history together that dates back to 1984 when both were in their first stints at Sam Houston State. Since then, the two have worked together at Blinn Junior College, Central Missouri, a second time at Sam Houston State and will reunite at Tulane for the fifth time over the last 31 years.

Fritz was the head coach at Georgia Southern the last two seasons, guiding the Eagles to a 17-7 mark in 2014-15. Those were that program’s first two seasons at the FBS level.

Former Bucs QB Shaun King tweets he’s joined South Florida staff

6 Dec 1999: Shaun King #10 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers runs with the ball during the game against the Minnesota Vikings at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The Buccaneers defeated the Vikings 24-17.
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Shaun King has already made his mark on the Tampa Bay sports scene after serving as the Bucs’ quarterback from 1999-03, including a run to the NFC championship game as a starter in 1999 and a Super Bowl title as a back-up in 2012.

But now he’s back in the game, in an entirely different role.

King tweeted Tuesday morning he has joined Willie Taggart‘s staff at South Florida. Though the school has not yet announced the move, King’s bio lists himself as the Bulls’ quarterbacks coach.

After leaving the Bucs in 2003, King bounced spent time with the Arizona Cardinals, Detroit Lions and Indianapolis Colts before playing out his career in the CFL and Arena League.

He returned to the Tampa Bay area after his playing career was complete, working in philanthropic efforts while serving as an analyst for ESPN and Yahoo.

King inherits a quarterback room led by rising junior Quinton Flowers, who threw for 2,290 yards with 22 touchdowns while rushing for just south of 1,000 yards with a dozen scores, keying USF’s rise-from-the-dead 2015 season. King, of course, orchestrated an undefeated season while playing quarterback at Tulane.

Here’s hoping his Twitter account remains very un-coach like.

 

AAC releases 2016 conference schedule

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The American Athletic Conference released its 2016 conference schedule highlighted by, oddly enough, non-conference games that pit league gem Houston against Oklahoma (on opening day at Houston’s NRG Stadium) and Louisville (in Houston on Nov. 19).

Those two games, more than any others, will sink or swim the conference’s chances of not only grabbing the Group of Five spot in the New Year’s Six, but a spot in the College Football Playoff itself.

The 2016 conference slate kicks off with Navy meeting Connecticut on Sept. 10 and concludes with the second annual AAC title game on Dec. 3 at a to-be-determined campus site.

The AAC led the way in scheduling Power 5 opponents — highlighted by a Week 3 schedule that will see the entire East Division punching up a weight class — and includes the likes of Florida State, Maryland, N.C. State, Virginia, Syracuse, Kansas, TCU and Oklahoma (for all intents and purposes) visiting AAC campuses.

View the full AAC slate here:

 

Nebraska picks up Tulane transfer QB Tanner Lee

NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 03:  Tanner Lee #12 of the Tulane Green Wave throws under pressure from Duke Blue Devils at Yulman Stadium on September 3, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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More times than not, it seems, it’s a Group of Five program that’s the recipient of a Power Five transfer, especially when it comes to the quarterback position. This time around, though, the signal-calling script has been flipped.

On his personal Twitter account Saturday night, Tanner Lee announced that he has decided to continue his collegiate playing career at Nebraska.  This decision comes a little over three weeks after Lee announced his decision — on Twitter — to transfer from Tulane.

LSU had also been a consideration for Lee.

As it stands now, Lee would be forced to sit out the 2016 season if he lands at Nebraska — or any other FBS program for that matter — and would then have one season of eligibility left that he could use in 2017. However, Lee is reportedly seeking a sixth season of eligibility from the NCAA; if that’s granted, his playing window would extend through the 2018 season.

While at Tulane, Lee started 10 games as a redshirt freshman in 2014, then started nine more in 2015.  In those two seasons, he threw 23 touchdowns vs. 21 interceptions.  While it counts sack totals, Lee ran for minus-287 yards during his time with the Green Wave.