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Tulane’s starting kicker last three years no longer on team

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A long-time presence on Tulane’s special teams is all of a sudden no longer present.

By way of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, head coach Willie Fritz confirmed that Andrew DiRocco is no longer a part of his Green Wave football team. No reason for the placekicker’s departure from the football program was given.

DiRocco still has eligibility remaining and could choose the graduate transfer route if he wants to continue playing collegiately. Just what his next steps are football-wise are unclear.

“He’s going to be graduating in the summer and it was a good move for him. We’re excited for him,” the head coach, whose Green Wave kicked off spring practice yesterday, said.

The past three seasons, DiRocco connected on 27-41 field goal attempts (65.9 percent) and 83-87 extra points (95.4 percent). Only one other kicker (Randy Harvey) attempted an extra point in that span, and no one other than DiRocco tried a field goal during that same time.

Harvey, a sophomore, is still on the Green Wave’s roster, and will compete with sophomore Zachary Block and freshman Merek Glover to replace DiRocco.

Auburn adds Tulane to 2019 schedule

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A pair of old SEC rivals are set to revive their series.

Friday afternoon, Tulane announced that it has reached an agreement to play Auburn during the 2019 season.  The one-off game will be played Sept. 7 of that year at, of course, Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn.

The two teams have met 37 times previously, with 22 of those contests counting as conference matchups as both were members of the SEC (the Green Wave was a member from 1932-66).  The first meeting occurred in 1902 with the last coming in 2006.  The Green Wave holds a 17-14-6 advantage in the all-time series.

This is the second non-conference game for the 2019 season that Auburn has announced.  AU will also face Oregon in Arlington to open that season.

In addition to playing at Auburn, Tulane will host Florida International (Aug. 31) and FCS Missouri State (Sept. 14) as part of its 2019 non-conference schedule while also playing Army (Oct. 5).

Houston reportedly hires former Tulane coach Chris Scelfo as new offensive line coach

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One day before the Atlanta Falcons play in Super Bowl LI in Houston, a former assistant is expected to get a job in the same city.

According to the Houston Chronicle, ex-Falcons tight ends coach Chris Scelfo has been hired by Major Applewhite to coach the offensive line for the Cougars.

Scelfo most notably was the head coach at Tulane from 1998-2006, winning two bowl games with the Green Wave but otherwise posting a lackluster 37–57 record.

Independents and Group of Five National Signing Day Recap: Irish bounce back, Memphis tops AAC

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Outside of the Power Five conferences, recruiting went about as expected in 2017.

Notre Dame continued to pound the national trail and landed a top 12 class full of players who will be expected to play early. BYU managed another impressive group that was one of the most diverse out there. The schools with a talent-rich backyard to draw on did well in the AAC.  Boise State was once again tops in the Mountain West and did better than a few peers in the region. And yes, Lane Kiffin earned that recruiting reputation by pulling in the best class of Conference USA.

Though there wasn’t much drama outside the top schools, there nevertheless was plenty of action for many programs on National Signing Day.

Top recruits (all rankings via 247Sports Composite): No. 67 overall Brock Wright (TE, Notre Dame), No. 154 overall Chaz Ah You (DB, BYU), Aisa Kelemete (DE, Boise State), Nick Robinson (TE, Memphis), Nicholas Sims (RB, Toledo)

Top classes: Notre Dame (No. 11 overall), Memphis (No. 58 overall), Boise State (No. 60 overall), BYU (No. 65 overall), Florida Atlantic (No. 71 overall), Toledo (No. 74 overall), Texas State (No. 87 overall)

Biggest storyline: Irish still land solid recruiting class

Despite the worst season in South Bend since Charlie Weis and a nearly brand new coaching staff, Notre Dame still managed to cobble together a top 12 class on Signing Day. Tight end Brock Wright was the highest rated player and should see early playing time but the number of quality offensive linemen was really evident in the group Brian Kelly signed. Will it be enough to help with a big turnaround? We’ll see.

Biggest surprise: Memphis runs away with things in the AAC but new coaches still fared well

Given all the turnover in the American this year, it should probably come as no surprise that the Tigers pulled the top recruiting class in the conference. That’s a testament to what Mike Norvell is building with the program and the fact that they don’t have to go far for players. Many of the same factors played a role in Scott Frost landing the second-best class at UCF. It was also pretty impressive what Luke Fickell did on the recruiting trail at Cincinnati and Charlie Strong did at USF given those two didn’t have a ton of time to get things lined up.

Don’t sleep on: Boise State, Colorado State

The Broncos were once again the class of the Mountain West on the recruiting trail and fended off several Pac-12 schools for prospects. That will put them firmly in the mix to win the league again in 2017 but don’t overlook another good job by Mike Bobo and staff at Colorado State in landing 17 three-star players.

We’ll see about: Everybody else

Ex-Texas Tech RB Corey Dauphine confirms transfer to Tulane

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Eight weeks after leaving Texas Tech, Corey Dauphine has found a new college football home.

On his personal Twitter account Wednesday night, Dauphine (pictured, No. 21) confirmed that he will continue his collegiate playing career at Tulane.  The running back will have to sit out the 2017 season to satisfy NCAA transfer bylaws.

In 2018, Dauphine would then see the field for the first of his two remaining seasons of eligibility.

A four-star 2015 recruit, Dauphine was rated as the No. 18 running back in the country and the No. 31 player at any position in the state of Texas. He was the highest-rated Red Raider recruit on the offensive side of the ball.

Dauphine chose Tech over offers from, among others, Baylor, Florida, Michigan, TCU, Tennessee and Texas A&M.

After taking a redshirt as a true freshman, Dauphine had two carries for 25 yards and a touchdown in 2016. He appeared in a total of three games.