Halfway through the 2022-23 football season, local media outlets were descending on Tulane University’s uptown campus. Reporters wanted to capture the flavor of a jubilant student body celebrating the Green Wave’s 6-1 record and 25th ranking in the Associated Press college football poll.
The Wave would continue to move up in the polls on its way to capturing the American Athletic Conference title and a stunning win against the 10th-ranked USC Trojans — and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Caleb Williams — in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl. It wasn’t long before students were proudly donning T-shirts emblazoned with the words “Football School,” “Bowl Wave” and “Title Wave.”
Green Wave football was the talk of the college sports world, but it wasn’t alone in its glory. The team’s winning ways spread throughout Tulane Athletics, creating a fervor on campus not seen in decades. When the 17-7 men’s basketball team was preparing to host the top-ranked Houston Cougars, students waited in line for hours leading up to the sold-out, nationally televised game. And though the Greenies lost that one, Coach Ron Hunter led the Wave to its first 20-win regular season since the 1999-2000 season, including 12 conference wins, the most since the 1947-48 season. Tulane baseball shocked the college baseball world by winning the American Athletic Conference championship and earning a bid to the NCAA regionals.