Tulane Football hired Curtis Johnson earlier this year and announced plans for a new on campus stadium. A lot of positive energy was happening uptown New Orleans for a program that has had a number of down years.
Unfortunately, reports out of New Orleans say the plans for the stadium hit a snag today.
Here's the short summary as we understand it.
First, it would be a tremendous boost to the program if they were to be able to build a new stadium on campus; and it was our understanding that they had already received commitments for most of the money necessary to fund the new stadium.
Fairly recently, the city council began considering a new motion that would make it more challenging for Tulane, or theoretically anyone else looking to build a stadium in a residential part of the city, to gain the necessary approvals to do so.
There was a meeting today at which the University President, athletic administration, football and basketball staff and hundreds of local supports voiced their opposition to the proposed motion; but apparently their pleas were unsuccessful as the motion was passed 4-2.
Hard for us to tell if this effectively kills the project or simply delays it; but here's part of what WWLTV.com reported:
The ordinance prohibits "the construction or expansion to existing structures of any building or facility within college and university campuses that will result in a building or facility in excess of 250,000 square feet of gross floor area and will cover a footprint of more than 50,000 square feet within any residential zoning district..."
After the vote, Tulane President Scott Cowen called this "another hurdle"; but Todd Graffagnini, the "Voice of Tulane Athletics" (and a very good guy) went off on twitter saying, "embarrassed and ashamed to be a New Orleanian today" and "My blood is literally starting to boil right now."
Clearly a setback for Tulane and new head coach Curtis Johnson. Hopefully, just a speed bump though, they need this.