UPDATE 01/25 12:25 AM - Tulane has announced the series is back on, per the GTAA Twitter. The game will be played in the Superdome if Tulane's stadium is not finished in time. Everyone, including GT Athletics I'm sure, is currently wondering why that plan wasn't obvious to Tulane in the first place. - Nate
In some weird Friday news, Georgia Tech will be altering its fall football schedule two days after it was announced Wednesday. Their September 6th opponent, the Tulane Green Wave, has backed out of the four-game series it had planned with Georgia Tech, with the reported reason being that their new stadium will not be complete on time to play this year's game. Why it is that they wanted to cancel the entire series is unclear.
For more info, see Georgia Tech's media release below.
THE FLATS - Tulane, which was scheduled to host Georgia Tech the second Saturday of the 2014 football season, opted out of its four-game agreement with the Yellow Jackets.
Construction on the Green Wave's new $55 million facility, Yulman Stadium, may not be completed as expected by Sept. 6 when Tulane was scheduled to host Tech. After mutual consideration, the schools could not find a later date to move the game.
"We are extremely disappointed that Tulane has decided to cancel the four-game series with Georgia Tech, beginning with our game in New Orleans next fall," Yellow Jacket senior associate athletic director Ryan Bamford said. "The timing of Tulane's decision (after the ACC schedule was released earlier this week) is especially tough for us."
Tulane exercised the cancellation provision in the contract, which included a cancellation fee. The original contract was signed in 2007 for games to be played in the 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2019 seasons.
Georgia Tech, which began immediate discussions with potential replacements, expects to announce the opponent as early as next week.
"While this news comes very late in the scheduling calendar, we will do everything in our power to get a quality replacement for the upcoming season."
In other news concerning the 2014 schedule, special events have been added to three home games. The Sept. 13 Georgia Southern game will be Family Weekend and Legislative Day. The Oct. 11 Duke game will mark Hall of Fame Weekend, and the Nov. 1 Virginia game will serve as Homecoming.
The news is especially disappointing for me and many other Georgia Tech alumni on the Gulf Coast, as this would have been a popular game to attend due to proximity. The new schedule reads as follows:
|--||Pro Day||Atlanta, GA||--|
|4/18/2014||Spring Football Game (Tentative)||Atlanta, GA||--|
|--||Fan Day||Atlanta, GA||--|
|8/30/2014||Wofford (FCS)||Atlanta, GA||--|
|9/6/2014||Tulane||New Orleans, LA||--|
|9/13/2014||Georgia Southern (Family Weekend)||Atlanta, GA||--|
|9/20/2014||Virginia Tech||Blacksburg, VA||--|
|10/11/2014||Duke (Hall of Fame Weekend)||Atlanta, GA||--|
|10/18/2014||North Carolina||Chapel Hill, NC||--|
|11/1/2014||Virginia (Homecoming)||Atlanta, GA||--|
|11/8/2014||NC State||Raleigh, NC||--|
|11/29/2014||uga bulldogs||Athens, GA||--|
|12/6/2014||ACC Championship Game||Charlotte, NC||--|
Disappointed we're dropping this game? Who would you want to replace Tulane with?