Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

MARSHALL FOOTBALL - STRANGEST GAMES COUNTDOWN: NO. 11 Herd, Tulane Displaced by Hurricane Katrina in '05

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

MARSHALL FOOTBALL - STRANGEST GAMES COUNTDOWN: NO. 11 Herd, Tulane Displaced by Hurricane Katrina in '05

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Marshalls strangest games Doug Smock is counting down the 12 most memorable Herd football games he has covered during his 14 years on the beat: * No. 12: Nov. 10, 2007 Marshall 26, East Carolina 7 (Most outmanned MU team of century dominates Pirates and Chris Johnson, knocks them out of division title) * No. 11: Oct. 29, 2005 Marshall 27, Tulane 26 (Game moved to Mobile, Alabama because of Hurricane Katrina)

The first memory of the 2005 season that sticks with me was driving home from the office at midnight in late August and hearing the following news on radio: "Hurricane Katrina has passed Florida, and is expected to turn north in the 90-degree waters of the Gulf of Mexico. My reaction: "Oh, [bleep].

Just that quickly, I had this bad hunch about Katrina pummeling New Orleans, and Marshall was scheduled to play at Tulane in late October. I couldn't pry myself from The Weather Channel, and the National Weather Service eventually sent out the grimmest pre-storm statement ever known.

("The Bulletin, as it is known, is easy to find online. Just search for "human suffering incredible by modern standards.)

Tulane and Southern Mississippi were to play in Hattiesburg on Sunday, Sept. 4 in the newly realigned Conference USA's first league game. I predicted a postponement the previous Monday, but that didn't take a genius.

What I couldn't predict was that Gazette sports editor Mitch Vingle and I would be in Mobile, Alabama, in late October instead of the Superdome. Heck, I briefly thought New Orleans escaped the brunt of storm - until the levees and all assorted hell broke loose.

With much of their campus submerged, almost all people associated with Tulane scattered across America. Students took classes at hundreds of colleges, and the athletic teams set up shop at four different universities.

The Green Wave football team relocated to Louisiana Tech, but played their home games in six different cities - Shreveport, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Ruston, Monroe and Mobile. …

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