Ahead of his team’s upcoming matchup against Tulane this weekend, Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin referred to the Green Wave as an “SEC opponent.”
Tulane’s recent performances — a narrow 35-40 loss to No. 2 Oklahoma and a 69-20 routing of Morgan State — have shown the chops of an SEC-level program. But if you know anything about early college football history, you know that the Green Wave were once an actual SEC program — and a pretty great one at that.
As one of the flagship members of the SEC in 1932, Tulane went on to win conference titles in 1934, 1939 and 1949.
Seemingly in response to Kiffin’s recent SEC comments, this year’s 2021 team has a special helmet decal to commemorate those three championships.
— Tulane University Football (@GreenWaveFB) September 14, 2021
Ole Miss has claimed six SEC titles in its 115-year history, but each of those championships are nearly as old as Tulane’s. The Rebels most recent conference title came in 1963, just three years before the Green Wave left the SEC in 1966.
If you add up all of the SEC titles collected by Kentucky (2), Mississippi State (1), Arkansas (0), Missouri (0), South Carolina (0), Texas A&M (0) and Vanderbilt (0), it equals the three claimed by Tulane.
Coming off two blowout victories, No. 17 Ole Miss will be a tough task for the former SEC program.
The game will kickoff at 8:00 p.m. ET in Vaught Hemingway Stadium.