University of Tulsa Announces OU Football Games, Basketball in Canada

The University of Tulsa has been full of exciting news as the 2008-09 athletic season approaches.

TU and the University of Oklahoma have agreed to a new three-year contract for football, jointly announced by Tulsa Athletics Director Bubba Cunningham and OU Athletics Director Joe Castiglione.

The new three-year series will begin in 2013 and continue in subsequent years. The Golden Hurricane will visit Norman on Sept. 14, 2013 and Sept. 26, 2015, while the Sooners will visit H.A. Chapman Stadium on Sept. 20, 2014.

“Obviously, this is a series that is good for both universities. It’s a game that benefits both schools and provides fans another opportunity to see their teams play a non-conference game without leaving the state of Oklahoma,” says Cunningham.

There are two more years remaining on the current TU-OU contract, as the Hurricane returns its home game from the 2007 campaign to Norman in 2009 and 2011.

In addition, the University of Tulsa basketball team will take a preseason trip to Vancouver, Canada for an exhibition tour in late August, where the Golden Hurricane will play three games in two days.

On Saturday, Aug. 30, TU plays the University of British Columbia in a 1 p.m. (Pacific Time) contest at War Memorial Gymnasium in Vancouver. The team then turns around for a 7 p.m. (PT) contest against Trinity Western University.

A day later, Tulsa will play the University College of the Fraser Valley at the Envision Athletics Center at 1 p.m. (PT). TU players will depart for Canada on Friday, Aug. 29, and return Monday, Sept. 1.

“It’s a good time for the Canadian trip in that we have a lot of returning experience, but we also have five newcomers. We have some new guys that will play key roles for us, in particular Adrian Hernandez at the point position, and of course, trying to replace Calvin Walls, at the power forward,” says Head Coach Doug Wojcik. “It’s a perfect time for us to go and get some extra practices, game experience with this new group, and it also allows the team time to bond and unify.”

The Hurricane posted a 25-14 record last year, advanced to the championship game of the Conference USA Tournament against No. 2-ranked Memphis and won the inaugural College Basketball Invitational in the post-season by winning a best-of-three series against Bradley, 2-1.

For the foreign tour, Tulsa will be allowed formal team practice sessions for a maximum of 10 days prior to departure. The Hurricane will practice three days in July with the returning players only, as NCAA rules do not allow newcomers to participate in formal practice activities until classes begin. The team will then practice for five straight days in August, beginning on Aug. 25, before leaving for Vancouver.

Updated 07-21-2008

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