NEW ORLEANS - Tulane Athletic Director Rick Dickson said the Green Wave and Louisiana-Lafayette have agreed to a home-and-home football series.

Under the terms of the agreement, Tulane will visit the Ragin’ Cajuns in 2012, and Louisiana-Lafayette will play the Green Wave in New Orleans in 2016.

The two schools first played each other in football a century ago when Tulane beat the Cajuns 27-0 on Oct. 18, 1911, in New Orleans.

Tulane has won 21 of 25 meetings.

McNeese State

TAILBACKS IMPRESS: In Lake Charles, McNeese State’s workout in full pads featured some good running from the four tailbacks expected to have an impact on the offense this season.

Andre Anderson, Champlain Babin, Javaris Murray and Marcus Wiltz all had their moments in the closing minutes of practice.

“They are all four healthy,” said coach Matt Viator, “and have benefited from the fact that we have six tailbacks in camp. They’re getting a lot of work but they are not near as dead legged as you would expect after this long of camp.

“We have had the opportunity to work them hard and they’re getting more of a break than they have ever gotten. It was by designed to stay healthy there. Cross our fingers, so far it’s paid off for us.”

Also, Viator said senior offensive guard Miguel Gauthreaux will have surgery on his injured leg and “we will go from there.” Gauthreaux earned first team all-Southland Conference honors the past two seasons and was a preseason pick this year.

Northwestern State

DEPTH CHART DEVELOPING: In Natchitoches, the pecking order for Northwestern State is taking shape this week with the season opener Sept. 1 in Turpin Stadium nearly two weeks away.

The remaining six practices this week, including Saturday evening’s major scrimmage, will largely determine the team’s depth chart as the Demons ready for Delta State’s visit for a Thursday night opener before the Labor Day weekend.

“We’ve had a first-rate two weeks,” coach Bradley Dale Peveto said. “This week we want to get to the next level. We’ve got to hone in on our depth chart, bring some backups along and resolve the battles for starting jobs. We have most of our installation done, now we want to polish what we’re doing, perfect techniques, alignments and assignments.”


WARHAWKS MOVING FORWARD WITH PREPARATION: In Monroe, the Warhawks returned to the grass practice fields for a two-hour, full-pad practice session on Tuesday afternoon. Players were on the field for the second time, following a 45-minute morning walk-through.

This was the fourth day the Warhawks have been able to hold two-a-day sessions during preseason camp, per NCAA rules. Practice is set 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, with the afternoon workout to follow at 4:30 p.m.