Tulane and Oklahoma agree to a three-game football series: Two in Norman, one in New Orleans _lowres

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Tulane wide receiver Alec Macias (44) yells as his teammates hit the field before the game against Southeastern Louisiana at Yulman Stadium in September.

Tulane’s football schedule received a jolt on Thursday.

The Green Wave formally announced a three-game series with Oklahoma, which includes a 2021 season-opening game at Yulman Stadium. The Green Wave will travel to Norman, Oklahoma, in 2017 and 2024 as part of the contract as well.

“We are excited to begin the series with the University of Oklahoma,” athletic director Rick Dickson said. “There were a lot of moving pieces required to put this together and I thank my good friend (OU Athletic Director) Joe Castiglione for working with us to ensure Oklahoma would come back to Yulman Stadium as soon as scheduling would allow.”

Yulman Stadium will also host Ole Miss in 2023 as part of a prolonged series between the schools — three games in New Orleans and two in Oxford, Mississippi — which began in 2010 and ends in 2025.

Tulane is also in talks with Massachusetts to add a football series, Green Wave executive associate athletic director Brandon MacNeill said, although nothing has been finalized at this time.

An open date exists on the 2016 schedule because Tulane canceled the final game of a seven-part series with Mississippi State, paying a $350,000 penalty to do so.

The Green Wave now has several future series in place, including: Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Duke, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Army and South Alabama.