State of Tech athletics address column
March 21, 2013
My fellow Louisiana Tech University Bulldog fans:
It has been an athletic year filled with many heartwarming underdog stories to give every Bulldog fan something to cheer about, but there were also heartbreaking ones the Bulldog nation could not explain.
In the time I have been an editor for the sports page, we have been blessed together to witness one of the greatest, yet agonizing, times in Bulldog athletics history.
We witnessed the rebirth of our football program after losing two vital members of the LA Tech family, Tyrone Duplessis and Tech XX, and watched as it was about to embark on it’s greatest accomplishment of all, a BCS bowl game. This is of course before we saw it fall like the Roman Empire after we did not accept any bowl game invitations and lost our head coach Sonny Dykes.
Our hardworking women’s soccer team built on its successes two years ago, but tried to go a step further and win the conference tournament. The 12-5-4 soccer team ultimately lost to Seattle University 2-1 in the first round.
Struggling bowling, tennis and volleyball teams continued their woes even after adding new faces with Jerry Miles, Freddy Gomez and Adriano de Souza, respectively, as their new head coaches.
Our basketball programs pulled the old switch-a-roo as the Bulldogs surprised the whole nation with an 18-game winning streak, and the Lady Techsters had an above average season to our standards. However, both lost in the WAC tournament, and the Bulldogs had to settle for a NIT tournament bid instead of the wishful thinking NCAA tournament.
Now, we are well under way in our baseball and softball teams’ schedules with both showing flashes of success, but continuing to struggle to find their own identities.
My fellow Bulldog fans, it has been a crazy rollercoaster ride as we wind up the rest of the 2012-13 athletic campaign.
Many of you may have questions as to what is the state of Tech athletics and what the future looks like.
I am here to tell you to start bracing yourself because we are in the beginning stages of starting a golden age here in Ruston. The nation will have to be ready for a storm raining blue and red.
We are now taking our talented and highly respected coaches and players to a more regional and nationally respected conference in Conference USA, where the competition is at a whole different level.
I know I am just a sports editor for the student newspaper and cannot actually make executive decisions. Speaking as a fan, however, I am excited to watch us enter a new era of Bulldog sports and what the outcome of the direction we will be heading.
No more heartbreaking finishes, disrespect or falling in the shadows of bigger schools. Instead of being laughed at, our five-year goal will be for teams to fear us and tremble when they see us next on their schedule.
There are some negatives we need to address, but they will soon be fixed and having the confidence and leadership to do so will only come with what we have.
No more heartbreaking finishes where our seasons feel like we left them with a bad taste in our mouth.
As the old saying goes, we have to take it one game at a time. In this case, take it one season at a time.
My fellow Bulldog Nation, it is one great time to bleed Tech blue and red. Let us show the nation who we are.