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  1. Found this on the C-USA board and thought it was interesting. Nebraska is a team that used many transfers over the years. Senior safety Tre Neal and sophomore linebacker Breon Dixon are both transfers and figure to play this year. Even Scott Frost was a transfer. While Nebraska has capitalized on gaining transfers, they have also lost players to transfers. One of those came at the cost of an unfair loophole in the NCAA transfer rules. Redshirt freshman Tristan Gebbia was locked in a tight quarterbacks race with true freshman Adrian Martinez. After it was announced on the Sunday before the season opener that Martinez would be the starting quarterback, Gebbia took the backup role well and said he was going to keep fighting for the job. Those feelings changed quickly as he skipped practice Monday and later announced his intent to transfer. While it is not foreign for players to leave after losing a quarterback battle, it was strange at how late in the transfer process Gebbia left, since most schools had already closed enrollment for the year. The way the current transfer rule is laid out, a student who wants to transfer must sit out one academic year, meaning he or she must be enrolled at the university they wish to transfer to. Gebbia was released from scholarship on that Tuesday, one day after enrollment at Nebraska and other semesterly schools closed, meaning he could not enroll. If he wanted to go to one of the semesterly schools, he would have to enroll in the spring at that school and sit out for the spring and next fall seasons. He would then be ineligible for two football seasons and he would lose a year of eligibility. This is where quarterly schools enter the conversation. Quarterly schools are set up on a quarters basis as opposed to semesters and their enrollment deadline is later in the year. This means he would only have to sit out the standard one year that every transfer must sit out. There are six quarters schools that have Division I FBS programs: Louisiana Tech, Northwestern, Oregon, Oregon State, Stanford and UCLA. read more: http://www.dailynebraskan.com/sports/bov...8f939.html
  2. The mention starts at 4.28. https://bleedtechblue.podbean.com/e/season-10-episode-7/ Here's what was said... "North Texas, goes into Harrisburg, defeats Southern Miss. I'm not really sure what this says. Obviously, North Texas is better than they were a year ago. They barely squeak out a victory over LA Tech's opponent this week, UAB, last week. And then they go into Harrisburg after trailing at the half, and really dominate Southern Miss 26 to 7 in the second half. The piled up over 500 yards of total offense. So that was an interesting game to me..."
  3. NOTE: The North Texas football game against Louisiana Tech is being broadcast on Fox College Sports. This is a little trickier to find than some might think. I know for at least some providers, FCS is part of a sports package that has to be purchased. DirecTV will not sell it to most public establishments. Don't get caught assuming that you will be able to see it at home or at your usual watering hole! Now, if you want to see the game without travelling to Louisiana, Fuzzy's Taco Shop in Allen will have the game on their large screen TVs and will be playing the audio throughout the restaurant. Kickoff is Saturday, November 7th at 2:30pm. Fuzzy's is located at 790 W. Exchange Parkway, Suite 140 in Allen (NW corner of US75 and Exchange). Fuzzy's Taco Shop is a Mean Green Restaurant Partner. Visit the Facebook Event page for this event at https://www.facebook.com/events/1699867113566138/ GO MEAN GREEN!!
  4. One of my group of 4 bailed on us for the game this coming weekend, so I have an extra ticket. I'll sell it to you for face value ($20). Unfortunately, the ticket office said that due to past problems with shipping tickets, all tickets will be only available at will call. I plan to get there early for some tailgating at the Mean Green Club Tailgate. If you are interested in the ticket, PM me and we'll figure out how to get the ticket to you prior to the game in Ruston.
  5. Offensive OutlookSokol threw for 3,436 yards and 30 touchdowns as the field general for offensive coordinator Tony Peterson. Replacing Sokol is former Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel who transferred to Louisiana Tech to play his final season of college football after a disappointing career with the Gators. Driskel was a former top recruit who struggled with turnovers and staying healthy during his time in Gainesville, but the chance for a happy ending exists in this system that should be a welcome sight for Driskel after his offensive coaching staff at Florida was in a constant state of flux. Playing in a system that made Sokol so effective should allow for Driskel’s natural athleticism to shine and give him the chance he didn’t have at Florida to make plays. Granted, turnovers are his Achilles heel and his propensity to throw an ill-advised pass and penchant for the fumble will have to be monitored by Holtz and Peterson to make sure Driskel doesn’t put the team in a hole. Helping Driskel out on the offense is running back Kenneth Dixon who returns after rushing for a team-high 1,299 yards and 22 touchdowns. The 5-10, 212-pound rising senior had six, 100-yard games and six games with multiple rushing touchdowns as a junior. read more: http://saturdayblitz.com/2015/06/04/louisiana-tech-bulldogs-football-2015-season-preview/
  6. Tinker away, Louisiana Tech. Continue this painful transition on offense. The Bulldogs scuffled in the shift from Sonny Dykes' spread-based, pass-happy system to Skip Holtz's meat-and-potatoes style, falling to 112th nationally in scoring and tossing 15 interceptions – 10 more than in Dykes' final season despite making 85 fewer attempts. The shift in scheme hits into overdrive in 2014: Holtz wants more power-based, fullback-first, four-yards-on-first-down toughness; let's hope this doesn't turn into run-run-incomplete, the snake eyes of offensive play-calling. Begin anew on defense. The only defensive holdover from Holtz's debut staff is secondary coach and special teams coordinator Ronnie Bradford; this isn't surprising, given how Tech's secondary, an off-off-and-on strength last fall, has the makings of a terrific group in 2014. But check out the new guys: Manny Diaz as coordinator, Blake Baker with the safeties and Oscar Giles – that longtime Mack Brown assistant – along the defensive line. Corral all the help you can. Holtz signed JUCO stars at two positions of great need – offensive line, receiver – and went the transfer route at defensive end and quarterback, potentially providing a massive upgrade at each spot. Tinkering with the base product is one way to reverse last year's slide, the drop from nine wins and the Bowl Championship Series conversation – yes, those days did exist – to four wins, lingering in the lower portion of Conference USA. But will these change alone change Tech's trajectory? Read more: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2014/06/13/louisiana-tech-la-bulldogs-2014-countdown-preview-roster-depth-chart-schedule-football-four/10387441/
  7. RUSTON — When Louisiana Tech’s 2014 football schedule was officially released this month, the clamor could be heard across the I-20 corridor. Broken up into two parts, the second half of Tech’s season is a complete 180 from the first part, which might as well be dubbed “murderers’ row.” Tech opens the season against perennial Big 12 power Oklahoma, fresh off its thumping of Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, then, weeks later, travels to Auburn, an equally dangerous team that nearly won the national championship in January. Sandwiched in between is a trip to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the Conference USA opener at North Texas. The grueling start to the season even made its way into Manny Diaz’s press conference last week when he was introduced as defensive coordinator. “The opportunity to start out playing against Oklahoma will be a great challenge to our guys, and playing Auburn at Auburn,” Diaz said. “That’s an offense that I’ve gone up against, and that will be great for our guys. As a competitor, that’s what you want to do. You want to challenge yourself in those hostile environments.” Oh, and the Bulldogs do catch somewhat of a break when Northwestern State of the Football Championship Subdivision comes to Ruston in September, but that’s neither here nor there. Read more: http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20140220/SPORTS0203/302210001/Louisiana-Tech-balances-monetary-competitive-benefits-football-scheduling
  8. The days of cross-country travel for Louisiana Tech athletics are over after the Bulldogs left the Western Athletic Conference in favor of the more regional Conference USA. Student-athletes and fans rejoice about most games being in the same or adjacent time zone as opposed to the multiple time zone trips to the West Coast. But does fewer miles traveled mean more dollars in the Tech athletics budget? Yes and no, says Marie Gilbert, an associate athletics director and chief financial officer for Louisiana Tech. Gilbert said the football team is making the same number of chartered flights (five), as they did in 2012, but the shorter distance of those flights amounts to an estimated 10 percent savings in football travel expenses. (The trips) just arent to Hawaii and San Jose State, Gilbert said. Were still making three flights for conference games and then the two additional flights in non-conference (North Carolina State and Kansas). Next year depending on the non-conference schedule, the (savings) might be even more. The Bulldogs will fly to Florida International, UTEP and UTSA in conference play. Other road or neutral games include Army (in Dallas) and Rice (Houston). Techs mileage is significantly less in 2013 than its previous 12 years in the WAC. The Bulldogs will travel 3,965 miles total in seven road games, averaging 566 miles per trip. The 2012 Dogs averaged 774 miles per trip while the highest average trip came in 2008 1,616 miles per trip. That included a flight to Hawaii, which hosted Tech four times in the last 12 seasons. For all sports, Gilbert estimates a total savings of about $150,000 for 2013-14 although cost estimates arent finalized for the coming season. Read more: http://www.thenewsstar.com/article/20130805/SPORTS/308050026/Tech-trips-shorter-spending-less-C-USA?nclick_check=1
  9. IRVING, TEXAS — Louisiana Tech will have its own issues when fall camp opens, like prepping an inexperienced offensive line, quarterback and defensive back seven among the holes left by 31 seniors. But the Bulldogs are stepping into a Conference USA West Division that seems to have more questions that answers. Tech was selected to finish third by conference coaches in the West, who gave all 14 first-place votes to Tulsa. Tulsa (11-3, 7-1 C-USA in 2012) is the heavy favorite to repeat as conference champions, but coach Bill Blankenship isn’t buying it for one second. In a league full of offense, the Golden Hurricane’s defense has met the challenge. Tulsa replaces eight starters on defense, and the team with the best defense has won the majority of the last five C-USA championships. “Making trips to these new places won’t be easy,” Blankenship said. “We’ve never been to Louisiana Tech before.” Tech is one of three new Conference USA members in the newly-formed West Division, joined by North Texas and UTSA. Rice (7-6, 4-4 in 2012) is expected to rise near the top of the league this season with multidimensional quarterback Taylor McHargue. McHargue, who led the Owls to 37 points in a 56-37 loss in Ruston this past season, says the potential exists for an exciting Tech-Rice rivalry. “Even with the amount of turnover they have, they can be good in this league with a Skip Holtz,” McHargue said. “We’re similar programs, and I hope to see both teams competitive.” Read more: http://www.thenewsstar.com/article/20130730/SPORTS/307300015/Conference-USA-West-Division-up-air
  10. Merry Christmas, Quinton Patton. And Colby Cameron. And Ryan Allen. Even though you proved you were some of the best in the country at your positions, you will be idle for the next five weeks while roughly 7,000 other college football players complete their 2012 seasons — some their careers — in a bowl game. The aforementioned Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and their teammates were robbed of one final opportunity to gather together and proudly wear red and blue — a priceless gift for a college athlete no matter their future. The Bulldogs were jilted by an administration that, this week, may have lost a game of tic-tac-toe if given the first three moves. The combination of arrogance, poor judgment and a dose of bad luck left the 9-3 Bulldogs, the nation’s No. 1 offense, home for the holidays. Despite one of the best seasons in school history, Tech is one of two of the 72 bowl-eligible teams that won’t play again. Three weeks ago, Louisiana Tech controlled its BCS destiny but lost its final two games. This week, Tech again controlled its destiny but gambled with it. All the wonderful attention the Bulldogs garnered over 12 games was soured by an unthinkable mistake. Ironically, a BCS buster, Northern Illinois, was Louisiana Tech’s undoing. The Huskies’ inclusion in the Orange Bowl set off a chain of events that caught the Bulldogs with their pants down. Read more: http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20121203/SPORTS0405/121203002/Roy-Lang-III-Tech-gets-busted
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