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LaTech won’t be going bowling, but claims it did not turn down invite

Sonny Dykes AP

If you want to talk bowl SNAFUs, look no further than Louisiana Tech. Sunday night when bowl announcements were coming out by the minute, LaTech announced on Twitter that it would not be going to a bowl game even with a 9-3 record.

But it wasn’t just that the Bulldogs, a one-time BCS buster contender, weren’t going bowling. It was that they weren’t selected. Or, so said Associate Media Relations Director Patrick Walsh.

“Louisiana Tech has not been selected for a postseason bowl game. Nation’s No. 1 offense ends year at 9-3,” Walsh tweeted.

Though Twitter is a great resource for athletic programs, its danger, obviously, is the 140-character limit since it can’t always tell the whole story. The Monroe-News Star had reported Saturday that LaTech had actually tabled an Independence Bowl invite to play Louisiana-Monroe (Ohio will play the Warhawks instead). Tech athletic director Bruce Van De Velde told the Associated Press Sunday evening that the decision wasn’t black and white.

Nobody turned a bowl bid down,” Van De Velde said. “We asked for more time to vet two other opportunities that we had that we felt good about.”

Independence Bowl chairman Jack Andres said organizers set a deadline for Louisianan Tech to make a decision, but did not hear back from the university by the deadline.

“Before we made another deal we called them back,” Andres explained. “We said, ‘We’re still willing to have you at the bowl, but need to know fairly quickly.’ So we gave them a deadline and they didn’t call us back until way later than that. If you don’t call us back, that’s a ‘No.’ And we made another deal so we’d have a quality bowl team.”

Regardless, Louisiana Tech won’t be going bowling and no one connected to the program is real happy about it. Head coach (for now) Sonny Dykes (pictured) expressed his disappointment Sunday night.  “Under no circumstances did I ever think there was any possibility at all that we would not play in a bowl game,” Dykes said in a statement. “It is a shame that our nationally recognized team and its 31 seniors have to end the season this way.”

However, according to Roy Lang of the Shreveport Times, “Louisiana Tech AD Bruce Van de Velde consulted with head coach Sonny Dykes and Tech president Dan Reneau on decision to turn [Independence] Bowl down [Saturday].”

Of course, just because Dykes was consulted doesn’t mean the decision was made or that he was involved in making one. Still, what a mess and generally unfortunate end for one of the more exciting teams in college football this season.

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21 Responses to “LaTech won’t be going bowling, but claims it did not turn down invite”
  1. ningenito78 says: Dec 3, 2012 10:52 AM

    What a shame. Idiot administrators….

  2. 27xwschamps says: Dec 3, 2012 11:03 AM

    Idiot jackasses !!!’

  3. barbeaux says: Dec 3, 2012 11:07 AM

    Haha way to try to spin it, la tech. That just makes you look more lame.

  4. jimbo75025 says: Dec 3, 2012 11:17 AM

    So they were holding out to see if they got into the BCS championship game?

    Sorry La Tech, but you are a small program making strides and you gotta start somewhere. The Ind Bowl is not a great bowl, but it is something to build on.

  5. stoutfiles says: Dec 3, 2012 11:28 AM

    By asking for more time, they indirectly turned it down.

    The AD should be fired for incompetence.

  6. raiderufan says: Dec 3, 2012 11:38 AM

    Wow…that’s a get you fired kind of mistake. That simply CANNOT happen.

  7. kdbroom says: Dec 3, 2012 11:46 AM

    It’s pretty simple what happened. LaTech tried to slow-play the Indy Bowl in the hopes of a better offer. The better offer didn’t materialize, and by the time LaTech realized it, the Indy Bowl had moved on. You snooze, you lose.

  8. okieviacal says: Dec 3, 2012 12:55 PM

    And here I thought OK State’s AD screwed up by ignoring the Alamo/BWW/Holiday bowls because he thought the Sooners would be an at large bid and the Cowboys had the Cotton Bowl wrapped up.

    More importantly, this is a failure on SO many levels by so many parties involved. This really sucks for the players, fans, and school.

  9. raysfan1 says: Dec 3, 2012 1:08 PM

    Losing out on 15 extra practices, losing out added exposure that a bowl brings, plus the givens of losing 31 seniors and probably the HC too. Yeah, good luck next year LA. Tech.

  10. normtide says: Dec 3, 2012 1:09 PM

    The admins screwed the players, simple as that. Someone should be fired, that mistake will cost the school $.

  11. bouwel92 says: Dec 3, 2012 1:40 PM

    I hate to say it but yes they did turn it down. They were invitated and turned it down because they didnt want to play ULM. To bad, because i had my hopes up for a Tech-ULM bowl game i was already ready to get my tickets. Would have been amazing to see the old I-20 rivalary restored.

  12. wustlumdnj says: Dec 3, 2012 1:41 PM

    There is a procedure in place for the order of bowl eligible teams. 6-7 Georgia Tech is not higher on the eligibility list than any 6-6, 7-5, 8-4, or 9-3 teams.

    If LaTech hadn’t stalled, it would be 8-4 Ohio U without a bowl after a great season.

    There is no reason why Georgia Tech should have received that waiver.

  13. houndofthebaskervols says: Dec 3, 2012 1:55 PM

    Shame on La Tech. Probably need to think about bringing Dooley back as AD, even he couldnt have screwed this up.

  14. Deb says: Dec 3, 2012 2:01 PM

    The word deadline is self-explanatory. They screwed their kids, made themselves look like a bunch of pikers, and compounded the situation by tweeting that the football world was picking on them. The school definitely needs an AD change.

  15. jimbo75025 says: Dec 3, 2012 2:24 PM

    houndofthebaskervols says:
    Dec 3, 2012 1:55 PM
    Shame on La Tech. Probably need to think about bringing Dooley back as AD, even he couldnt have screwed this up.

    Don’t bet on it. He would have probably been busy trying to bleach his orange pants and dye them a different color.

  16. 8to80texansblog says: Dec 3, 2012 3:44 PM

    If the Bulldogs are looking for someone to blame other than themselves… look to the voters who put NIU up so high…. NIU’s trip to the BCS caused a chain reaction of schools getting bumped from bowls starting with OU and the Fiesta bowl and rapidly working its way down to Iowa State and the Liberty Bowl (the bowl NIU was holding out for)

    NIU is so not deserving of a BCS bid its disgusting. They played literally the easiest schedule in FBS…. 120 out of 120.

  17. 808raiderinparadise says: Dec 3, 2012 4:32 PM

    Univeristy of Hawaii 2007.

    12-0, BCS, thrashed by Goergia in sugar bowl.

    Beat nobody that year except a #17 Boise St, at Hawaii.

    I was a student at the time, of course I wanted UH to make a BCS game, but deserved it?

    Not at all with UH’s schedule.

    Good for NIU.

    Bad for BCS.

  18. dadawg77 says: Dec 3, 2012 4:50 PM

    GA Tech and Conf affiliations with bowl games are why they are not in a bowl. NIU would have gone to a different bowl and OLK would be in the BCS. Either way both of those schools go bowling.

  19. frug says: Dec 3, 2012 5:51 PM

    Gene Smith thinks this was an excellent decision.

  20. tuscaloosaguy says: Dec 3, 2012 6:26 PM

    The AD should fired ASAP after he faces the football team and the 31 Seniors to explain why La Tech isn’t going to a bowl. Maybe the AD is one reason Derek Dooley left. Poo on the AD.

  21. John A. says: Dec 3, 2012 11:53 PM

    **If you don’t call us back, that’s a ‘No.’**


    LaTech dropped the ball completely on that.

    Someone should be disciplined for that mistake, it’s too big of one to let slide.

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