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LaTech AD stepping down seven months after bowl miscue

Will Davis, D.J. Banks AP

Despite a 9-3 record in 2012, and at one point in the season being considered a BCS buster, Louisiana Tech did not make the postseason last year because of a bowl invite SNAFU that resulted in a lot of pointed fingers but no extra game for the Bulldogs.

Related or not, LaTech athletic director Bruce Van De Velde has announced he will step down on July 1 — seven months after the fact. No reason was given for the move and no direct mention of the mixup was made. Van De Velde will serve the university in a non-administrative through the end of his contract, which expires in February of next year. Deputy athletics director Mary Kay Hungate will serve as interim AD.

“My experience at Louisiana Tech has been both rewarding and challenging,” said Van De Velde in a statement. “I am proud of my contributions to the competitive and academic success of our student-athletes and coaches, and to have enhanced a culture of honesty, integrity, competitive and academic excellence within the athletic department.”

Van De Velde joined the Louisiana Tech athletics department in 2008 as deputy director of athletics and chief operating officer, and was promoted to AD in 2010. With the departure of Sonny Dykes to Cal, Van De Velde recently hired former USF and East Carolina coach Skip Holtz.

LaTech will play its inaugural season in Conference USA this year.

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7 Responses to “LaTech AD stepping down seven months after bowl miscue”
  1. bouwel92 says: Jun 27, 2013 5:16 PM

    I’m glad he stepped down, I’m still pissed off he didn’t take the bowl invitation. Even a smaller bowl game is better than sittin at the house waiting for next year. Hopefully our new AD will have more common sense to understand that.

  2. ajarkoski says: Jun 27, 2013 7:02 PM

    Next time the ugly prince comes to take you to the ball game, just go and don’t wait for Prince Charming!

  3. vols84 says: Jun 27, 2013 7:33 PM

    “Bring back Dooley,” said no one.

  4. chunkala says: Jun 27, 2013 9:17 PM

    I hate when some schools and their ADs feel they deserve more than they do. They had an exciting team last year and were forced to sit home because of VV.

  5. alligatorsnapper says: Jun 27, 2013 11:18 PM

    Bruce Van De Velde truly had a brain block in his reasoning, at least for the moment.

    I wish the Bulldog AD Search Committee the best in finding an AD with some wisdom.

  6. desal2ds says: Jun 28, 2013 9:11 AM

    I’d hire the Rutgers former AD Tim Pernetti. He was very good and became a scapegoat at an extremely inept school in Rutgers.

  7. parkcityute says: Jun 28, 2013 12:11 PM

    @desal2ds…

    Good choice. Where he may have not considered the Bulldog job earlier after Rutgers he may be ready for a peaceful quiet job. And he would not turn down a bowl, either.

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