LA Tech AD explains why Bulldogs aren't in a bowl

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Monday December 03, 2012

Posted by: Chris Vannini on December 3, 2012

For much of the season, Louisiana Tech was a potential BCS buster.

They fell short of the BCS, then they failed to win the WAC, and suddenly, they weren't selected for a bowl despite a 9-3 record.

But the situation was a little more complicated than it would seem. UL-Monroe accepted a bid to the Independence Bowl on Saturday, but LA Tech wanted more time to make a decision. The Independence Bowl didn't grant it.

"I was told by their director that their board said they needed to move now," LA Tech athletic director Bruce Van De Velde told SiriusXM College Sports Nation. "I didn't quite understand that, because the team they took (Ohio) would have been available to them Sunday night. Quite frankly, I don't want to get into saying anything about that team, but they wouldn't have brought as many fans as we (would have).

"We play games in Shreveport. We took out Texas A&M game there and we played there in '08 when we could have gone to the Houston Bowl. We felt like they could have granted us a little more time, but they chose not to."

The reason LA Tech wanted more time to decide on the Independence Bowl was because the school was working out some possible deals with other bowls.

"We worked very closely with the commissioner of the WAC, the commissioner of Conference USA and with the Liberty Bowl and felt like our chances were really good," Van De Velde said. "There was strong interest by the Liberty Bowl and the Heart of Dallas (Bowl) on New Year's Day, and Louisiana Tech being represented there. We felt like, if Oklahoma and Kansas State both won on Saturday, they would both be in the BCS and there would be an opening in the Heart of Dallas and the Liberty, and they wanted Louisiana Tech.

"But surprise, surprise, even though both teams won, Northern Illinois moved up and knocked Oklahoma out of the Sugar Bowl. Oklahoma knocked Texas out of the Cotton Bowl, and the domino effect happened and everybody moved down a notch. The Heart of Dallas filled with a Big 12 school and there was an extra Big 12 school and they managed to put Iowa State into the Liberty, locking us out. So here we sit with a nine-win team and no place to go."

You can listen to Van De Velde's interview by clicking here.

Sonny Dykes expressed his frustration with a tweet Sunday night.



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