March 10, 2011
RUSTON, La. - Louisiana Tech athletics director Bruce Van De Velde and head football coach Sonny Dykes announced Thursday that Tech has signed home-and-home scheduling agreements with Rice and UNLV with both teams visiting Ruston in 2012.
The Bulldogs have also signed a contract with Virginia for a game in Charlottesville in 2012.
Rice, a member of Conference USA, will play in Ruston on Sept. 15, 2012 with Tech returning the game in Houston on Aug. 31, 2013. Mountain West Conference member UNLV will visit Ruston on Oct. 6, 2012 with the Bulldogs returning the game in Las Vegas, Nev. on Sept. 27, 2014.
"I am excited about playing both Rice and UNLV," said Dykes. "I know both coaches and they have had a lot of success at different places. Both will be challenging games but I am looking forward to hosting both teams in 2012. I think these are two games that make a lot of sense for our school and our program."
The contracts signed with Rice and UNLV gives Tech two opponents from destination cities. Houston is one of the largest homes of Tech alumni while Las Vegas, reachable from direct flights from Shreveport, is an obvious destination city.
In addition to playing both programs at home in 2012, Louisiana Tech will also travel to Virginia that season with the Bulldogs' game against the Cavaliers set for Sept. 29.
"Virginia is an up-and-coming program and will be a challenge for us," Dykes said. "Mike London has done a good job everywhere he has been, especially when he was at Richmond. I am excited to go play them in 2012."
Louisiana Tech begins spring practice on Thursday, March 10 with the first of 15 sessions set to begin at 7 p.m. at Joe Aillet Stadium.
Complete season ticket information for the 2011 campaign, which features home games against Houston and 2010 WAC Co-Champion Hawaii, is available at Ticketmaster.com/LATech.
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