A Rivalry in Dixie is Renewed Saturday as LA Tech Hosts Southern Miss
Nov. 9, 2013
RUSTON, La. - A Rivalry in Dixie is renewed for the 45th time Saturday night as Louisiana Tech plays host to Southern Miss at 6 p.m. at Joe Aillet Stadium in Ruston.
The rivalry game will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network with Dave Ryan (play-by-play), Matt Tauscher (analyst) and Evan Washburn (sidelines) calling the action.
The longstanding rivalry began in 1935 when Louisiana Polytechnic Institute defeated the State Teachers College in a Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association game and has weathered stops and starts, name changes and conference affiliation changes.
Southern Miss is Louisiana Tech's most common out-of-state opponent while the Golden Eagles have only played Memphis and Louisiana-Lafayette more times in their history.
Today the two schools are members of Conference USA and resume a series that has seen over 40 percent of the games decided by one score, including the last three games.
While both programs have installed new coaching staffs since their last meeting in 2011, familiarity still runs deep between the two teams. Southern Miss has four members on staff that have either coached or played at Louisiana Tech in their football careers, including USM head coach Todd Monken.
"We have a number of guys who have spent time over there," Monken said about facing Louisiana Tech in Ruston. "My son was born there. (Offensive line coach) Pete Perot coached there for a number of years. (Running backs coach) John Simon played there. (Director of Football Operations) John Carr played there. We have a number of people on our staff that have a history there. Louisiana Tech's a tremendous place. I enjoyed the two years I was there and look forward to going over and playing a really good football team and us giving ourselves a chance to win.
The Bulldogs (3-5, 2-2) still have a chance at becoming bowl eligible this season if they can win three of their last four games. In addition to Southern Miss (0-8), Rice (6-3), Tulsa (2-6) and UTSA (4-5) are left to face Louisiana Tech this season.
Meanwhile Southern Miss is looking to stop a 21-game losing streak dating back to the 2011 season.
"Getting into this game, it is the Rivalry in Dixie," Louisiana Tech head coach Skip Holtz said of facing Southern Miss. "All the history since 1935 and the 31-13 series, I know 41 percent of the games have been decided by one score or less. This is what you talk about when you get into conference play. When you get into some of these geographical rivalries. When you have the opportunity to start to go against someone every year. I think this is a natural rivalry, not only with the history, but with the geographical location of being in the same league is only going to add more and more to this rivalry."
"What adds an interesting twist to this rivalry is the number of coaches that have ties to Louisiana Tech, whether they played here or they coached here," Holtz continued. "Most recently, even with some coaches that were on this staff a year ago. The upper hand will be given to Southern Miss with their knowledge of personnel. Not only did they have the opportunity to see them every day, they had the opportunity to practice with them every day. It is going to create a little more excitement, a little more energy into this rivalry. I think it has all the makings to be a great series. I am fortunate to be part of it and looking forward to the game this weekend."
Louisiana Tech will honor its newest inductees to the Louisiana Tech Athletics Hall of Fame at halftime of Saturday's game as well as honor team members of the 1973 National Championship team gathered for the 40-year reunion.
KXKZ 107.5 FM will serve as the flagship station for the LA Tech Sports Network for the 15th straight year as the 100,000 watt station will carry all of the Bulldog football games in 2013.
Its sister station- KNBB 97.7 FM - will host Hill Oil's Inside Bulldog Football with Skip Holtz radio show each and every Monday throughout the season at The Dawg House Sports Grill with a new start time of 6 p.m. The first edition of Hill Oil's Inside Bulldog Football is scheduled for Aug. 26.
The 12 affiliate network will continue to provide coverage across the region, bringing the Bulldogs to listeners in Arkansas, East Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana. In addition to the affiliates in Ruston, the LA Tech Sports Network will also include KDBS 1410 AM (Alexandria), KJVC 92.7 FM (Mansfield), KTKC 92.9 (Springhill), KBEF 104.5 FM (Minden), KASO 1240 AM (Minden), KPCH 99.3 (Ruston), KVCL 92.1 FM (Winnfield), KRMD 1340 AM (Shreveport/Bossier City), KRMD 100.7 FM (Shreveport/Bossier City) and WUBR 910 AM (Baton Rouge).
All Bulldog football games can also be accessed online by purchasing a subscription to LA Tech All-Access on LATechSports.com. Cost of a subscription to LA Tech All-Access is only $9.95 per month or $79.95 for the entire year (which includes all live broadcasts for all of Tech's athletic teams).
Starting this year, fans can also choose to purchase the C-USA Digital Network subscription for $14.95 per month or $119.95 per year which includes all of the above content as well as audio and video for all road C-USA games along with additional video content throughout the year.
For complete coverage of Bulldog Football, please follow @LATechFB on Twitter or visit the official home of Louisiana Tech Athletics at LATechSports.com.
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