Dec. 17, 2011
Dear Friends in North Louisiana,
On behalf of the players and coaches of the Louisiana Tech Bulldog football team and the entire Tech Family, I would like to sincerely thank the people and communities of north Louisiana for the support they have shown our student-athletes, coaches and support staff this entire season. Many of you have attended games during the season, forwarded stories and game day experiences to friends and fans in other communities, or simply sent a note of encouragement or congratulations following a hard-fought game. I just want to take this opportunity to let you know just how much that has meant to all our players and coaches.
It's sometimes easy to forget that these student-athletes represent not only Louisiana Tech University, but also our part of the state and our region of the country. Many come from communities throughout north Louisiana, carrying the pride and passion of their families, friends, and neighbors with them onto the field, and into the classroom. When people around the country see these young people in action and the integrity and character with which they play the game, they also see a large part of what is great about north Louisiana.
Following our game against New Mexico State last month, a victory that sealed the 2011 WAC championship, our team received and accepted an invitation to play in the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego on December 21. This will be the only bowl game played on this day and will be broadcast on ESPN. The network will send their premier broadcast team, consisting of Lou Holtz, Mark May, and Joe Tessitore, to call the game before a national primetime television audience.
I believe this exposure will provide us with an excellent opportunity to showcase Louisiana Tech and Ruston as a part of a larger and vibrant region of our state that includes Monroe, Shreveport, Bossier City, Minden, Alexandria and all points in between. Louisiana Tech is truly proud of this entire region, which is home to thousands of Tech students and alumni. Given this unique opportunity, we're eager to promote north Louisiana to the entire nation.
Daniel D. Reneau
Louisiana Tech University