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Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Map, please

According to published reports, Louisiana Tech's students heckled their own team during the Bulldogs' 24-14 loss to Idaho on Saturday. Two drunk students were pulled away from coach Jack Bicknell's press conference.

Memo to angry/drunk Tech students: Get a map. You're not in Austin, Texas, not in Los Angeles, not in Ann Arbor, Mich., heck, you're not even in Auburn, Ala. You're in Ruston.

Now that's not to say that Tech students shouldn't demand excellence the same way they do at Texas, USC, Michigan or Auburn. The difference is Tech students should be more realistic in their demands for excellence.

Should Tech students expect a win over Idaho? Sure. But is heckling your own team or trying to berate the coach going to help? No.

Everyone knew Tech's schedule was difficult before the season started. This shouldn't come as a surprise.

But to think Tech's coaches and players aren't trying to win is ridiculous. This is a young team beaten down by a tough schedule. And, with no open dates, it may get worse before it gets better.

That doesn't mean things can't turn around next year, or even this year.

But a dose of realism would certainly help.


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