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Monday, November 27, 2006

Bicknell should keep his head

There are a lot of heads that need to roll in college football this year, but the head of Louisiana Tech coach Jack Bicknell isn't one of them.

Saddled with a schedule that was a preseason prescription for disaster, with a young team, an untrained defensive coordinator and compounded with a bevy of injuries and quitters, Bicknell had little chance of pulling off a winning season.

Detractors can whine all they want, but Knute Rockne would have been a loser in Ruston this year. If the Tech administration is shortsighted enough to relieve Bicknell after this week's game with New Mexico State, his replacement will be the luckiest new coach on the planet next year. The Bulldogs will be drastically improved with an experienced and deep defense, a veteran quarterback and a bevy of capable running backs.

Give Bicknell another year and if he isn't 7-5 or better, then call for his head.


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