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Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Give Bicknell credit

Former Louisiana Tech coach Jack Bicknell deserves a lot of credit for Tuesday's announcement that Tech has the highest percentage of student-athlete graduates in the state.

The 2007 Federal Graduation Rate Report, which is based on student-athletes who entered school in fall of 2000 and who graduated by summer of 2006, showed Tech ranked No. 1 in the state of Louisiana among schools who play football.

While other Tech coaches and administrative personnel played a role in the honor, everyone knows that a football-playing school rises and falls with its football program ... and that includes graduation ratings.

Bicknell was justifiably fired for his coaching record last year, but he didn't leave without honor. And Bicknell has definitely landed on his feet as an offensive line coach for 8-0 Boston College, his alma mater. An exhuberant Bicknell could be seen celebrating on the sidelines of the Eagles' improbable 14-10 win over Virginia Tech last week.


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