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Sunday, November 11, 2007

On scheduling

ULM took a risk and was greatly rewarded on Saturday.

The school's athletic department scheduled a football game with Grambling State for the first time in school history and a record crowd of more than 30,000 showed up.

There was some risk in that Grambling isn't a gimme on the schedule. ULM won 28-14 and won at the box office.

Louisiana Tech played at LSU for the first time since 2003. Although the Bulldogs lost 58-10, you can make a case that Tech was much more competitive this time in Baton Rouge.

Tech trailed 27-7 at the half on Saturday. The Bulldogs trailed 49-3 at the half in 2003.

Still, neither Grambling coach Rod Broadway nor Tech coach Derek Dooley are too thrilled with multiple games against higher-level programs.

Before the game, Broadway said, "I don't have a problem playing one Division I team a year. But I do have a problem playing two. Hopefully in the future, we can play one and the rest of the season will be against people in our league or I-AA teams.''

Dooley is adamant about cutting back his guarantee games to one.

And listening to him talk, you get the idea that he would prefer an in-state rivalry (Tulane perhaps)with someone other than LSU.

"I think in-state rivals can be very healthy,'' Dooley said. "But when one of them is No. 2 in the country and the other one is in a building process, it makes it a tough situation.

"I'm not sure that playing LSU is something our program wants to do every year because LSU will never come to our place. And they shouldn't. I think a good in-state rivalry is when you've got a nice home-and-away between two schools and there is a lot of passion between the fans. And I think that is something we could probably generate, but not with LSU.''


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