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2008-2009: 3 teams to remember

May 15, 2009

by Justin Phillips

Derek Dooley is slowly but surely carving his place into Tech lore with his resuscitation of the Bulldog football program over the past two seasons.

The improvement in the eyes of Bulldog fans becomes more and more evident each time the team takes the field. In the opening week of the season, the Bulldogs defeated another set of dogs from Mississippi State University on national television.

The monumental home win set the tone for a continuously streaky season for the Bulldogs as they went on to take down the Northern Illinois Huskies in the Independence Bowl to cap off the stellar season.

The bowl victory gave the program it’s first bowl win since 2001. The Bulldogs only look to improve next season as they return with a re-vamped schedule and a loaded roster filled with young talent eager to continue to improve.

Welcome back Teresa, the prodigal daughter of Lady Techster basketball.

The firing of former head coach, Chris Long, had grown more and more apparent over the last few years. Most fans knew the change had to come sooner than later.

With one of the more surprising moves in terms of timing in all of women’s collegiate basketball last season, the program fired Long and replaced him with Weatherspoon as the head coach.

The new captain of the program led the Techsters to final record of 11-3, including the loss to Illinois State in the second round of the WNIT.

The Lady Techsters will have a great deal to look forward to in the near future with an influx of talent both on the court and marching up and down the sidelines.

Baseball fans in the Tech community have had very little to smile about in recent times. Fortunately for the Bulldog faithful, this has been a new year for the team in all aspects.

When local sports fans think of a team making a monumental turnaround from one season to the next, the thought of the 2009 Bulldogs must come to mind first. The same team which saw itself severely underachieve over the last few seasons, harnessed the young talent present on the team during the 2008 season and has displayed the flashes of brilliance many Tech fans knew the team possessed. With the ongoing season, the Bulldogs currently find themselves sitting in second place in the WAC standings and by continuing the steady play they have survived on this season both at the plate and in the field, the Bulldogs will finish this season by making it one of the best in recent memory.

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