Dogs Deliver

May 10, 2012

Tech to transition from WAC to C-USA

Anna Claire Thomas
Sports Editor


President Dan Reneau called it the worst kept secret in Louisiana Tech history.


News of Tech’s addition to a more regional conference broke last Tuesday morning in an article posted on CBSSports.com, but was not made official until Friday afternoon by Tech officials in a sche


duled press conference in the Thomas Assembly Center.


Fans swarmed to the TAC to hear the long-awaited news of Tech’s departure from the Western Athletic Conference and eventual entrance into Conference USA – news that has been a long-time coming for everyone involved.


After taking a few moments to recall Tech’s history of athletic achievements, Reneau finally in


troduced the man with the golden ticket to the podium.


Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky made the short but much-anticipated announcement that might not have shocked many, but did cause excitement throughout the room.


“Welcome to Conference USA,” he said.


The announcement of Tech’s entrance into the newly-realigned conference was made Friday, along with four new additions to C-USA.


Tech will be newcomers along with the University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University of North Texas and University of Texas at San Antonio.


After spending more than 10 years in the WAC, starting in 2013, Tech will face more regional competition in the members of C-USA, as opposed to the long road trips usually associated with being in the WAC.


“This is the dawn of a new era for Louisiana Tech University and a goal we have worked very hard over the past several years to achieve,” Reneau said. “Above all, I want to thank the Tech nation for their loyal support and commitment to the athletics program. You are the spirit of Louisiana Tech and an inspiration to our coaches and student-athletes.”


Along with the five additions to C-USA made last Friday, Tech will face off against the likes of Florida International, Southern Miss, Rice University, East Carolina, Marshall University, UT-El Paso, Tulane and the University of Tulsa.


Tech will officially become a member of C-USA beginning July 1, 2013.


The Bulldogs and Techsters will compete in all 16 of their NCAA Division I sanctioned sports (nine women’s, seven men’s) once the move is complete.


Athletics Director Bruce Van De Velde spoke of the importance of joining a national conference and the recognition the move will bring to the program.


“The opportunity to join a conference with a national reputation and a strong regional presence is another step in solidifying our place as north Louisiana’s flagship university,” he said. “It is a great honor to be invited to Conference USA, a league whose members reflect the same strong academic reputation and rich intercollegiate athletic traditions as Louisiana Tech.”


A strong regional presence and promise for local rivalries for the fans is what stood out the most when making the decision to join the conference, according to Reneau, Van De Velde and the rest of the athletic administration.


It may not have been the best kept secret for the program, but the news of Tech moving to


C-USA was received as well as any by the fans and administration.


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