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Tech Athletics: One Year Later

December 15, 2011

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FROM THE SPORTS DESK with ANNA CLAIRE THOMAS

 

This time last year, the Bulldog football team had wrapped up their 2010 season, finishing with a below average 5-7 record and serious questions needed to be answered by then first-year coach Sonny Dykes.

 

The Lady Techsters, led by head coach Teresa Weatherspoon, were on the cusp of winning a regular season WAC title, going dancing in the NCAA Tournament and relishing in the accomplishments of their most successful season in recent memory.

 

The Bulldog basketball team was failing to garner any respect from their opponents, and sometimes even their own fans, with then-head coach Kerry Rupp failing to rally the troops.

 

One year removed, and my, how things have changed.

 

After a determined offseason practice regimen with outstanding recruiting, Dykes has led his Bulldog football team to an unprecedented comeback, storming back from a 1-4 start to the season and putting together a seven-game winning streak, not to mention Tech earned a spot in the Poinsettia Bowl where the ’Dogs will have a chance to turn some heads if they can knock off No. 15 ranked TCU in San Diego.

 

The Techsters, after losing their star forward in Adrienne Johnson earlier this year, have rebuilt their team around a core of five seniors, and despite a paltry beginning, the Techsters have regained their footing and tallied notable wins over SEC foe Mississippi State and Old Dominion.

 

As for the men’s basketball program, a new era has begun after Rupp was ushered out at the end of last season and in came the fresh face and tactics of Michael White, an accomplished assistant coach in his time with the Ole Miss Rebels.

 

White has led the Bulldogs to a 4-5 record thus far and they are quickly improving with given time.

 

While 2010 was a successful year depending on who you ask, 2011 is shaping up to be the most successful year in school history with the anticipation of championships in the fans’ minds.

 

Hopefully our favorite Bulldog teams can continue to have success in the new year and grant all Tech fans’ Christmas wishes.

 

Anna Claire Thomas is a senior journalism major from Monroe who serves as the sports editor. Email comments to act013@latech.edu.

 

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