When my invitation arrives every year about this time, I start counting the days.
Then the appointed morning finally arrives and I pack my little CRV, point it north toward Lakeview, Ark., and drive eight hours until my Tom Tom tells me I’m on River Road, the last major waypoint where I see the sign telling me I’ve reached my destination. There on the right is the sprawling complex I have come to love —Gaston’s White River Resort.
Second-year Head Coach Sonny Dykes gives due credit to his predecessor for helping Louisiana Tech University’s football program enjoy a success-loaded 2011 season.
“You’ve got to credit Coach Dooley for recruiting a lot of these players,” Dykes said when asked about reasons for the Bulldogs’ eight-win total, locked up bowl berth and current first place mark of 4-1 in the Western Athletic Conference. “Players like (Adrien) Cole, (Jay) Dudley and lots of other good players.
“So we inherited some good players. We just needed to create more of a team culture and these players have responded to it.”
HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Coming into Reed Green Coliseum, a place where Louisiana Tech’s outstanding 2012-13 season came to end, the Bulldogs knew they had to shoot better against the vaunted Southern Miss zone.
Tech did that on Sunday afternoon, connecting on 45 percent of its shots from the field and nine 3-pointers. But the University of Southern Mississippi repeated its dominance inside with 46 points in the paint that helped give the Golden Eagles an 80-71 home win.