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November 26th, 2016

Is Tech pro HOF group on rise again?

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A six-pack worth of Sunday morning sports topics:
JJ NEXT IN PRO HALL?: In a technical sort of way, Louisiana Tech University could have its fourth Pro Football Hall of Fame representative in 2017.
Say what?
Here’s the connection: Jimmy Johnson, one of the NFL’s coaching icons (most notably with the Dallas Cowboys) had his very first job in the profession at Tech.
He joined the Bulldogs’ staff as an assistant in 1965.
That’s the only year he was in Ruston before moving on to Picayune High in Mississippi as an assistant n 1966.

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G-Men take Bayou Classic

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Grambling to battle Alcorn State in SWAC title rematch
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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Martez Carter had 279 all-purpose yards and scored three touchdowns as Grambling defeated Southern 52-30 to claim the Southwestern Athletic Conference West Division title in the Bayou Classic on Saturday.
The Tigers (9-1, 9-0) advanced to the SWAC title game for the second consecutive year. They’ll face East Division champion Alcorn State next Saturday in Houston.

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Golden Eagles soar past Bulldogs

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Tech to face Western Kentucky for C-USA championship
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HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Louisiana Tech didn’t save its best for last Friday, failing to overcome several missed opportunities as Southern Mississippi defeated the Bulldogs 39-24 in the regular-season finale Friday at M.M. Roberts Stadium.
But the Bulldogs, who had a seven-game win streak snapped by USM, had already won Conference USA’s Western Division and will take on Eastern Division champion Western Kentucky at 11 a.m. Saturday in Bowling Green, Kentucky, for the league championship.

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GSU men split road basketball games

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NICEVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Ervin Mitchell made six 3-pointers and scored 36 points — both career highs — and Averyl Ugba had 17 points and 16 rebounds to help Grambling State beat Savannah State 110-104 on Saturday in the Emerald Coast Classic.
Mitchell scored 21 points in the second half and Ugba has totaled 43 points and 36 rebounds in his last two games. Grambling State lost to the University of Texas- Rio Grande 101-93 in overtime on Friday.

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Lady Techsters crank up offense

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Tech reaches century mark for first time since 2005 in 103-63 win
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For the first time in more than a dozen years, Louisiana Tech eclipsed the 100-point plateau as the Lady Techsters rolled to a 103-63 win over NAIA foe LSU-Alexandria Saturday afternoon at the Thomas Assembly Center.
Tech (2-2) dominated from start to finish, shooting 59 percent from the field, held the Generals to only 33 percent shooting and won the rebounding battle 56-24 as the Lady Techsters bounced back from a heartbreaking overtime loss at Clemson Tuesday.

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Dunkin’ Dogs begin Cal Bears Classic play today

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As part of the California Bears Classic, Louisiana Tech will make one road trip to the west coast and have three home games.
The first of the three inside the Thomas Assembly Center comes at 4 p.m. today against Maryland Eastern Shore.
Tech (2-2) remained undefeated at home this season after coming away with a 79-63 victory over Oklahoma Baptist on Wednesday. The Bulldogs have won 21 straight non-conference home games, dating back to December of 2013.

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GSU Lady Tigers fall to No. 21 Miami

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Jessica Thomas had 14 points and Adrienne Motley scored 12 to move into the top 10 for career scoring and No. 21 Miami beat Grambling State 89-61 on Friday.
The Hurricanes (4-1) outscored the Tigers (1-4) by 13 in the second quarter to lead 45-24 at the half and then scored the first 13 points of the third quarter.
After making only 8 of 20 shots in the first quarter, Miami made 11 of 18 in the second.
Shakyla Hill led Grambling, which had four players in double figures, with 16 points.

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Facebook post triggers a rifle memory

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The mind is a curious and fascinating thing. Someone mentions something or you see a photo that in an instant, transports you back to an earlier time in your life. Such is the case when someone posted a photo on Facebook recently of a yellowed page from a catalog of a young boy standing in front of a Christmas tree holding his gift, a Remington .22 rifle with the caption that read … “Christmas lasts a lifetime when it’s a Remington .22.”

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Faces In The Community: Local constable recognized

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Grambling Constable Larry Jones for several years has been a fixture of the community due in part by his involvement in the community and local schools.
As a result, Jones was recently recognized as the state Constable of the Year 2016 by the Louisiana Justice of the Peace.
“I felt it such a high honor to receive such an award,” he said. “It was an eye opener just to know that my everyday tasks with the community involvement both local and area wide proves that when one applies his or herself, there is no telling what will lay ahead for you.”

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G-Men only victors in big football weekend for parish

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LA Tech to play in C-USA title game at Western Kentucky; GSU to take on Alcorn State for SWAC crown
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The results were mixed as Lincoln Parish won some and lost some in big gridiron games over the weekend.
But the good news is that our two parish collegiate teams will be moving on to championship games next weekend.
Cedar Creek fell in its Louisiana High School Athletic Association Div. IV semifinals game as Southern Lab defeated the Cougars 56-0 in Baton Rouge.
The Cougars, who were in their third semifinals contest in program history, ended their season at 8-5.

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