Less than six months after finishing 14th in the league standings in its inaugural year in Conference USA, Louisiana Tech has been tabbed seventh in the preseason Coaches’ Poll released by the C-USA office Wednesday.
First-year head coach Tyler Summitt and Co. received a total of 105 points from the league coaches, finishing behind Middle Tennessee (181, 6 first place votes), Western Kentucky (179, 5), Southern Miss (163, 1), UTEP (154, 1), Charlotte (132) and Old Dominion (116).
They worked together to revive Louisiana Tech University’s men’s basketball program.
Now they’re again both headed the same direction — eastward overseas — to begin their professional hoops careers.
Former Tech Dunkin’ Dogs Kenneth “Speedy” Smith and Raheem Appleby both officially joined the professional ranks earlier this week, with Smith signing with EF Riga in Latvia while Appleby will play for Hungary’s PVSK Panthers.
BATON ROUGE — The Louisiana High School Athletic Association held a special-called meeting Wednesday with the 15 basketball officials’ associations and the 14 principals’ groups across the state to work out a plan to resolve the issue of work stoppage and get the officials back on the courts.