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’Dogs dot ‘I’ bowl with win

That “W” was recorded on the very same Independence Stadium turf with a 24-14 decision over Louisville. In their next two postseason appearances, the Bulldogs either lost or tied, the most recent having been to Clemson (49-14) in the 2001 Humanitarian Bowl.
Not only did Tech bring the curtain down on its own bowl drought, but also became the first Western Athletic Conference member to get a postseason win this season.
“We weren’t satisfied with just being in the Independence Bowl,” said coach Derek Dooley.

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Help curb holiday trash surge

The majority of refuse in the piles, she said, are household garbage, packaging and paper products.
So, if it’s not too late to spare shreds of gift and tissue papers, go through the pile and extract them for later use. Tissue paper is a handy thing to have around the house for boxing delicate Christmas trinkets, ornaments and other out-of-season items.

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Tech bowl win caps off stellar season

What’s more, Tech shared second place in the Western Athletic Conference and became the first WAC team to win a bowl game this year.
Fans couldn’t ask for more. And those who thought head coach Derek Dooley was riding high on a wave of support before will see him held up even higher as Tech’s golden ticket.
And, rightly so. Dooley has helped to orchestrate a renewal of Tech athletics that the university hasn’t seen in decades. As athletics director, he’s ushering in a new generation of athletes, coaches, administrators and even fans.

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Sweet anticipation

“Just looking at him (English) on film, he’s as good a defensive player as we’ve seen. He gets off of the football quick and is very fast and explosive.
“But, honestly, we’re really not going to change up what we plan to do offensively because of one player. If Brian Urlacher (Chicago Bears’ Pro Bowl linebacker) was out there, we would still be trying to execute our game plan.”
But, oh, Jenkins and the ’Dogs will be aware of the 6-3 and 255-pounder who was chosen as both the overall Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in the Mid-

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Bowl berth brings back memories

In 2001, Tech’s first year in the Western Athletic Conference, I was a junior journalism major. I can recall sitting in my advanced grammar class with some football players wearing their brand new “Conference Champions” T-shirts and talking amongst themselves about the bowl possibilities. To this day it remains a mystery why there was such a large contingent of football players in that advanced grammar class … but not that there’s anything wrong with that.

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Charitable people are a true strength

Despite the ever-present reminders of our spoiled economy, the spirits of Lincoln Parish continued to fight and refused to darken.
Local charities, faith-based groups and individuals made a strong showing of their desire to help their community during what is arguably not the most joyous of Christmas seasons.

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Will Saints cut Deuce loose?

“All I can do is go out and play and whatever happens after that is going to happen,” McAllister said after Wednesday’s practice. “I’m going to play again. There are a couple more years I still want to play. I have a contract, you know, so we’ll see what happens.”
In some ways, the contract is the problem. Before the 2005 season, McAllister signed a seven-year extension that potentially would pay him a little more than $50 million through 2012. Since then, he has had reconstructive surgery on both knees and this season had only a limited role.

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Fans gearing up for

Tickets sales have neared the 42,000 mark, so a near-record crowd is predicted to pack into the stadium with the vast majority expected to be wearing blue and red in support of the Bulldogs.
“It’s an exciting time, and I think Independence Stadium is going to be packed on Sunday night,” Tech supporter Warren Post said. “Everyone is talking about the game and most people I know are planning on going. We don’t get this opportunity all that often, so it’s something everyone wants to be a part of and enjoy.

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