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Petrino steers Razorbacks to debacle

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Let’s all take a long overdue, deep breath.
Finally, there is some sanity remaining in college athletics.
The savior could be a gentleman with a short name to remember, but long on doing what’s right and proper.

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’Dogs pile up points

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Only minutes after Louisiana Tech University’s annual “T-Day” spring football game had concluded Saturday afternoon, Quinton Patton shouted, “BCS national championship, baby!”
The never-at-a-loss-for-words senior wide receiver was giddily making a reference to the Bulldogs’ hopes and dreams of reaching the ultimate game in the college ranks during the 2012 season.
Maybe that’s a stretch statement, but Patton and his teammates provided an indication that Tech shouldn’t be dismissed in the grand scheme of things this fall.

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Williams files suit against GSU

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Tigers’ head coach says school breached contract
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GRAMBLING — Spring football workouts at Grambling State University took an off-the-field turn on Friday when Head Coach Doug Williams sued the school, claiming the university reneged on contract promises and now is trying to pressure him to sign a reduced deal on a “take it or leave it” basis.
The state court suit that was unveiled Friday afternoon said that the former Grambling State All-American quarterback agreed in February of 2011 to a contract that included a guaranteed salary and performance bonuses following negotiations with GSU President Frank Pogue.
But the suit said the University of Louisiana System governing board never voted on the contract as required by law, and Pogue told Williams last summer that “there was a problem with his contract being approved.” Pogue suggested renegotiation, which Williams rejected, the suit said.

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Ruston High track teams capture titles

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uston High’s track and field team finished up their regular season on Friday at the Simsboro Invitational.
Both the boys and girls captured the first place trophies before going into their district, regional and state meet.
For the girls, Kristen Clark took home her first title in javelin with a seasonal best. Carrie Bridges placed first in shot-put.
Quanese Young captured second place in the high jump, while Sara Jones was first in the pole vault.

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Bearcats sweep Chiefs

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Ruston High (21-7, 7-2) swept to wins of 15-5 and 10-0 in a District 2-5A home doubleheader against Natchitoches Central on Saturday.
In the 15-5 win, Nick Letendre went the entire distance for the Bearcats to pick up the victory. He got plenty of offensive support.
Eric Goree had a three-run home run and run-producing single and Ivan Wilson accounted for two runs batted in with a home run and double.

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Tech, Grambling lose

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Louisiana Tech University and Grambling State University had rough going in conference baseball action this weekend.
The Bulldogs (17-18, 1-4) lost 3-2 on Friday and then 7-4 on Saturday against the University of Nevada in Reno during Western Athletic Conference competition.

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Dalton had foes seeing ‘red’

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Ex-TCU star made quick transition as Bengals’ leader
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CHOUDRANT —”The Red Rifle” fired a lot of winning shots in 2011.
Andrew Gregory Dalton did it, too, in a year defined by outstanding rookie quarterbacks in the NFL.
There was, naturally, Tim Tebow.
And, of course, Cam Newton.

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Robertson publishes new sports magazine

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Blogging around:
• Former Louisiana Tech University football player Randy Robertson is helping give more well-deserved recognition to the members of the Texas Sports Hall of Fame.
Robertson, who was a quarterback for the Bulldogs from 1973-76, is the publisher of the inaugural Texas Sports Hall of Fame magazine based in Waco.

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‘Rusty’ joins RPAR staff

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If only mascots could talk.
Well, in the case of “Rusty,” they do.
He is the newest addition to the Ruston Parks and Recreation Department staff, all dressed up in an outfit that should help attract more attention and interest in the organization’s always busy sports schedule.
The mascot has been out and about working his charm with participants in RPAR’s spring programs. “Rusty” was recently spotted exchanging high fives with members of the Tornado team in the U-12 soccer division.

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Rookie turkey hunter: Never too late

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I’ve known John Camp for the better part of three decades. When I moved to Ruston in the mid-70s, Camp invited me to join him and other friends in the deer woods.
It didn’t take long for me to figure out that this guy was serious about hunting whitetail bucks. A novice deer hunter at the time, I watched and picked up from Camp some of the tips and techniques that made him such a solid deer hunter, a few of which even rubbed off on me.
In the early 1990s, I discovered another hunting activity that nudged my deer hunting to the back burner; I was introduced to turkey hunting.

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