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LSU will win another BCS title Monday

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NEW ORLEANS — I’ll be honest with you. I was hoping for LSU and Oklahoma State squaring off in Monday’s BCS championship game.
Not LSU and Alabama.
Been there, done that.
Nevertheless, if this is what the computers, “expert” analysts and a plethora of other judging bodies have determined as the best matchup to determine who is the No. 1 college football team in the land for the 2011 season, so be it.
We all have to live with it.
I’ll also be honest with you on this, too: no matter who might have been pitted against LSU in the big game, it might not matter.

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BCS duel: Stars galore

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LSU, ’Bama feature national headliners
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NEW ORLEANS — Tyrann Mathieu, Trent Richardson, Morris Claiborne, Don’ta Hightower.
And plenty of others.
As much as Monday night’s BCS championship game is about the teams themselves, it’s about current stars and potentially future impact performers at the next level.
When you tune in to the 7:30 p.m. kickoff from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, there’s a good chance that the 10 names included later in this story will be difference makers in deciding who wears the national title-logo caps and T-shirts when the final buzzer sounds.
The names:

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Bulldogs fall to NMSU in WAC opener

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Game marked Tech’s first defeat at home this season
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Heading into Saturday’s conference opener, Louisiana Tech head coach Mike White said that New Mexico State forward Wendell McKines would be the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year if the season ended today.
Saturday night McKines didn’t do anything to change White’s opinion as he scored 25 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to lead the Aggies to an 83-73 victory over the Bulldogs before 2,263 fans at the Thomas Assembly Center.
The loss drops the Bulldogs to 8-8 on the year and 0-1 in conference play while NMSU is now 11-5 overall and 1-0 in the WAC.

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Bulldogs sign lineman

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Lost in the shuffle of all of the pomp and pageantry of Louisiana Tech’s appearance at the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl against No. 15 TCU was an addition to the Bulldog program as Tech inked offensive lineman Alec Davis to a National Letter of Intent.
Davis spent the last two years as the starting center for Orange Coast Junior Collegein Costa Mesa, Calif. Where he was named first team all-division and first team all-conference.

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Jury to elect officers

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Lincoln Parish Police Jurors will convene for their first meeting of 2012 on Monday.
Business will include the swearing in of all jurors and election of 2012 officers, with Third Judicial District Attorney Robert Levy presiding.
The floor will be opened for nominations for the president position and then the vice president spot, with nominees needing at least seven of the 12 juror votes to win the one-year term.
For 2011, Theresa Wyatt served as president and Skip Russell as vice-president of the Police Jury.

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Area LTC’s dodge state budget cuts

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LCTCS endures $7.3M slashes
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Amid a sea of mid-year budget cuts, Doug Postel and the Louisiana Technical College campuses at Ruston and Farmerville managed to stay dry, at least this time around.
Postel, dean of the two campuses, said both institutions managed to come away from this round of budget cuts unscathed.
“We were very fortunate,” he said. “We have had rounds of cuts where we have been affected, but this one did not affect us here locally.”

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Schools’ finances weighed

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Costs up, revenue less than expected
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Midway through the fiscal year, the Lincoln Parish School Board faces an uncertain financial future.
George Murphy, business manager for the school district, informed board members at the regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday night that sales tax collections were less than predicted. While creating the budget, Murphy said the finance committee considers past years and did so when developing the 2012 fiscal budget.

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Is a hotel in Grambling’s future?

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The Town of Grambling took a couple of steps forward in its quest for economic development at the monthly meeting Thursday night, as the board of aldermen approved the purchase of approximately 9.3 acres of land, along with another approval that would allow a Houston-based marketing company to conduct a market study to see whether or not building a hotel would be feasible in town limits.
The aldermen started off the meeting by first approving the purchase of the 9.28 acres of land that run along R.W.E. Jones Drive and Louisiana Highway 149, for a total price of $175,000.

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Tech track sets slate

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Mize Invitational to highlight 2012 meets
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Louisiana Tech announced its 2012 indoor and outdoor track and field schedules featuring a four indoor meets and an outdoor slate highlighted by the Jim Mize Invitational on April 7.
The 2012 slates include four meets at Conference USA schools and three meets at Southeastern Conference schools.

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RHS halts Dubach

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Ruston High’s girls closed out play in their own basketball tournament on Friday night with a 51-48 victory over Dubach High.
Shadarria Crawford had 21 points and Miyata Bridges 19 points to pace the Lady Bearcats of Head Coach David Aguilar.
Sue Key was the leader for the Lady Hornets of Head Coach Theodis Johnson with 27 points.
Ruston’s New Living Word School was a 67-59 boys’ winner over Athens, while the NLWS girls lost to Athens, 41-32.
Javier Roper (eight), Lee Mason (18), Ty Mason (17), Xavious Williams (15) and Tracy Hampton (seven) led the NLWS boys.

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