Oakes’ decision based on timing
“Things are on the upswing here and it’s far better to leave now than when things aren’t going good. Sometimes, you can just hang on too long. I think it’s the right time for me and my family.
“It’s a good time for me to explore different things and other challenges. I’m 51 years old. I want to see what else is out there It’s time for me to make a change in my life and for Louisiana Tech to have new leadership in athletics.”