June 10, 2010
RUSTON, La. - Athletics director Bruce Van De Velde and head football coach Sonny Dykes announced Thursday that Louisiana Tech has signed deals to play Arkansas and UTSA in future non-conference football games. The Bulldog football program will play Arkansas in Little Rock in 2016 and will face UTSA in a home-and-home series beginning in 2015.
The two additions to future Louisiana Tech schedules add a pair of regionally located teams that strengthens the Bulldogs' non-conference schedule.
"While Arkansas may be the home team in 2016, the game in Little Rock will be within the Tech footprint and will provide our fans and alumni a better opportunity to attend the game," athletics director Bruce Van De Velde said. "I am looking forward to seeing a lot of Tech Blue and Red at War Memorial Stadium for that game."
Louisiana Tech will face Arkansas on Sept. 3, 2016 in a game to be held at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. The Razorbacks are historically known for playing at least two games per year in 53,000-plus capacity War Memorial Stadium even though the campus is located three hours northwest of the state capital in Fayetteville.
"I am looking forward to playing a team like Arkansas that has a rich tradition and history," Dykes said. "War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock is a great place to play and is a great venue for college football. Arkansas is an important recruiting area for us and anytime you can play a game in a strong recruiting area, it is a benefit for the program."
The home-and-home series against UTSA will begin in 2015 when the Roadrunners will visit Ruston's Joe Aillet Stadium before LA Tech returns the game at the Alamodome in San Antonio in 2016. Currently in the formation of its program, UTSA will compete in football for the first time in 2011 and has hired former Miami (Fla.) coach Larry Coker to lead its program. The two schools will meet for the first time on Sept. 26, 2015 at Joe Aillet Stadium with LA Tech's visit to San Antonio scheduled for Sept. 24, 2016.
"I am excited about playing an up-and-coming program like UTSA," said Dykes. "Larry Coker has a lot of experience and will do a great job of getting that program ready to play competitive football. The Alamodome is a great venue for football and the Alamo Bowl always has a great atmosphere. I know our players are going to be excited to play there and it will help our recruiting efforts in Texas."
UTSA is expected to be competing on the Division I/FBS level by the 2013 season.
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Future Non-Conference Opponents
Sept. 3 - at Southern Mississippi
Sept. 17 - vs. Houston
Sept. 24 - at Mississippi State
Sept. 8 - at Houston
Sept. 15 - at Mississippi State
Sept. 7 - at Houston
Sept. 14 - vs. Southern Mississippi
Sept. 28 - vs. Army
Sept. 6 - at Southern Mississippi
Sept. 13 - vs. Houston
Sept. 12 - at Mississippi State
Sept. 26 - vs. UTSA
Sept. 3 - at Arkansas (Little Rock, Ark.)
Sept. 17 - vs. Mississippi State
Sept. 24 - at UTSA
Sept. 9 - at Mississippi State