ULM Drops Louisiana Tech In All Sports

ULM Warhawks will play games under contract but will no longer schedule Tech in any future sport.

By Matthew Hamilton mhamilton@monroe.gannett.com

The news came as a shock to Louisiana Tech track coach Gary Stanley.

ULM would not be coming to Tech's cross country invitational on Sept. 13. Moreover, Tech was no longer invited to run at the Warhawk Invitational on Sept. 20.

"Stunned, flabbergasted — I don't know how else to put it," Stanley said. "I was told, 'this goes back to what your AD said.'"

That 'AD' is Louisiana Tech athletics director and football coach Derek Dooley, who dismissed the idea of playing ULM in football at a recent booster meeting in Bastrop. Located 30 miles apart, ULM and Tech haven't played on the gridiron since 2000.

ULM's response to Dooley's stance appears to be all or nothing. The football freeze is carrying over to other sports.

In a prepared statement, ULM athletics director Bobby Staub commented on the decision: "In light of recent events, we have decided to go in a different direction with our scheduling."

ULM and Louisiana Tech recently signed a six-year contract for men's basketball and a one-year contract for volleyball. ULM intends to honor those agreements.

But ULM evidently will not

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