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    Anybody Missing Bruce Van De Velde Yet?

    Here's a good, off-season topic.

    I was just looking at our upcoming OOC home football schedules for the next few years and it made me wonder if any of you guys miss Bruce Van De Velde yet?

    On BVD's watch, LA Tech hosted some great OOC HOME games against Miss St (in 2008, when BVD was Deputy AD), Navy (2010), Grambling (2010, in Shreveport), Houston (2011), Southern Miss (2011), UNLV (2012), and Texas A&M (2012, in Shreveport). Under Van De Velde, We also had outstanding ROAD games at LSU, Ole Miss, Miss St, Illinois & Virginia (we went 3-2 in these road games, losing the MSU game in OT and leading LSU at halftime.) Oh...and we played a bowl game against TCU.

    Since BVD didn't resign until July 1, 2013, I'm sure he was also responsible for our 2013 schedule that included a home game against ARMY at the Cotton Bowl, and a road game at NC State.

    Also, BVD hired some pretty good coaches in both football and men's basketball. This is from Wikipedia:

    Van De Velde developed and implemented the largest fundraising campaign in LA Tech's athletics history and increased total annual contributions to athletics from $1.6 million in 2008 to over $6 million in 2012. He also hired head coaches Skip Holtz and Sonny Dykes, and men’s basketball coach Michael White. The football program won the Western Athletic Conference title in 2011 and achieved its highest-ever national ranking in 2012. The men’s basketball team won the Western Athletic Conference title in 2013 behind a 27-7 record and the women’s basketball team won WAC titles in 2010 and 2011.
    It was also on BVD's watch that LA Tech received the much-needed invite to CUSA and began play in 2013.

    That's a pretty darn good resume for anybody at LA Tech. In a span of only 4-5 years, BVD's Tech teams won a football conference title, a men's basketball conference title, two women's BB conference titles, achieved its highest national ranking ever in football and transitioned into CUSA.

    So.....do you miss him yet?

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    Re: Anybody Missing Bruce Van De Velde Yet?

    Here come the DD supporters....


    ...and can't blame them - DD was responsible for most, if not all of the positives in your thread.

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    Re: Anybody Missing Bruce Van De Velde Yet?

    lets play Marc Antony-- "the good that men do are buried with their bones." (paraphrase) Well done HogDawg -- I have never felt he was the main reason for the I-Bowl fiasco...your words would look pretty good on a bio===

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    Re: Anybody Missing Bruce Van De Velde Yet?

    Miss. St. - Dooley

    Navy - Not certain, but I think it was Oakes...same with Army that was moved to Dallas by BVDV (THAT worked out well)

    A&M in S'Port could have been in Ruston. BVDV moved it to S'Port

    Grambling in S'Port was a cluster and it was done by BVDV

    Houston and USM (pre C-USA) were Dooley

    UNLV was BVDV (I think)

    We didn't play lsu in BR while BVDV was AD

    Ole Miss, Illinois, NCSt, and Virgina were all BVDV

    BVDV did not hire Holtz
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    Re: Anybody Missing Bruce Van De Velde Yet?

    The good things that BVDV did were good. The bad things that BVDV did...were bad. The very bad things that BVDV did...the average fan doesn't know about.

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    Re: Anybody Missing Bruce Van De Velde Yet?

    I miss his not-so-anonymous posts on here, comically attempting to blow his own horn.
    Good old Memorial Gym

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    Re: Anybody Missing Bruce Van De Velde Yet?

    May be only one letter difference, but there is a yuuuge difference between da bomb and a bomb.

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    Re: Anybody Missing Bruce Van De Velde Yet?

    Quote Originally Posted by maverick View Post
    May be only one letter difference, but there is a yuuuge difference between da bomb and a bomb.
    Even less between a bomb and A Bomb.

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    Re: Anybody Missing Bruce Van De Velde Yet?

    BVD always dropped by tailgates. Haven't seen TMac.
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    Re: Anybody Missing Bruce Van De Velde Yet?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cool Hand Clyde View Post
    BVD always dropped by tailgates. Haven't seen TMac.
    Good point.

    I've seen TMac talking to the same folks every weekend. Certainly not an uncouth group like the Slobberknockers though.
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    Re: Anybody Missing Bruce Van De Velde Yet?

    TMac seems to be a nice enough guy, but his OOC scheduling has got to improve greatly if he's to keep his job.

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    Re: Anybody Missing Bruce Van De Velde Yet?

    Quote Originally Posted by maddawg View Post
    Miss. St. - Dooley

    Navy - Not certain, but I think it was Oakes...same with Army that was moved to Dallas by BVDV (THAT worked out well)

    A&M in S'Port could have been in Ruston. BVDV moved it to S'Port

    Grambling in S'Port was a cluster and it was done by BVDV

    Houston and USM (pre C-USA) were Dooley

    UNLV was BVDV (I think)

    We didn't play lsu in BR while BVDV was AD

    Ole Miss, Illinois, NCSt, and Virgina were all BVDV

    BVDV did not hire Holtz
    BVD was Dooley's Deputy AD --which really means he was the acting AD while Dooley was coaching-- back in 2008. We did play at LSU in 2008, but I'm sure that was probably scheduled by Dooley the previous year (2007).

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    Re: Anybody Missing Bruce Van De Velde Yet?

    Quote Originally Posted by RhythmDawg View Post
    The good things that BVDV did were good. The bad things that BVDV did...were bad. The very bad things that BVDV did...the average fan doesn't know about.
    What does THAT mean? Seriously?

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    Re: Anybody Missing Bruce Van De Velde Yet?

    Quote Originally Posted by brtransplant View Post
    TMac seems to be a nice enough guy, but his OOC scheduling has got to improve greatly if he's to keep his job.
    ^^^THIS!! T-Mac's scheduling --particularly home scheduling-- needs to improve in football and mens basketball.

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    Re: Anybody Missing Bruce Van De Velde Yet?

    Quote Originally Posted by HogDawg View Post
    What does THAT mean? Seriously?
    It means he treated some alumni and some faculty like crap...including some alumni who gave a bunch of money to Tech...and he lied to some alumni, and he used money donated by some alumni inappropriately for things other than what it was given for...and it really pissed me off. One of those alumni won't give another dime to Tech until he gets an apology from the athletic department and the president, and considering those positions have changed, that apology likely isn't coming.

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