LA Tech hosts SMU Saturday at the Joe

Who: SMU (2-0) at Louisiana Tech (1-1)

Where: Joe Aillet Stadium (Ruston, La.)

When: 2:30 p.m. Saturday

TV: CBS Sports Network

Radio: KXKZ 107.5 FM (Ruston), KDBS 1410 AM (Alexandria), KDBS 94.7 FM (Alexandria), WUBR 910 AM (Baton Rouge), KJVC 92.7 FM (Mansfield), KZBL 100.7 FM (Natchitoches), KOKA 980 AM (Shreveport), KOKA 93.3 FM (Shreveport), KNCB 1320 AM (Vivian), KNCB 104.1 FM (Vivian), KVCL 92.1 FM (Winnfield)

Radio Talent: Malcolm Butler (PxP), Teddy Allen (Color) and Luke McCown (sideline) w/ pregame at 1 p.m.

Holtz. Dykes.

Two names that have been very familiar to the game of college football for decades.

Lou Holtz and Spike Dykes made quite the names for themselves during their coaching careers and their legacy is carried on now by sons Skip Holtz and Sonny Dykes.

On Saturday afternoon at Joe Aillet Stadium, Skip’s Bulldogs and Sonny’s Mustangs will kickoff at 2:30 p.m. in a game that will be televised on CBS Sports Network.

And the two head coaches on opposite sidelines won’t be strangers.

“I’ve known coach Dykes for a long time,” said Skip Holtz. “Obviously with both of our fathers being (in coaching) for a long time and being in the old Southwest Conference which no longer exists today but was very powerful back then. It was the SEC back then. They were both head coaches there.

“I’ve known (Sonny) for a long time. I’ve spent a lot of time with him during some off-seasons. We went out and visited Texas Tech when I was at South Carolina and we spent three days with him and Kate (Dykes) out there in Lubbock. I have a lot of respect for him.”

In fact back in 2012 when Dykes had made the decision to take the head coaching job at Cal after leading Louisiana Tech the previous three years, Holtz reached out to him about his time in Ruston.

“I talked to him a long time on the phone about this job when he had left here,” said Skip. “The memories he had here and the feelings here and how much he loved Ruston and the community and the quality of people that are here in town.

“I think he does a great job. I think he is a really good football coach, and I am looking forward to having the opportunity to stand across the sideline from him. You have these relationships and these spiderwebs that we weave in coaching, but at the same point in time, when you put the ball on the tee we all want to win.”

All SMU has done this year is win. The Mustangs have victories over Abilene Christian (56-9) and North Texas (35-12) in the opening two weekends of college football. The Bulldogs are coming off a 45-42 win over Southeastern Saturday.

However, the last time the two teams met, only one team walked away happy. Tech defeated SMU 51-10 in the 2017 DXL Frisco Bowl, just weeks after Dykes had taken over the SMU program.

“I’m sure they have replayed it,” said Holtz. “It was four years ago and everybody has fifth- and sixth-year seniors. I’m sure they have talked about the game. They have played the tape. I’m sure that it’s probably something that’s going to be there, but what happened in 2017 doesn’t have anything to do with today.

“In all fairness to Coach Dykes he got there and he didn’t even know his players names. He didn’t get to call a play. He didn’t know the offense or the defense. He had GA’s that were calling the offense because everyone had left to go to Arkansas. I’m sure they will use it as motivation, but our team has some motivation today too.”

Tech leads the all-time series against SMU 4-1.

Photo: Darrell James


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