Update on Poinsettia Bowl Planning and Preparations

Dec 4, 2011 | General News

A little more than a week ago, our Louisiana Tech Bulldogs received and accepted an invitation to play in the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego on December 21.  Since that time, university and athletic department administrators have been working non-stop to plan and coordinate the logistical aspects of participating in this event.  In addition to planning for the travel and accommodations of the players, coaches, and support staff, we have also been working non-stop to secure the necessary resources needed to send the members of the Band of Pride and other spirit groups.
It should be known that sending the Band of Pride and these spirit groups to San Diego to support the team and represent our university has always been a part of our plans and preparations for this bowl game.  However, since the WAC only provides enough funds for one charter plane and 175 personnel, we knew from the very beginning of this process that we needed to seek private funds to make this possible.  Unfortunately, this fact was not known to those outside the administration, nor did others know of our active efforts to secure additional funding from private sources.  Regrettably and due to this lack of knowledge, the media was contacted (and misinformed), creating a false impression of our intentions and efforts to involve members of the Band of Pride and spirit groups in this event.
As a result of our ongoing fundraising efforts and plans to secure private support, we are pleased to announce that we are able to take all members of the Band of Pride and spirit groups with us to San Diego for the Poinsettia Bowl.  Several generous donors and benefactors have made it possible for us to secure the resources necessary to accommodate the additional students, staff, and support personnel.
The Band of Pride and spirit groups will participate in a number of exciting events leading up to the game on December 21, and will represent the Red and Blue, along with our football team, before an entire nation tuning in on ESPN.  ESPN will send their premier broadcast team, consisting of Lou Holtz, Mark May, and Joe Tessitore, to call the game.  The eyes of the nation will be on Louisiana Tech, and we are truly excited and inspired by the support that has been shown for our program by students, fans, friends, alumni and the media.
We still have a great deal of work to before departing for San Diego, but we’d like to extend a most heartfelt thank you to those that have worked so hard to provide Louisiana Tech with this opportunity and who have and continue to support us each and every day.
Happy Holidays and GO DAWGS!
Louisiana Tech Administration