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Sonny Dykes and Gary Patterson

Sonny Dykes and Louisiana Tech struggled early in the season, starting 1 - 4 before rattling off 7 straight take the WAC title and finishing 8 - 4. On Wednesday, Louisiana Tech will take on Gary Patterson and TCU in the San Diego Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.

Dykes and Patterson have known each other for many years, dating back to when Dykes was the receivers coach at Texas Tech and Patterson was beginning to turn around the TCU program.

Last December Patterson invited Dykes to visit campus as the Horned Frogs were preparing for the Rose Bowl against Wisconsin. Dykes took the opportunity to study how Patterson ran his program behind the scenes and use that to help them improve on their 5 - 7 record in his first season as the head coach at Tech.

"The thing I wanted to do was evaluate the way they practiced, watch the way other people practice, and the way the coaches interact with each other, and how the players interact with the coaches" Dykes said.

Louisiana Tech and TCU will kickoff Wednesday at 8 on ESPN.

Mark Hudspeth

Mark Hudspeth and his Ragin' Cajuns finished off a very nice season on Saturday. Louisiana Lafayette lead for most of the game, but needed a 50 yard field goal as time expired to beat San Diego State in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl on Saturday. The Ragin' Cajuns racked up an impressive 568 yards of total offense, with nearly 500 coming through the air.

With the win, the Ragin' Cajuns finish up 9-4 with their 4 losses all coming on the road against Oklahoma State, Arizona, Western Kentucky and Arkansas State. Hudspeth's team was picked by most to finish at or near the bottom of the Sun Belt. 

The victory marked the first bowl win in decades for Louisiana Lafayette football. Congratulations to Coach Hudspeth and the rest of the staff on a big program win.

Monday Night Football

Monday Night Football on tonight, and then we'll have at least one game the rest of the week, except Friday.

All times are eastern.

NFL:

Pittsburgh at San Francisco - 8:30 - ESPN 

College:

No games.

High School:

No games.


Sunday TV

NFL action today.

All times are eastern.

NFL:

Carolina at Houston - 1 - FOX

Washington at NY Giants - 1 - FOX

Miami at Buffalo - 1 - CBS

Seattle at Chicago - 1 - FOX

New Orleans at Minnesota - 1 - FOX

Cincinnati at St. Louis - 1 - CBS

Tennessee at Indianapolis - 1 - CBS

Green Bay at Kansas City - 1 - FOX

Detroit at Oakland - 4:05 - FOX

New England at Denver - 4:15 - CBS

NY Jets at Philadelphia - 4:15 - CBS

Cleveland at Arizona - 4:15 - CBS

Baltimore at San Diego - 8:20 - NBC

College:

No games.

High School:

No games.

Coach speak: Stanford DBs coach Derek Mason

Stanford has done a great job all season highlighting their coaches, and we have featured a couple of their "Coach Speak" videos already.

The video below with co-defensive coordinator / defensive backs coach Derek Mason has some good coaching points in it, and then cuts to some raw practice film where it shows the coaching points in action.

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