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Louisiana Tech will not play in a bowl game this season after finishing 9-3 and turning down an invitation to play in the AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl, a source told ESPN.
"Louisiana Tech was offered a bid Saturday to play Louisiana Monroe," an Indepedence Bowl official told ESPN. "They turned it down."
Athletic director Bruce Van De Velde told The Associated Press that Independence Bowl organizers offered a spot in their game on Saturday afternoon, but the Bulldogs had other possible options still available to them. Van De Velde said he asked the Independence Bowl for more time to make a decision, but was told by game organizers that they could not wait.
The Bulldogs finished third in the Western Athletic Conference, which has only one bowl tie-in. That went to champion Utah State. San Jose State, which finished second, will play in the Military Bowl Presented By Northrop Grumman.
Louisiana Tech said it was in line to play in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl, but when Oklahoma missed out on the BCS, it caused a chain reaction that pushed Iowa State out of the Heart of Dallas Bowl and into the Liberty Bowl in the Bulldogs' place.
Louisiana Tech is leaving the WAC to join Conference USA, which has five bowl tie-ins, next season. The WAC will no longer sponsor football after this season.
NBA legend Karl Malone ripped his alma mater on Twitter.
"I am Bulldog to the core, I am heart broken and embarrassed that our university would do this to Tech Nation. To our football and staff this ... is exactly what is wrong with our university. Now it's time to get former athletes to run our program. I'm (6-foot-9) and not hard to find," Malone wrote.
Malone demanded to know the reason behind turning down the Independence Bowl and called for a change in leadership.
"Wouldn't it be nice to hire a person doing it for university, and not somebody doing it for a bigger and better job in their mind?" he wrote.
"To Bleed tech Blue, you got to be Tech."
Also, a La Tech senior tweeted the Athletic Director calling him an idiot.
NIU making the BCS bowl screwed a lot of teams
Karl is bout to roll up in his 18 wheeler and start kicking ass
fsufsu said... I've got about 10 great stories on Lane but all you need to know is he will never be a loser, that's for sure.
Karl Malone don't play. That AD will probably be under lock and key out of fear of the mailman.
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