Skip Holtz’s first season as head coach of the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs was a disaster, given the season they just came off of. But that’s been the story of the Bulldogs for the past six years.
Since 2007, when the Bulldogs hired Derek Dooley, they have had four losing seasons and three winning seasons. Perhaps the inconsistency is due to the inconsistency in head coach hiring. They’ve gone from one who was more of a CEO than a football coach in
Dooley, one who brought in the air raid offense in Sonny Dykes, and now another offensive mind who believes in slowing it down to protect the defense in Holtz. Three different styles are inevitably going to bring growing pains, but each head coach made it to a bowl game in their second season.
And last year’s team, lead by an offensive head coach, had a terrible offense. The Bulldogs averaged slightly less than 20 points per game, which was 113th in the country. With a defense that wasn’t great but decent, giving up 26 points per game, that was enough to stumble to 4-8.
It should be noted that Holtz’s first team also only returned three starters on offense, and it was the school’s inaugural season in the Conference USA. With his new system more firmly established this year, and some returning talent, there is a little bit to look forward to.
However, he’ll have to replace some talent up front on both sides of the ball, and his players will need to show more consistency throughout the season.
Quarterback play will also have to improve.