The spread offense is coming to Ruston in a big way. Sonny Dykes, who spent the past three seasons as offensive coordinator at Arizona, is the Bulldogs' new coach. Dykes has been around the spread for a long time, but he learned many of its nuances while working under Mike Leach for seven seasons. One of Dykes' first hires was Tony Franklin, who will be the offensive coordinator. Franklin spent last season at Middle Tennessee State after what will probably be remembered as his coaching low — a failed half-season as Auburn's offensive coordinator. It might take a couple of seasons, but Dykes and Franklin should be a formidable team. The two worked together in the late-1990s at Kentucky.
As a run-up to the start of the season, the Wiz will display one
poster each day until our supply is exhausted. Last year, the site
displayed 69 posters.
Then we turn it over to readers, who will vote on the poster of the
year. In the meantime, send your team's poster schedule to jayzuma (at)
gmail.com. Thanks to Malcolm!
The Wiz is happy to present the 10 finalists for Readers' Choice Poster of the Year.
Each of these teams have survived a rugged primary to reach this point, and now it's your turn to select a winner. Voting will close on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at midnight (Eastern). You get only one vote. Repeat voters are blocked by IP address.
The finalists: Iowa State, Texas Tech, Michigan State, Louisiana Tech,
Middle Tennessee, Penn State, Oklahoma, Georgia Tech, USC and
Mississippi. View all of the finalists after the jump and click an
image for a closer view.
The Bulldogs are coming off their first bowl victory since 1977 and with 16 returning starters, a second consecutive bowl appearance is likely. Coach Derek Dooley, a former assistant under Nick Saban at Louisiana State and the Miami Dolphins, is also the athletic director, the only Division I-A coach to carry both titles. The nonconference schedule is challenging outside of a home game against Division I-AA Nicholls State, with Louisiana Tech traveling to Auburn, Navy and LSU. Thanks to Malcom!