Thursday, December 8, 2016

Thursday, December 8th Sports Stuff

Make room for more hardware in the Louisiana Tech football facility. Conference USA doled out their MVP Awards Wednesday, and the Bulldogs made a haul.

Head Coach, Skip Holtz was named the CUSA Coach of the Year after guiding his team to an 8-5 record, a division title and a bowl game in what was supposed to be a rebuilding year. The veteran coach picks up a $25,000 bonus for winning the award. Holtz also calls the offensive plays for a unit that produce a pair of league honorees.

Quarterback Ryan Higgins, who threw for 4,208 yards and 37 touchdowns, claimed the conference MVP. The Bulldogs senior was suspended for the opening game against Arkansas, so he compiled his MVP numbers in 12 games. The award caps off a career that certainly tested the QB’s resolve. After starting for Holtz in 2013, Higgins was passed over for the starting gig the last two years and watched freshman J’Mar Smith nearly lead Tech to a season opening upset at Arkansas. Once he settled into the position, he lit up opposing defenses, throwing for over 300 yards six times and topping 500 yards twice.

One of Higgins’ two top targets, Wide Receiver Carlos Henderson, double-dipped at the Trophy Shop. The junior wide receiver was named the conference’s Offensive Player of the Year as well as Special Teams Player of the Year. The speedster accounted for 17 touchdowns with 1,406 yards receiving. As a kick returner, all Henderson did was average just over 30 yards per return with two touchdowns. For good measure, Henderson also rushed for a pair of touchdowns.

Tech takes on Navy in the Armed Forces Bowl on Friday, December 23rd in Fort Worth. For getting his team to a bowl game, Holtz will pocket an additional $25,000 bonus.

In a matinee affair inside the Thomas Assembly Center Wednesday, the Lady Techsters were clipped at the buzzer by Stephen F. Austin, 60-58.

The Ladyjacks trailed by as many as 17 points in the third quarter to the hostesses in Ruston before Taylor Ross capped the furious comeback with a one-handed runner off the glass at the buzzer to win it. The Techsters committed 23 turnovers, 15 in the second half.

LSU tops the charts for total compensation among college football staffs in the country for the fifth straight year according to USA Today. LSU assistants will receive a total of $5,781,500 in compensation this year.

Defensive coordinator Dave Aranda tops the crew with a $1,325,000 haul. Aranda received a new contract this week, bumping his 2017 salary to $1.85 Million and his pay the next year to $1.9 million, making him the highest paid assistant coach in college football. Former offensive coordinator, Cam Cameron, dismissed with head coach Les Miles four games into the season, was paid $1,211,,000.

Clemson’s staff finished second in the money race followed by Alabama and Texas A&M.