La Tech A.D. Van De Velde stepping down

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RUSTON, La. (AP) — Louisiana Tech Athletic Director Bruce Van De Velde says he is stepping down.

Van de Velde, who made the announcement Thursday, has yet to share reasons for his decision. His resignation, effective Monday, comes at the end of an academic year in which the Bulldogs' football team missed out on a bowl game despite a nine-win season, and then lost coach Sonny Dykes, who left to coach California.

The Bulldogs were left out of college football's post season after Van De Velde declined to quickly accept an invitation from the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, holding out for other opportunities that never materialized.

Dykes left soon after Van De Velde said publicly he would not get into a bidding war to keep the coach and suggested that Cal consider another candidate.

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