Bicknell fired after eight seasons at Louisiana Tech

RUSTON, La. -- Louisiana Tech fired football coach Jack
Bicknell on Monday following a 3-10 season.

Bicknell leaves after eight seasons and an overall record of

"It was a good ride," Bicknell said. "We battled extremely
hard and did the very best we could every single day. This team
never backed down from anybody. We took on all comers all of the

The school will buy out the remaining two years of his contract.
The contract was extended by two years last January, and the school
said then that his base salary was $150,000 per year.

"This was a very difficult decision," Tech athletic director
Jim Oakes said in a news release. "Jack Bicknell has led this
football program with class and integrity. He is an outstanding
coach who has achieved success here. Unfortunately, a change has to
be made with the direction of our football program."

During his tenure at Tech, Bicknell led the Bulldogs to the
program's first Associated Press Top 25 ranking in 1999 when the
program went 8-3 and recorded a 29-28 win over No. 18 Alabama, the
eventual SEC Champion.

Two years later, Bicknell led Tech to the 2001 Western Athletic
Conference championship and an appearance in the Humanitarian Bowl.

"This is very difficult for me because coach Bicknell is the
reason I came here," said junior linebacker Quin Harris. "It's
very difficult to take, knowing how much I respect him as not just
a coach, but as a person. He's made a huge impact on my life, both
athletically and as a person."