Team preview: Louisiana Tech

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Louisiana Tech officials were so impressed with coach Derek Dooley's first year in Ruston that they gave him control of the entire athletic department.

Dooley is the only coach in the Football Bowl Subdivision who doubles as his school's athletic director.

"It's just one of those things that happened," Dooley said, at a loss to explain why he would want so much responsibility. "I'm excited about where we're headed. I feel like we have the right vision for what we want to do. It's just a matter of going out and getting it done."

Dooley was hired to succeed Jim Oakes, who resigned effective at the end of June.

"It's been really taxing this time of year," Dooley said in the spring. "This is normally the time of year when you take a break. I haven't been able to do that, but that's OK."

Dooley won't handle the day-to-day operations of the athletic department. He hired former Iowa State and Utah State athletic director Bruce Van De Velde for that, giving him the title of chief operating officer/deputy director.

"One thing I don't want to do is compromise my commitment to the football team," Dooley said. "I told my team that is something I won't do. In order to do that, you have to have some good, competent people around you."