LA Tech Football Spends Holidays as a Family

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(DALLAS, TEX.) – Family was the theme for the Louisiana Tech football team on Christmas Eve. There were presents, a holiday meal and time spent with the closest thing resembling brothers you can imagine.

While both Louisiana Tech and Illinois have been hard at work prepping to face off in the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl, which will be played at Noon CT on Friday at the Cotton Bowl, the Bulldogs had the opportunity to wrap up a week full of bowl activities by sitting down for dinner as a family on Christmas Eve.

There was even a moment reserved for opening presents on Wednesday night as players exchanged gifts after drawing names earlier in the week with the only requirement being a $10 purchasing limit.

Head coach Skip Holtz said while it is difficult time of the year to be away from family, the players and coaches have had the opportunity to come together as a unit and celebrate the holiday season prior to the Bulldogs’ bowl game on Friday.

“It’s always hard to be away from your family (during the holidays),” Holtz said. “These players have made great sacrifices to get here. They understand it will be an opportunity to spend time with our second family which is us. We have some things planned for Christmas Eve and Christmas day as a football team. We will get a chance to spend some quality time and have a gift exchange and do some of those things. Christmas will be nice especially with the great gifts the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl is providing for these players.”

The Bulldogs also received their bowl gifts on Christmas Eve, courtesy of the Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl, which included a backpack, a Zaxby’s beanie and a commemorative football.

Richard Greenwalt, a senior offensive lineman for LA Tech, said spending time with his teammates and having the opportunity to enjoy all of the bowl activities leading up to Christmas has been the highlight of the week for the Bulldogs.

“Dallas is a good place to be for a lot of the time because of a lot of their families will be here,” Greenwalt said. “It will be good spending time with the team. This is my last go around. It’s going to be nice spending it with these guys. I’ve created a great bond with a lot of them. I love them all and they are like my second family.”

LA Tech will now turn its focus to Friday’s Zaxby’s Heart of Dallas Bowl at Noon CT at the Cotton Bowl where the Bulldogs will compete against the Fighting Illini from Illinois for the trophy.

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