Luke McCown

Luke McCown, former Jacksonville High School and Louisiana Tech Hall of Fame quarterback, will join the Louisiana Tech Tech Radio Network this fall as the sideline reporter for some of the Bulldogs’ games

Luke McCown, former Jacksonville High School and Louisiana Tech Hall of Fame quarterback, will join the Louisiana Tech Tech Radio Network this fall as the sideline reporter for some of the Bulldogs’ games, the school announced on Wednesday.

McCown, a 2017 inductee into the Louisiana Tech Athletics Hall of Fame, will team up with Dave Nitz and Teddy Allen on the majority of Bulldog home games, starting with the Sept. 7 opener against Grambling State in Ruston, Lousiana. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.

The Jacksonville native starred for the Bulldogs from 2000-2003, passing for almost 13,000 yards and 88 touchdowns. He ranks No. 1 in program history in passing yards and No. 2 in touchdowns. He spent 13 years in the NFL after being selected in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. McCown also played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Atlanta Falcons and New Orleans Saints.

Nitz begins his 46th year as the Voice of the Bulldogs, recently joining the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame as the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award in Sports Journalism. The Milton, West Virginia, native — a 2010 inductee into the Louisiana Tech Athletics Hall of Fame — has called more than 3,000 LA Tech sporting events during his broadcast career.

Allen begins his ninth season in the booth, serving as the color analyst for Bulldog football. The 1982 Tech journalism graduate is a well-known, highly-read award-winning journalist having covered local sports for Shreveport, Monroe and New Orleans during his career.

Associate AD for Communications Malcolm Butler will serve as the sideline reporter for the Bulldogs road games during the season. Butler served as the sideline reporter for four seasons (2013-16) and enters his 21st year as the play-by-play voice for the Lady Techster basketball and softball programs.

Other Bulldog home games include: Sept. 20 vs. Florida International, 7 p.m.; Oct. 12 vs. Massachusetts, 6 p.m.; Oct. 19 vs. Southern Mississippi, 2:30 p.m.; Nov. 19 vs. North Texas, 3 p.m.; and Nov. 30 vs. UT San Antonio, 2:30 p.m.

Louisiana Tech road games include: Aug. 31 vs. Texas in Austin, 7 p.m.; Sept. 14. vs. Bowling Green in Bowling Green, Ohio, 4 p.m.; Sept. 28 vs. Rice in Houston, 6 p.m.; Oct. 26 vs. UT El Paso in El Paso, 7 p.m.; Nov. 15 vs. Marshall in Huntington, West Virginia, 6 p.m.; and Nov. 23 vs. Alabama-Birmingham in Birmingham, Alabama, TBA.

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I am a native Tylerite and I grew up reading the Tyler Morning Telegraph and The Tyler Courier-Times. My parents took both the morning and afternoon papers. I came to work here 35 years ago at the age of 23, right after college.

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