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Monday, February 8, 2010
La. Tech QB arrested for DWI

By Graham Watson

Louisiana Tech starting quarterback Ross Jenkins was arrested for driving while intoxicated early Sunday morning.

Jenkins was stopped at a sobriety checkpoint operated by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. According to the Monroe News-Star, Jenkins' blood alcohol level was .228, almost three times the legal limit.

Newly named head coach Sonny Dykes issued a statement Monday morning: “I am deeply disappointed that this has happened. This will be handled by the judicial system and we will discipline Ross internally within our program.”

This isn’t a good way for Jenkins to start off his relationship with a new head coach, especially since Jenkins doesn’t exactly fit into Dykes spread offense system.

All spots are going to be open when spring ball begins, including the quarterback position. The Bulldogs have four other quarterbacks on their roster and added a freshman in this year’s recruiting class.

Dykes is currently in the process of finding a new offensive coordinator to execute the Bulldogs’ offensive transition after former coordinator Frank Scelfo left to be the quarterbacks coach at Arizona. Middle Tennessee offensive coordinator Tony Franklin is on campus Monday to interview for the position.

Louisiana Tech also hired Rob Likens as its new wide receivers coach Monday. Likens spent the past four seasons as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Central Connecticut State. Central Connecticut State was the Northeast Conference’s top-ranked offense all four years he coached at the school.

Louisiana Tech also announced that offensive line coach Pete Perot and special-teams coach Mark Tommerdahl will be retained in their current positions, and Stan Eggan will be retained as the new defensive line coach.