Joe Schad @schadjoe 13m Louisiana Tech AD Bruce Van De Velde is out. Recall that Tech was shut out from bowl last season despite 9-3 record.
Effective July 1 - sounds like he was forced out. http://www.shreveporttimes.com/artic...letic-director
aww. Now he'll have more time to post on CF and set us all straight on what "really happened" during his tenure.
I'll never forget when he was my seat mate on a flight from Atlanta to Des Moines, and he actually pulled out his budget to show me what he had to work with. It was a somewhat uncomfortable flight.
If I ever met Bruce Van De Velde, I would spit on him. I think LA Tech fans must feel the same way.
Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.
I was upset about something and emailed him once but I did my very best to be civil. He responded and challenged me to a fight, no joke.
Somewhere LE is toasting a nice cold frothy O'Dules.
I was upset about something and emailed him once but I did my very best to be civil. He responded and challenged me to a fight, no joke.[/QUOTE]
Same thing pretty much happened to me. After the whole LE scandal, I emailed him and expressed that I disagreed on how he handled the whole situation and stated that I would not be a season ticket holder in any sport until he was no longer the AD. Let me also say that I am by no means a big donor, just a very loyal fan and ticket holder. I did stick to my promise and discontinued all ticket sales until he was fired. Bruce called me on Father's Day and pretty much wanted to argue with me for over 45 minutes that he was not wrong and had not made any mistakes regarding the LE situation. I just couldn't believe that he was taking this much time to talk to me. Finally I ended the conversation by saying to him that someday when he makes a mistake in life I hope that his superiors have more compassion for him and are more forgiving that what he showed LE. His response "I don't make mistakes."
In the words of Paul Harvey......page two!!
I don't recall his exact words but he basically said come say that to my face and see what happens to you. I posted his response on one of the CF predecessor boards and it caused a minor uproar at the time.
Can't say that this is surprising. He made one of the bigger mistakes ever by an AD in letting his 9-3 team not go to a bowl. It is wonderfully ironic that we ended up being a beneficiary from his mistake!
While at ISU, I met with Bvdv on multiple occassions about casting a bronze statue to commemorate Cael Sanderson's accomplishments (159-0 and still at ISU). While the statue idea may look like a bust in hindsight, Bruce wasn't willing to invest in capturing the spirit and the excitement.
The man has no vision and couldn't sell ice water to people in hell.