Nor is it a disadvantage to be married to the school's admissions director—which Lewis is—or to have strong support for your program in the office of Tech President Dr. F. Jay Taylor.
Dr. Taylor knows the country roads that lead to prospects' doors, and he knows the sophisticated chambers of the state government where financial support for the school's impressive athletic facilities can be rallied. "He's a wheeler-dealer," said another assistant coach proudly.
Louisiana Tech's football success can now be understood: God is on its side and so is the governor.
Delaware, the tallest of the smalls the last two seasons, must replace 15 starters in its quest for an unprecedented third straight national championship and sixth straight Lambert Cup. The "skill positions" in the Blue Hens' wing-T are secure with the return of Quarterback Scotty Reihm, who passed and ran for 1,021 yards last season, and Running Backs Vern Roberts (706 yards rushing) and Blair Caviness (525 yards). Losses in the offensive line and on defense were heavy, but Coach Tubby Raymond has a way of making do.
Ashland College also went unbeaten last year (11-0) with an offense that averaged 32 points per game and a defense that allowed a nation's-best 5.6. Nine defenders return, as does Lou Groza's son Jeff, the field-goal specialist. Groza made nine of 15 attempts last fall and was the sixth leading small-college kick scorer with 66 points.
The longest winning streak in the country belongs to Division II member Bridgeport, 11-0 last year and looking for its 22nd in a row.