JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - New Orleans Bowl media day Thursday revealed a connection between Louisiana Tech's head coach and The Natural State.
Louisiana Tech Head Coach Skip Holtz actually grew up in Arkansas.
He went to school in the state from 7th grade into high school.
He even attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.
Holtz said this is a great opportunity to play a team he was familiar with while growing up.
He said he knows it will be a good matchup for this bowl game.
"I am very familiar with Arkansas State and many of the areas and since coming back to Northern Louisiana and getting the chance to recruit out of Arkansas," Holtz said.
Holtz said his team will be preparing for the big game over the next few days.
The Bulldogs practiced at Tulane Thursday. Both teams will get a chance to practice in the superdome Friday.
Holtz is not the only Arkansas connection that his team has though.
Kenneth Dickson, a star running back from Louisiana Tech and A-State quarterback Freddi Knighten actually played football against each other in high school.
Dixon is from Arkansas and played football for Strong High School.
"Fredi is a great guy," Dixon said. "He's got that offense rolling over there, powerful offense. I mean, they score a lot of points and he's their leader. I knew he was a great high school player and I knew he'd be a great college player."
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