Back at the 2017 CUSA Media Days, Yours Truly went to Irving and interviewed Josiah Tuaefa and then WR Josh Stewart of the UTSA Roadrunners. After discussion tacos and places to eat in San Antonio, the discussion of rivalries came up. Interestingly, they mentioned Louisiana Tech — at least to me. Later, they talked up the UNT-UTSA thing in other quotes.
As there was no CUSA Report for this kind of discussion, I posted it on UD. Here it be:
Before anyone can concentrate on the future of the program, there is still the 2017 season to play. Louisiana Tech is still the class of the division and any hopes for a CUSA championship have to deal with the boys from Ruston. Interestingly the Bulldog squad is the closest thing to a rival to these two guys.
“They are a great program, but yeah that’s probably one game that I circle” said Josiah conservatively, quickly looking at his teammate and smirking. Neither wanted to say much beyond that, and instead complimented the LT program. Do they feel like they’ve closed the gap on them even the slightest margin?
“Yeah definitely, just continuing to get better every day and build toward our goals.”
That is what will have to do for a rivalry in this division. As Sean Kugler said about the r-word: “Over the years rivalries develop. They develop naturally and I can see it with all the Texas teams.” At least for UTSA, that might include the Louisiana school, also.