Lance Armstrong is one of the most successful athletes in the world. He’s also among the most controversial. Now, you might see him hanging out around a Division I college football program. Lance Armstrong’s son Luke Armstrong is walking on at Rice.
Luke Armstrong will play offensive line for the Owls. He joins the program from one of the better high school teams in Texas, at Westlake High School in Austin. Armstrong was an all-district player for the team this past year. The family had a signing ceremony on Wednesday.
Lance Armstrong’s son is listed as a 6-foot-3, 250-pound guard.
The famous cyclist posted to Instagram about his son’s decision. From Wednesday:
He’s clearly a proud father. Lance Armstrong’s full Instagram message:
Woot woot! Hey @riceuniversity, here comes your next student/athlete @luke_armstrong65 ! So incredibly proud of my son and the young man he’s become. He’s a great friend, teammate, and brother to his 4 siblings. I canNOT wait for the next chapter. Love you Luke!! #riceowls #ricefootball
Rice is one of the top academic schools that competes at the FBS level. The Houston-based university plays in Conference USA.
It has been a rough few years on the field for the Owls. After a 1-11 2017 campaign, head coach David Bailiff was fired after 11 years with the program.
He was 57-80 overall, with a 40-48 record in Conference USA play. Bailiff made four bowl games at Rice, with three straight from 2012-14, including a 10-4 season in 2013.
The team was just 9-27 since that three-year bowl streak. Former Stanford associate head coach and offensive coordinator Mike Bloomgren takes over the Owls ahead of the 2018 season. He served on David Shaw’s staff from 2011-17. With Lance Armstrong’s son on the roster, he’ll have one legendary athlete hanging around the program.