he contrast between coaching searches held over the past couple of years for new head football coaches at UL-Lafayette, LSU and even Southeastern Louisiana University is stark for those following along.
On the one hand you have a thorough, well-conducted search for a new head coach for the Ragin’ Cajuns conducted by athletic director Bryan Maggard in the wake of the dismissal of Mark Hudspeth following a downturn in team fortunes.
Louisiana-Lafayette hires Billy Napier as football coach
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Louisiana-Lafayette hired Arizona State offensive coordinator Billy Napier as football coach Friday.
Napier replaced Mark Hudspeth, fired after the Ragin' Cajuns finished 5-7 this season. On Thursday, Hudspeth joined Mississippi State as associate head coach and tight ends coach.
Louisiana-Lafayette fires Hudspeth after 7 seasons as coach
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Louisiana-Lafayette has fired coach Mark Hudspeth, one day after a season-ending 63-14 loss at Appalachian State that prevented the Cajuns from becoming bowl eligible.
ULL Athletic Director Bryan Maggard, who announced the move on Sunday, says he has appointed assistant coach Michael Desormeaux as acting director of the Cajuns' football program while the university begins the search process for its next head coach.
LAFAYETTE — Levi Lewis will be the man under center this week for the Louisiana-Lafayette football team, and possibly for the next three seasons.
The true freshman out of Scotlandville High was the surprise starter in last week’s 19-14 victory at the University of South Alabama. Lewis completed eight of 15 passes for 110 yards and two touchdowns, which included a 54-yard pass to Michael Jacquet, and ran the ball 18 times for 129 yards.
Texas A&M rallies to beat Louisiana-Lafayette 45-21
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Texas A&M needed a second-half comeback to defeat Louisiana-Lafayette 45-21 on Saturday at Kyle Field.
The Ragin' Cajuns (1-2) led 21-14 at halftime before the Aggies scored 31 consecutive points en route to the victory, one preserving embattled coach Kevin Sumlin's job for at least another week.
"We just talked about that in the locker room, that we were like two different teams," Sumlin said of the Aggies' Jekyll and Hyde showing. "We're a work in progress."
La.-Lafayette insists team closer after offseason turmoil
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth and his players subscribe to the notion that offseason turbulence that included 13 arrests has brought the team closer and made it stronger.
"Life gives you the test first and the lesson second," Hudspeth explained recently as his team neared the start of fall camp. "These young men have learned an awful lot and I think they're going to be better men for it and I know our team is much better for it because we've come together."
4 ULL players punished for anti-Trump rap profanity, gesture
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana university football coach has disciplined four players in response to a locker room video showing members of the team dancing and signing the lyrics of a profane rap song.
The Advertiser reports (http://bit.ly/2ePrAPd) the song by YG and Nipsey Hussle is called FDT "F--- Donald Trump" and the video was made sometime shortly before Tuesday's election in which Trump was elected president.
Louisiana-Lafayette assistant fired after loss in opener
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Louisiana-Lafayette fired defensive coordinator Melvin Smith on Sunday, a day after a season-opening 45-10 loss to Boise State.
Ragin' Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth said linebackers coach Mike Lucas will be the defensive coordinator for the remainder of the season.
Louisiana-Lafayette seeks resurgence after 2015 ‘speed bump’
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — It took Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth five years on the job to finally experience a losing season. Hudspeth asserts it was an aberration. The Ragin' Cajuns will have a shot to prove him right soon enough.
"I have never been 4-8 in my career as a head coach and I never plan on it again," Hudspeth said. "It is hard to get to the top and it is hard to stay at the top.
Louisiana-Lafayette signs ex-LSU QB Anthony Jennings
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Former LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings has signed a grant-in-aid to play for the University of Louisiana-Lafayette in the 2016 season.
Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth said Thursday that Jennings has one season of eligibility remaining.
Jennings went 9-4 as LSU's starter, mostly as a sophomore in 2014, when he led the Tigers' offense during an Outback Bowl victory over Iowa. Last season, however, he lost the starting job to Brandon...