The Final Score Archives

Cajundome ‘a giant mess’ as massive renovations continue

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK -- Cajundome Operations Director Phil Ashurst talks about renovation progress Thursday, June 30, 2016, at the Cajundome in Lafayette, La.

LAFAYETTE — The interior of the Cajundome is almost unrecognizable for those who have seen an event there at some point in the arena’s 31 years, and that has made Cajundome operations manager Phil Ashurst a happy man. “We’re right on schedule, maybe a couple days ahead… Continue reading →

Source: Anthony Jennings in early stages of transfer to Cajuns, nothing official yet

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings (10) talks during warmups Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Miss.

LAFAYETTE — Former LSU quarterback Anthony Jennings is in the early stages of seeking a transfer to Louisiana-Lafayette, but nothing official is yet in place according to a source familiar with the situation. The Cajuns are still actively recruiting Jennings, and conversations have taken place regarding Jennings’ potential course work as a graduate student with the Cajuns.… Continue reading →

Ascension Episcopal outfielder Jeffrey Elkins commits to Louisiana-Lafayette

Jeff Elkins, Ascension Episcopal baseball player and UL-Lafayette commitment

Once of the luxuries of being a prospective college baseball player in Lafayette is the emergence of Louisiana-Lafayette’s program. The Ragin’ Cajuns have evolved into a national-caliber brand highlighted by consecutive NCAA super regional appearances over the 2014-15 seasons and came up a game shy of a third straight appearance this season.… Continue reading →

Former USC guard Malik Marquetti to transfer to Ragin’ Cajuns

LAFAYETTE — Former Southern California guard Malik Marquetti was looking to make a basketball decision when it came to his future. On Monday, the former Trojans captain made that decision: Marquetti will continue his playing career at Louisiana-Lafayette. “It was the best basketball decision for me,” Marquetti said. “I felt like the program will help me… Continue reading →

Report: Shawn Long signs with the Philadelphia 76ers

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Louisiana-Lafayette's Shawn Long drives between Bobcat defenders Emani Gant, left, and Ojai Black, right, on Thursday at the Cajundome.

LAFAYETTE — It came a day later than he might’ve been hoping for, but Shawn Long has found a home. The former Louisiana-Lafayette big man agreed to a two-year partially guaranteed contract with the Philadelphia 76ers Friday. Long was not selected in Thursday’s NBA draft. Long did not immediately respond to a… Continue reading →

St. Augustine’s Jeremiah West becomes sixth commitment in Cajuns 2017 class

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- East St. John's Raysean Williams (17) makes the catch for the score while being covered by St. Augustine's Jeremiah West (6) during the Airo 7v7 Louisiana State Championships, Friday, June 26, 2015, at East Ascension High School in Gonzales.

LAFAYETTE — The Louisiana-Lafayette football team picked up its sixth commitment for its 2017 signing class in St. Augustine cornerback Jeremiah West Friday. The 6-foot-1 West announced his commitment on Twitter Friday afternoon. According to the recruiting service 247Sports, West also held scholarship offers from Tulane and Arkansas. Of the six commitments in the… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns star Shawn Long goes unselected in NBA draft

Advocate photo by PAUL KIEU -- Louisiana-Lafayette forward Shawn Long attempts to drive past Appalachian State Mountaineers forward Michael Obacha (4) during the first half of an NCAA men's basketball game on January 2, 2016, at the Cajundome in Lafayette.

LAFAYETTE — Former Louisiana-Lafayette star Shawn Long was not selected in Thursday’s NBA draft. Going into the draft, the 6-foot-11 forward was considered a possible late second-round pick. Long decided last April to return for his senior season and wrapped up his four-year career as arguably the most productive player in Ragin’… Continue reading →

Central Catholic safety/outside linebacker Ja’len Johnson commits to UL-Lafayette

LAFAYETTE — When deciding where to play college football, Central Catholic’s Ja’len Johnson was looking for somewhere that felt like home. He had scholarship offers from just about everywhere in the state and a few more from outside Louisiana, but it was Louisiana-Lafayette that fit just right. Johnson became the fifth commitment… Continue reading →

NBA draft: UL-Lafayette’s Shawn Long ‘just hoping for the best’

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK --  University of Louisiana at Lafayette forward Shawn Long drives to the basket during an NCAA basketball game against Louisiana College Friday, November 13, 2015, at the Cajundome in Lafayette, La.

LAFAYETTE — Hopefully Shawn Long signed up for frequent flyer miles. The former Louisiana-Lafayette big man conducted private workouts with half of the NBA’s 30 franchises, many of which were backloaded into the final few weeks before Thursday’s NBA draft. Just last week, he visited four teams in a grueling cross-country stretch. “I had… Continue reading →

Cajuns shocked by death of basketball signee Williams

247Sports photo -- Herman Williams

Shock and disbelief were the first two reactions from members of UL-Lafayette’s basketball team late Monday night when they received word of the sudden death of Ragin’ Cajuns signee Herman Williams. “I had just finished tutoring and looked at my phone and saw a group message,” junior guard Frank Bartley IV said. “I just… Continue reading →

Cajuns glad they created post for Josten Crow, who was hired to replace assistant basketball coach Gus Hauser

As much as assistant coach Gus Hauser will be missed, Louisiana-Lafayette men’s basketball coach Bob Marlin his staff’s transition should be an easy one. That’s because Marlin created a post for Josten Crow last summer, and now the former small forward who played under Marlin at Sam Houston State is in line to fill the post created by… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns sports year in review: The teams’ most grandiose of goals weren’t met, but this definitely was a dominant season

Louisiana-Lafayette forward Shawn Long, center, reacts after he was unable to catch a pass in front of UCLA guards Noah Allen, left, and Aaron Holiday, right, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo)

LAFAYETTE — Assigning a rating for the past year of Louisiana-Lafayette athletics depends on your perspective. On the surface, it was a success. Four of the five major teams — men’s and women’s basketball, softball and baseball — reached the postseason, and those four teams had a cumulative record of 133-55.… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns signee Handsome Monica says he’ll turn down the Braves and come to school

Both of the drafted players in UL-Lafayette’s baseball signing class have now announced their intentions to enroll in school and delay a potential professional career. Catcher Handsome Monica, a Mandeville native who was picked in the 33rd round of last week’s Major League Baseball draft by the Atlanta Braves, posted on his Twitter account Friday that he will… Continue reading →

Louisiana-Lafayette picks up commitments from quarterback Kadon Harrison, safety Shawn Shamburger

With the groundwork of scholarship offers being extended, the school’s first on-campus camp and unofficial visits ongoing, Louisiana-Lafayette’s football program continued to reap the benefits on the recruiting trail. The Ragin’ Cajuns added a pair of commitments Friday with pledges from quarterback Kadon Harrison of Port Arthur, Texas-Memorial and safety Shawn Shamburger of Theodore, Alabama. UL-Lafayette… Continue reading →

Cajuns basketball assistant coach Gus Hauser is leaving the program after three seasons, school announces

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Ragin Cajuns guard Johnathan Stove (22), assistant coach Gus Hauser and forward Shawn Long celebrate during a Sun Belt tournament game against Texas State at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans on Friday, March 13, 2015.

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette men’s basketball assistant coach Gus Hauser is leaving the program to help run a family business in his native Kentucky, the school announced Friday night. Hauser, a native of Barbourville, Kentucky, spent three seasons with the Ragin’ Cajuns after stints at Wofford, Coastal Carolina, Louisiana-Monroe, New Mexico State and Louisville. During Hauser’s 13 years… Continue reading →

Archie Manning receives honor in Lafayette

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Dale Kelly, left, and Noah Kelly, 12, center, from Eagle Scout Troop 55 out of Broussard, meet football legend Archie Manning on Wednesday at the Doubletree by Hilton. Manning was attending a luncheon at the hotel, during which he was honored with the Distinguished Citizen Award by the Evangeline Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Around 300 Lafayette community business leaders gathered to honor former New Orleans Saints quarterback Archie Manning on Wednesday as he received the Evangeline Area Council Boy Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award at the Doubletree Hotel in Lafayette. “I’m really humbled and honored,” Manning said. “Scouting has done great work for many generations, and I… Continue reading →

Sun Belt basketball tournament changes format; event will stay in New Orleans

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP University of Louisiana at Lafayette guard Jay Wright (1) shoots while being guarded by Arkansas Little Rock  forward Mareik Isom (14) during their  semi-final game Saturday March 12, 2016 in the Sun Belt Men's Basketball Tournament at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans.

LAFAYETTE — The Sun Belt Conference basketball tournament will change its format to include each of its members and will also remain in New Orleans through 2019, the league announced Wednesday. New Orleans, which is where the Sun Belt’s headquarters are located, has served as the host city for the basketball tournament since 2014. The… Continue reading →

Cajuns pitcher Reagan Bazar leaves to begin pro career with Giants

LAFAYETTE — When Louisiana-Lafayette baseball coach Tony Robichaux met with Reagan Bazar for his exit meeting, he told the young pitcher he would likely be drafted and that it would be a good time to go. Bazar listened. On Monday, Bazar, a 17th-round selection by the San Francisco Giants, boarded a plane for Arizona to… Continue reading →

Cajuns notebook: Gunner Leger set to take on Cape Cod League, and Hogan Harris might join him

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP  -- Gunner Leger

LAFAYETTE — The Ragin’ Cajuns have begun their annual summer migration. Louisiana-Lafayette baseball coach Tony Robichaux said his players have started to make their way to summer league teams, and a few of them could have a brief shot to make a lasting impact. Left-handed pitcher Gunner Leger will play in the Cape Cod… Continue reading →

Junior college linebacker Julius Perkins commits to Louisiana-Lafayette

Academic shortcomings out of high school postponed Julius Perkins’ landing spot at a Division I football program. A painful turf toe injury took away half of Perkins’ first season at Blinn Community College in Texas, further clouding his Division I future. Not only has Perkins rounded into shape academically, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound outside linebacker/strong safety enjoyed… Continue reading →

Cajuns’ Reagan Bazar, Stefan Trosclair and Eric Carter selected on final day of MLB draft

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- UL-Lafayette's Stefan Trosclair reaches home plate safely against Arizona on Sunday during the NCAA Regional Tournament at Tigue Moore Field.

LAFAYETTE — Five players with Louisiana-Lafayette connections were selected Saturday on the final day of the Major League Baseball draft. The first two days — spanning 10 rounds — came and went with no Ragin’ Cajuns names being called. But things got fairly busy after the San Francisco Giants selected right-hander Reagan Bazar in… Continue reading →

Louisiana-Lafayette’s Lexi Elkins, LSU’s Carley Hoover lead all-Louisiana softball team

Advocate photo  by Buddy Delahoussaye--  UL Ragin' Cajuns Lexie Elkins takes a pitch on the inside of the plate on Friday, May 20th.

Two for Lexie Elkins, two for Carley Hoover, two for Louisiana-Lafayette and two for Nicholls State — that’s a quick summary of major awards on the All-Louisiana collegiate softball team. Elkins, Louisiana-Lafayette’s two-time first-team All-America catcher, is the state’s Hitter of the Year for the second time in three seasons. Hoover, an LSU sophomore right-hander, repeated as… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns players unlikely to go high in 2016 MBL draft

Advocate Photo by BRAD KEMP -- University of Louisiana at Lafayette relief pitcher Dylan Moore delivers against Texas State during their game in the Sun Belt baseball tournament at Bobcat Stadium on Friday May 27, 2016, in San Marcos, Texas.

LAFAYETTE — The Major League Baseball draft begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, and with only the first two rounds being selected on the first day, it’s virtually a lock that no Louisiana-Lafayette players will go off the board. As for the rest of the draft, coach Tony Robichaux figures that will be quiet, too. Robichaux said… Continue reading →

Coming to a campus near you? Sun Belt Conference to begin football championship game in 2018.

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK --  Fans cheer as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette plays the University of Akron in an NCAA football game Saturday, September 26, 2015, at Cajun Field in Lafayette, La.

LAFAYETTE — The Sun Belt Conference officially announced Wednesday that it unanimously approved a football conference championship game in 2018, making it the last of 10 FBS conferences to have one. While the impending announcement of a title game was known, thanks to that information being leaked to ESPN on Tuesday night, Sun Belt… Continue reading →

Sun Belt appears ready to hold football championship game

The league will hold a media teleconference at 1 p.m. Wednesday, presumably to announce the news about the title game. Brett McMurphy of ESPN tweeted from his verified account that sources told him the league is expected to begin holding a championship game in 2018. The Sun Belt had been one of two FBS… Continue reading →

Johnson: Cajuns pick the wrong time for everything to go wrong

Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye-- Cajuns outfielder Kyle Clement rounds second base after hitting a solo home run in the final game of the NCAA Lafayette Regional on Monday night.

LAFAYETTE — The air was weighty and stagnant in Lafayette Monday, like pea soup that had been left out overnight. The rains from the previous couple days were mercifully gone, but in their place was that motionless and oppressive air. The Cajuns played 18 innings Monday, and most of the thousands of fans who were there… Continue reading →

Two-day rest no sweat for Arizona pitcher Nathan Bannister

Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye-- Lafayette's Ragin Cajuns pitcher Evan Guillory in for relief as the Arizona Wildcats and the UL Ragin Cajuns play the championship game of the NCAA Lafayette Regional on Monday afternoon.

Arizona pitcher Nathan Bannister didn’t look like he’d thrown 96 pitches on Friday. The Wildcats’ Monday starter went seven stellar innings on two days’ rest, giving up five hits and striking out five in leading Arizona to a 6-3 win over Louisiana-Lafayette and forcing a winner-take-all game for the NCAA Lafayette regional title.… Continue reading →

Arizona ends UL-Lafayette's baseball season with 3-1 victory to close out regional

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Lafayette's Nick Thurman shows he maintained control of the ball to home plate umpire Jeff Head on Monday during a Cajun loss to Arizona during the NCAA Regional Tournament at Tigue Moore Field.

LAFAYETTE — When Louisiana-Lafayette’s last good chance to tie the game ended in an Arizona glove, you could hear the air coming out of the sails at M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field in a protracted sigh. The Cajuns (43-21) had two tries to get one win Monday, but simply could not find the big hit when it mattered,… Continue reading →

Arizona baseball stops late surge by Cajuns for 6-3 victory, forcing winner-take-all game at 7 p.m.

Advocate photo by Buddy Delahoussaye-- Cajuns Joe Robbins (12) tries to get his team fired up after hitting a two run shot in the championship game of the NCAA Lafayette Regional on Monday afternoon.

LAFAYETTE — Arizona jumped out to an early lead against Louisiana-Lafayette and hung on behind a gutsy pitching effort from starter Nathan Bannister to win 6-3 and force a winner-take-all Game 7. The Wildcats (41-21) snapped a 12-game win streak for the Cajuns (43-20) in the process. Arizona knocked Cajuns starter Evan Guillory (5-6) out of… Continue reading →

Victory for LSU! Tigers defeat Rice, to host Coastal Carolina this weekend in super regionals

Associated Press photo by GERALD HERBERT -- LSU's Kramer Robertson dives to grab a line drive by Rice's Ford Proctor to end the second inning Tuesday in the championship game of the Baton Rouge regional at Alex Box Stadium.

LSU baseball defeats at Alex Box Stadium, advances to the super regionals. Continue reading →

ON DECK: UL-Lafayette vs. Arizona

WHEN: 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. (if necessary) WHERE: M.L. “Tigue” Moore Field RECORDS: UL-Lafayette 43-19, Arizona 40-20 ONLINE: ESPN3 RADIO: KPEL-AM 1420 at 1 p.m., KPEL-FM 96.5 at 7 p.m. IN-GAME UPDATES: @LukeJohnsonAdv… Continue reading →

Cajuns’ Stefan Trosclair looking like his old self

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE --  Lafayette's Stefan Trosclair, right, is greeted by Brenn Conrad after a solo homerun agianst Arizona on Sunday during the NCAA Regional Tournament at Tigue Moore Field.

LAFAYETTE — It wasn’t that long ago that Louisiana-Lafayette senior second baseman Stefan Trosclair was still getting questions about why he wasn’t producing at last season’s prolific rate, when he drove in a team-best 53 runs. Through the season’s first 49 games, Trosclair had driven in just 22 runs. He was… Continue reading →

Double-squeeze pays big dividends for Cajuns

It’s a play that Louisiana-Lafayette’s baseball team works on regularly, but uses frugally. After all, Ragin’ Cajun coach Tony Robichaux says, once you execute the double-squeeze once, the scouting report quickly spreads. “We try to use it sparingly,” Robichaux said Sunday, “because after that, they know what you’re doing.” On Sunday, the Cajuns executed the rare play to… Continue reading →

Cajuns roll over Arizona to move to regional title game

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Lafayette's Joe Robbins leaps to home plate against Arizona during the NCAA Regional Tournament on Sunday at Tigue Moore Field.

LAFAYETTE — Going into its game against Arizona on Sunday, Louisiana-Lafayette knew a win would clinch a spot in the regional championship, and a loss would’ve meant either win three games in a 24-hour span or stay at home for the rest of the summer. “It’s kind of like the pink… Continue reading →

Lafayette regional: Cajuns’ game against Arizona postponed until Sunday

Advocate photo by BRAD KEMP -- Water drains off of an overhang during a downpour and rain delay at the Lafayette regional Friday at M.L. 'Tigue' Moore Field.

LAFAYETTE — The rain was persistent and the radar wasn’t promising Saturday, so NCAA tournament officials made the decision relatively early to wait for better news Sunday. The Lafayette regional game between Louisiana-Lafayette and Arizona was postponed until Sunday because of the bad weather in the area. That decision was made around… Continue reading →

Arizona hits three homers in 7-3 victory over Sam Houston at Lafayette baseball regional

Arizona only had 19 home runs as a team entering the NCAA Lafayette baseball regional, but the Wildcats discovered the long ball Friday. The second-seeded Wildcats hit three home runs, including back-to-back homers in a four-run fourth inning on the way to a 7-3 victory over Sam Houston State in the rain-delayed regional opener. Arizona, making its first… Continue reading →