UL-Lafayette’s Christina Hamilton, St. Augustine’s Leonard Fournette win Corbett Award for amateur athletes

Advocate photo by Lee Celano - UL-Lafayette pitcher Christina Hamilton delivers a pitch against the Arizona Wildcats in the second inning of the Lafayette Super Regional on Saturday at Lamson Park in Lafayette.

University of Louisiana at Lafayette softball pitcher Christiana Hamilton, a senior from Leesville, and St. Augustine running back Leonard Fournette were named the Corbett Award winners for 2014. Hamilton went 29-4 in leading the Ragin’ Cajuns to the Women’s College World Series. Nine of her victories came against ranked teams, including both games of a doubleheader … Continue reading →

Hamilton wins Corbett Award

Advocate photo by Lee Celano -- UL-Lafayette pitcher Christina Hamilton shakes hands with catcher Lexie Elkins before the seventh inning against Arizona on Saturday, May 24, 2014.

Louisiana-Lafayette pitcher Christina Hamilton, the Sun Belt Pitcher of the Year, has won the Corbett Award, the Allstate Sugar Bowl announced Wednesday. Hamilton compiled a 29-4 record during a record-setting year for the Ragin’ Cajuns. After posting a 22-1 record during the regular season, she picked up two more wins during UL-Lafayette’s postseason run to the … Continue reading →

Sun Belt media day: Coaches laud the Cajuns’ chances

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- UL-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth speaks during Sun Belt Conference media day at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Tuesday, July 22, 2014.

The Sun Belt Conference’s football coaches aren’t ready to concede the title, but they certainly painted a Ragin’ Cajuns logo on the target Tuesday at the league’s media day. Louisiana-Lafayette was the unanimous pick in the preseason poll announced over the weekend, and the Cajuns’ status as runaway favorites for a second straight title — … Continue reading →

Sun Belt notes: Cajuns shrug at preseason accolades

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Louisiana-Lafayette running back Alonzo Harris speaks during Sun Belt Conference media day at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Tuesday, July 22, 2014.

The preseason prognostications have been kind to UL-Lafayette. The Sun Belt Conference’s coaches unanimously tabbed the Cajuns to win the league. Eight Cajuns found their way onto the preseason all-Sun Belt first team, and two more made the second team. And senior quarterback Terrance Broadway was the pick as Offensive Player of the … Continue reading →

Sun Belt media day: Four downs

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson speaks during media day at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Tuesday, July 22, 2014.

1. GROUP OF FIVE The term “Group of Five” was quite popular Tuesday. It refers to the five mid-major conferences — the Sun Belt, Conference USA, Mountain West, American and Mid-American — that will compete for an automatic spot in one of the New Year’s Day “access” bowls as part of the new … Continue reading →

Cajuns face adjustment as unabashed Sun Belt favorites

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth

They have become accustomed to the underdog role, and Louisiana-Lafayette’s Mark Hudspeth had his players relishing the “prove-them-wrong” role during his first two years as the Ragin’ Cajuns football coach. Even last year, his team still had to share top honors in the preseason coaches poll with state rival UL-Monroe. Now the question for the 2014 season: … Continue reading →

Sun Belt media day preview: Team capsules

Associated Press photo by Gerald Herbert -- Louisiana-Monroe coach Todd Berry

Appalachian State COACH: Scott Satterfield PLAYERS: Junior QB Kameron Bryant, senior DE Ronald Blair EASY TO ANSWER: Bryant completed 71 percent of his passes for 2,713 yards, and RB Marcus Cox ran for 1,250 yards and 15 scores last year, joining five returning offensive line starters. … Continue reading →

Sun Belt media day preview: Five questions, five answers

Advocate staff photo by BRAD KEMP -- Cajuns running back Elijah McGuire

Q: Can the Cajuns win the league outright? The league’s coaches and the major preseason magazines were unanimous that UL-Lafayette is the class of the league. The Cajuns have their main offensive weapons returning in quarterback Terrance Broadway and running backs Alonzo Harris and Elijah McGuire. The defense was … Continue reading →

New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame to laud Cajuns’ Tony Robichaux

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Louisiana-Lafayette baseball coach Tony Robichaux

The Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame has taken note of what Tony Robichaux has accomplished down Interstate 10. The Louisiana-Lafayette baseball coach is the hall’s outstanding college coach state-wide, it announced Monday with its other award winners for the 2013-14 sports year. Robichaux led the Ragin’ Cajuns to a school record 58 … Continue reading →

Coaches pick UL-Lafayette to win Sun Belt

Associated Press file photo by BILL HABER -- Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth holds the championship trophy after the Ragin' Cajuns beat Tulane 24-21 on Dec. 21 to win the New Orleans Bowl in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

It’s pretty clear which team the Sun Belt Conference’s coaches expect to be on top this fall. Louisiana-Lafayette claimed all 11 first-place votes in the preseason football coaches poll, announced Saturday. The Ragin’ Cajuns tied for the league title last year with Arkansas State, but the Cajuns (121 voting points) easily outdistanced the Red Wolves in the … Continue reading →

Ascension Catholic’s Delmond Landry commits to UL-Lafayette

Delmond Landry wasn’t sure what to expect when he was called into coach Mark Hudspeth’s office Saturday during Louisiana-Lafayette’s football camp. But soon the Ascension Catholic defensive lineman got a scholarship offer from Hudspeth — one he eagerly accepted. “We talked for a while,” Landry said, “and then (Hudspeth) offered me a scholarship and I accepted.” The 6-foot-4, … Continue reading →

New Cajun Field seating available for new season-ticket holders

LAFAYETTE — With enhancements coming to Cajun Field for the 2014 season, a pair of prime midfield seating areas for potential Louisiana-Lafayette football season-ticket holders are now available. Seats in Sections P and Q on the east side of Cajun Field are available for $150. All seats purchased as season tickets come with complimentary … Continue reading →

Trio of Louisiana backs named to Doak Walker Award watch list

LSU’s Terrence Magee, Louisiana-Lafayette’s Alonzo Harris and Louisiana Tech’s Kenneth Dixon were named to the Doak Walker Award watch list announced Thursday. The award is presented annually to the nation’s top college running back. Last season, Magee rushed for 626 yards and eight touchdowns with six receptions for 49 yards and two kickoff returns for 45 … Continue reading →

Elfrid Payton’s finding his place with the Magic

The Orlando Magic's Elfrid Payton drives around the Houston Rockets' Nick Johnson during an NBA summer league game in Orlando, Fla., on Monday, July 7, 2014. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

In the weeks leading up to last month’s NBA draft, no player’s stock rose more dramatically than Elfid Payton’s. At the start of the college season, Payton’s name couldn’t be found on any draft boards, let alone in the first round. But as he led Louisiana-Lafayette to the NCAA tournament, averaging 19 points, nearly six … Continue reading →

Cajuns’ Terrance Broadway on Davey O’Brien watch list

Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback Terrance Broadway (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

FORT WORTH, Texas — Louisiana-Lafayette senior quarterback Terrance Broadway was one of 39 players named Wednesday to the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award watch list. Broadway, a former Capitol High standout, is the fifth Ragin’ Cajun this summer to appear on a preseason watch list, joining Daniel Quave (Lombardi), Mykhael Quave (Lombardi), Justin Hamilton (Lombardi), Dominique … Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns’ Jamal Robinson on Biletnikoff watch list

Advocate photo by BRAD KEMP -- Louisiana-Lafayette wide receiver Jamal Robinson looks for running room after making a catch as Louisiana-Monroe cornerback Vincent Eddie closes in last season at Cajun Field in Lafayette.

Louisiana-Lafayette receiver Jamal Robinson, of Slidell, and Louisiana-Monroe receiver Rashon Ceaser, of Clinton, were named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list, the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc., announced Tuesday. The award, which will be revealed Dec. 11 on The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on ESPN, annually recognizes the most outstanding receiver in college football. Brandin Cooks, … Continue reading →

Four Cajuns on Lombardi Award watch list

Four UL-Lafayette football players — offensive linemen Daniel Quave and Mykhael Quave, defensive lineman Justin Hamilton and linebacker Dominque Tovell — were among 123 athletes from 76 universities named Monday to the Rotary Lombardi Award watch list. Daniel Quave, a 6-foot-3, 324-pound senior, earned second-team All-Sun Belt Conference honors in 2013 after starting all 13 games at … Continue reading →

Four Ragin' Cajuns named to Lombardi Award watch list

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS --  UL-Lafayette offensive linesman Mykhael Quave (70) and UL-Lafayette defensive lineman Brandon McCray (96)celebrate with UL-Lafayette defensive lineman Christian Ringo (92) after a tying field goal by Tulane kicker Cairo Santos (19) was wide-left, ensuring  UL-Lafayette's victory over Tulane in the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Saturday in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.

Four players on the Louisiana-Lafayette football team were among 123 athletes from 76 universities named on Monday to the 2014 Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List. The Ragin’ Cajuns were offensive linemen Daniel Quave and Mykhael Quave, defensive lineman Justin Hamilton and linebacker Dominque Tovell. Daniel Quave, a 6-foot-3, 324-pound senior, earned second-team All-Sun Belt Conference honors … Continue reading →

Port Allen lineman Marcus Keyes commits to Louisiana-Lafayette

Finding a place that feels like home when you’re away from home is a challenge for many high school seniors seeking the right college. Port Allen High offensive lineman Marcus Keyes considers himself to be one of the lucky ones. That’s why the 6-foot-5, 260-pound senior-to-be committed to Louisiana-Lafayette on Monday. “When I visited there, I felt at … Continue reading →

THE NBA DRAFT

Elfrid Payton headed for defensive-minded Magic

From left, Magic draft picks Elfrid Payton, Aaron Gordon and Roy Devyn Marble attend a news conference introducing them Friday, June 27, 2014, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

ORLANDO, Fla. — When Aaron Gordon was selected for the U.S. Under-19 basketball team last summer, he chose to wear No. 32 as a nod to Magic Johnson, whom Gordon mimicked as a kid growing up in Northern California. But now Gordon is a freshly minted NBA player himself. He’s the cornerstone of the … Continue reading →

Cajuns’ Deggs takes job at SHSU

Associated Press photoFormer California Athletic Director Sandy Barbour

BERKELEY, Calif. — California announced a change in leadership in the athletic program on Friday, signaling the end of a 10-year run by athletic director Sandy Barbour that featured great success in nonrevenue sports as well as recent struggles on and off the field for the high-profile football team. Chancellor Nicholas Dirks said the department needed a … Continue reading →

NBA DRAFT

N.O. native Elfrid Payton hopes to soar into the first round of NBA draft

Advocate file photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- UL-Lafayette guard Elfrid Payton, a potential first-round NBA draft pick, has become known for his defense.

It’s a long way to New York City from the corner of Richard Street and Eighth Avenue, location of the Gretna play spot where Elfrid Payton learned to play basketball. However, Payton has come a long way in more ways than one, with big stops in between. He burst on the national scene the past three years … Continue reading →

Philadelphia trades Ragin' Cajuns Payton to Orlando for Saric

Elfrid Payton, right, poses for a photo with NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected as the 10th overall pick by the Philadelphia 76ers during the 2014 NBA draft, Thursday, June 26, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)

Elfrid Payton didn’t remain a Philadelphia 76er long enough to mess up his hairdo. Minutes after being chosen by Sixers with the 10th pick in the NBA Draft Thursday, Payton was dealt to Orlando in exchange for Croatian Dario Saric, whom the Magic took two picks later. Still, Payton becomes the Louisiana-Lafayette’s highest picked player since Andrew Toney was the eighth pick, … Continue reading →

Beryl Shipley enters Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame

Beryl Shipley

NATCHITOCHES — Beryl Shipley broke down racial barriers by making the University of Southwestern Louisiana the first state school to sign black basketball players in the late 1960s. The Shipley family celebrated an emotional milestone — induction into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame — by recalling his life and saying little about the controversies … Continue reading →

Ragin' Cajuns Payton invited to NYC for NBA Draft

Advocate file photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- UL-Lafayette guard Elfrid Payton, a potential first-round NBA draft pick, has become known for his defense.

University of Louisiana at Lafayette guard Elfrid Payton is one of a handful of NBA hopefuls who were invited to attend the NBA draft on Thursday in Brooklyn. The draft will be televised live on ESPN from the Barclays Center. Payton, who played at John Ehret High School, looks to become the third Ragin’ Cajun to be selected in … Continue reading →

Tigers, Ragin’ Cajuns dominate LSWA All-Louisiana baseball team

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU’s Aaron Nola

The Louisiana-Lafayette and LSU baseball teams continue to collect postseason accolades. The teams earned four of the five individual awards and put a combined 19 players on the first and second teams of the 2014 All-Louisiana college baseball team, announced Friday by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. The teams were selected after nominations were … Continue reading →

LOUISIANA SPORTS HALL OF FAME

Beryl Shipley raised trophies, hackles

Photo provided by the UL-Lafayette sports information departmentBeryl Shipley and assistant coach Tom Cox, right, watch practice during their glory years at Blackham Coliseum where they Cajuns rose from the NAIA ranks to be ranked in the top 10 in the NCAA.

Beryl Shipley knew that some decisions he made while basketball coach at Southwestern Louisiana were not going to be popular with those in power. He fought to take his all-white 1965 team to the NAIA national tournament, violating an unwritten Gulf States Conference rule that forbade league schools from playing against integrated teams. A couple of years … Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette, Mark Hudspeth agree to new six-year contract

Advocate photo by LEE CELANO -- UL-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth

LAFAYETTE — Mark Hudspeth has a new deal. Louisiana-Lafayette announced Friday morning that school officials and the Ragin’ Cajuns football coach agreed to a new six-year contract that runs through the 2019 season. The contract, which will include a base salary of $950,000 per year plus incentives, is subject to approval by the University of Louisiana … Continue reading →

Rabalais: Season’s end is emotional for Ragin’ Cajuns

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- UL- Lafayette's Nick Thurman, left, and Carson Baranik stand in the dugout in disbelief after their 10-4 loss against Ole Miss on Monday in the Lafayette super regional.

Few gatherings are filled with more intense and diverse emotions as the post-championship news conference. There is the one set of players and their coach, flush with victory and thrilled about whatever it is they’ve just accomplished or where they’re headed to next. The other group has its feelings laid bare for recorders and cameras to … Continue reading →

Cajuns to open season against Southern

Louisiana-Lafayette’s football team will host Southern in its season opener at 6 p.m. Aug. 30, followed by a home game against Louisiana Tech at 6 p.m. Sept. 6. Both games will be available on the Internet on ESPN3. The Ragin’ Cajuns will also have four games shown on television: at Ole Miss (Sept. 13, SEC Network), Boise State … Continue reading →

LAFAYETTE SUPER REGIONAL

Podcast: Super regional shows Ragin' Cajuns athletics is on the rise

The Mississippi dugout reacts after Preston Overbey's solo home run in the seventh inning of an NCAA college baseball tournament super regional game against Louisiana Lafayette in Lafayette, La.,Sunday, June 8, 2014. Mississippi won 5-2. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

A national television audience on ESPN2 during the Lafayette super regional showed just how far UL-Lafayette athletics has progressed in a short time. The Ragin' Cajuns have shown that they have a total program on the rise. Click here to listen to the podcast. Continue reading →

THE LAFAYETTE SUPER REGIONAL

Cajuns fall short of Omaha as Ole Miss rallies to super regional title

Advocate photo by TERRI FENSEL -- Louisiana-Lafayette outfielder Caleb Adams reacts to being called out at home plate during Game 3 of the Lafayette super regional Monday at Moore Field in Lafayette.

LAFAYETTE — Ole Miss took a page from Louisiana-Lafayette’s playbook Monday night. More precisely, the Rebels ripped that page out and threw it back into the faces of the country’s No. 1 team. The Rebels also ripped away the College World Series berth that the Ragin’ Cajuns so desperately wanted to cap a … Continue reading →