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Walter Williams dismissed from Louisiana-Lafayette football team

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  -  University of Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns' Walter Williams (in white) runs toward the end zone where he would score during a spring practice game Sat., March 28, 2015.

LAFAYETTE — Freshman running back Walter Williams has been dismissed from the Louisiana-Lafayette football program for an undisclosed violation of team rules, the school announced Monday. Williams, who enrolled at the school in the spring after wrapping up a prep career at Vancleave High School in Vancleave, Mississippi, was expected to redshirt this… Continue reading →

Follow the money: Sun Belt targets other “Group of Five” teams to get a boost in the College Football Playoff

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson answers questions at the media day at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on July 20, 2015.

LAFAYETTE — In the first week of September, seven of the Sun Belt Conference’s 11 football teams open the season against teams from one of the “Power Five” conferences: the Southeastern, ACC, Big 12, Pac-12 and Big Ten. While those games are going on, Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson will be paying more attention… Continue reading →

Lexie Elkins nabs national Catcher of the Year honor

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  -  University of Louisiana at Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns' catcher Lexie Elkins tags out Iowa Hawkeyes' Claire Fritsch in the second inning Friday, Feb. 20, 2015.

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette catcher Lexie Elkins’ stellar 2015 campaign — in which she hit a nation-leading and program-record 32 home runs — was capped off Thursday when she was named the National Fastpitch Coaches Association Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year. “I am humbled by these awards and owe it all to my sisters,” Elkins said.… Continue reading →

East Feliciana lineman Tra’Vontae Booker commits to Cajuns

Advocate file photo by HEATHER McCLELLAND -- East Feliciana's Tra'Vontae Booker lifts Christopher Chaney in the air to celebrate Chaney's touchdown during their homecoming game Oct. 3 in Clinton.

With the heavy lifting from his first camp experience in June out of the way, East Feliciana’s Tra’Vontae Booker returned to UL-Lafayette’s final camp last weekend in a different capacity. Booker took a tour of the school’s campus and facilities and later met up with Ragin Cajuns fifth-year head coach Mark Hudspeth, who had a question for… Continue reading →

Sun Belt commissioner Karl Benson says he prefers peer-to-peer nonconference games over ‘Power Five’ games

Associated Press/Daily Mississippian photo by THOMAS GRANING -- Ole Miss wide receiver Vince Sanders dives for a touchdown past Louisiana-Lafayette cornerback Sean Thomas during the first of Saturday's game in Oxford, Miss.

LAFAYETTE — For Sun Belt Conference commissioner Karl Benson, scheduling isn’t all about the benjamins — at least not in the short term — and he hopes the rest of his league sees it that way, too. Nonconference scheduling was one of the major topics Benson touched upon during his opening address at SBC media day earlier this… Continue reading →

Co-defensive coordinators Melvin Smith, Charlie Harbison look to ‘force the issue’ with Cajuns

Louisiana-Lafayette co-defensive coordinator Melvin Smith

Louisiana-Lafayette co-defensive coordinators Melvin Smith and Charlie Harbison were still teaching and coaching well after their allotted time. After spending nearly an hour discussing the Ragin’ Cajuns new defensive approach during Wednesday’s Louisiana High School Coaches Association’s annual convention, Smith and Harbison continued to mentor and interact until every coach left the ballroom at the Baton Rouge Crowne… Continue reading →

Cajun Tennis Classic to have strong field

Last year’s revival of the Cajun Tennis Classic was a trial run for Louisiana-Lafayette tennis supporters. Now, Ragin’ Cajuns coach Mark Jeffrey is bringing out the big guns for what he envisions as a late-September “Louisiana Tennis Week.” The spotlight of the Sept. 22-27 activities is the return of the Cajun Classic, which will bring four of the… Continue reading →

Sun Belt Media Day: Ragin’ Cajuns trade weight of preseason expectations for a hefty chip on their shoulders

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  UL-Lafayette football coach Mark Hudspeth answers questions at the Sun Belt Conference Media Day on Monday at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

The weight isn’t on the shoulders of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s football team as it was a year ago, when the Ragin’ Cajuns were the prohibitive favorites to win the Sun Belt Conference. Coach Mark Hudspeth said that weight has been replaced on the Cajuns’ collective shoulders by a giant chip. “Expectations are different,… Continue reading →

Johnson: Sun Belt’s possible move to 12 football teams to create a league title game isn’t as simple as it may seem

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  Sun Belt Commissioner Karl Benson answers questions at the media day at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on July 20, 2015.

One of the buzz topics at Monday’s Sun Belt Conference Media Day was the team that wasn’t there and when it would arrive. The question of when — or whether — the SBC would add a 12th football-playing member is more complex than one would think when considering the question at face value. Commissioner Karl… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns notebook: Coach Mark Hudspeth says he won’t reveal his starting quarterback until the season opener at Kentucky

Advocate staff photo by JOHN McCUSKER --  UL-Lafayette football coach Mark Hudspeth at the 2015 Sun Belt Conference Media Day at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome July 20, 2015.

The Louisiana-Lafayette football team’s preseason practice starts in a little less than two weeks, but don’t expect coach Mark Hudspeth to be quick about making a decision about his starting quarterback. In fact, don’t expect him to make a decision at all during the preseason about whether Brooks Haack, Jalen Nixon or Jordan Davis will be taking the… Continue reading →

The Ragin' Cajuns goals go beyond just winning the Sun Belt Conference

Advocate file photo by SCOTT THRELKELD - Louisiana-Lafayette football coach Mark Hudspeth and school President Dr. E. Joseph Savoie celebrate with players after the Ragin’ Cajuns beat Nevada 16-3 in December 2014 for their fourth straight New Orleans Bowl championship.

LAFAYETTE — In a departure from a recent trend, there won’t be much major discernible change at Monday’s Sun Belt Conference Media Day. The conference features the same 11 teams as last year, marking the first time since the 2011 season that the SBC brought back the same teams it had the year before.… Continue reading →

Sun Belt Media Day: Team by team preview

UL-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire

Appalachian State Coach: Scott Satterfield Players: Senior WR Simms McElfresh, senior DB Doug Middleton Easy to answer: The Mountaineers proved they belong at the FBS level by winning their final six games behind strong performances from running back Marcus Cox (1,080 yards and 14 touchdowns in last seven games) and a… Continue reading →

Five questions (and five answers) for Sun Belt Media Day

Georgia Southern quarterback Favian Upshaw tries to get away from New Mexico State defender Derek Ibekwe during the second quarter Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014, in Las Cruces, N.M. (AP Photo/Victor Calzada)

Q: Will Georgia Southern repeat? The Eagles flew high in their first year in the Sun Belt, going 8-0 while outscoring conference opponents by 19 points per game. But the rest of the league now has a year of film to dissect, and Georgia Southern is losing nine starters from last year’s squad.… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette football lands 4 commitments for Class of 2016

LAFAYETTE — The Louisiana-Lafayette football program aims to make its recruiting camps productive, and it came out of last week’s sessions with four new commitments for its 2016 recruiting class. Demar’ren Mitchell, Tanner Holmes, Kendall Baker and Jacques Boudreaux verbally committed to the Cajuns this weekend, bringing the Cajuns’ total of public commitments… Continue reading →

Johnson: After last year’s lofty expectations became too much to handle, the Cajuns relish their return to the underdog mentality

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- Ragin' Cajuns coach Mark Hudspeth leads the team onto the field for the home opener against Southern on Sept. 6 at Cajun Field.

LAFAYETTE — Be honest: You’re ecstatic that nobody’s expecting the Ragin’ Cajuns to go out and rock college football’s boat this year. The Sun Belt preseason coaches’ poll was released Friday, and it had Louisiana-Lafayette checking in at No. 2 in the conference with three first-place votes. It’s not a… Continue reading →

Cajuns rank second in Sun Belt coaches’ preseason poll

Advocate Photo by LEE CELANO  -  UL-Lafaytte coach Mark Hudspeth

LAFAYETTE — The Sun Belt Conference’s football coaches selected Georgia Southern to defend its league title, and Louisiana-Lafayette was the only other team to receive multiple first-place votes in the coaches’ poll, released Friday. Six coaches gave first-place votes to the Eagles, giving them 110 total points in the poll. The Cajuns checked in at No.… Continue reading →

Cajuns softball adds Lana Bowers, Chris Malveaux as assistants; women’s basketball brings in Katherine Katz

LAFAYETTE — The Louisiana-Lafayette softball coaching staff will look vastly different in 2016. The school Thursday officially announced the addition of two members of the staff: Associate head coach Lana Bowers and assistant coach Chris Malveaux both have worked on coach Mike Lotief’s staff before. Those two replace Lisa Norris and T.J. Hubbard, who both left the… Continue reading →

Cajuns coach Tony Robichaux won’t have to sweat out last-minute MLB signings

LAFAYETTE — Normally, Friday would be a stressful day for Louisiana-Lafayette baseball coach Tony Robichaux. Friday is the deadline for major league teams to sign their picks from June’s amateur draft. Under usual conditions, Robichaux would be sweating out some last-minute pitches from teams looking to one of his high school or junior college signees,… Continue reading →

UL-Lafayette's Elijah McGuire lands on Doak Walker Award watch list

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK --  Louisiana-Lafayette running back Elijah McGuire rushed for 1,264 yards and 14 touchdowns and caught 45 passes for 468 yards and another two scores. He returns next year for his junior season.

LAFAYETTE — Elijah McGuire added yet another preseason accolade to his résumé Thursday when the Louisiana-Lafayette running back was named one of 69 players to the Doak Walker Award watch list. The Doak Walker Award has been given annually to the nation’s top running back for the past 25 years. It’s the third… Continue reading →

Q&A with Nathan Chapman, who heads ProKick Australia — the organization that produced Ragin Cajuns punter Steven Coutts

Louisisna-Lafayette punter Steven Coutts  from Brisbane, Australia, takes part in  2015 Spring Football practice in Lafayette, La., Saturday, March 7, 2015. Photo by Brad Kemp/

LAFAYETTE — A year after Australia native Daniel Cadona set a Louisiana-Lafayette single-season record for punting average, the Cajuns have returned Down Under for his replacement, and that shouldn’t come as much of a shock. Cajuns freshman Steven Coutts is one of a growing number of Australians to earn their way onto American… Continue reading →

Ex-Dutchtown High wide receiver Shelby Christy transferring to Ragin' Cajuns

Advocate staff photo by ADAM LAU -- Dutchtown's Shelby Christy, left, fakes out Sulphur's Tylon Harmon during first-half action of a high school football game at Dutchtown High School in Geismar on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012.

LAFAYETTE — Former Dutchtown High School and Mississippi State wide receiver Shelby Christy is transferring to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Christy announced his decision on Twitter late Monday night with a picture of him making a catch in his Dutchtown uniform overlayed with a picture of the Ragin’ Cajuns logo and the text “I’m coming… Continue reading →

Doing more with less: Cajuns keep finding ways to succeed

Advocate file photo by LEE CELANO - Mark Hudspeth

LAFAYETTE — This past week, the National Association of College Directors of Athletics and released a national ranking of athletic departments, and the Ragin’ Cajuns found themselves in the top 50 for the second straight year. On the surface, the No. 44 ranking is nice, but Louisiana-Lafayette Athletic Director Scott Farmer insists you look… Continue reading →

Steven Sensley to pass on pro baseball for now, play at Louisiana-Lafayette

Steven Sensley

Steven Sensley didn’t need to wait around for next week’s deadline to determine the immediate path of his baseball future. Sensley, a former University High standout and first team All-American at LSU-Eunice this past season, said he would attend Louisiana-Lafayette instead of sign with the Tampa Bay Rays. “After the year I had, either way it… Continue reading →

Tony Robichaux signs on for five more years with the Ragin’ Cajuns

Photo by BRAD KEMP/ -- UL-Lafayette coach Tony Robichaux has agreed to a five-year contract that will keep him with the Cajuns through the 2020 season.

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette and Tony Robichaux are seeing 2020. The UL System approved a new five-year contract extension for the Cajuns baseball coach, which began July 1 and extends through the 2020 season. Robichaux said he still has plenty of unfinished business with the Cajuns. “It’s important to me because we started something that… Continue reading →

Louisiana-Lafayette basketball coach Bob Marlin beaming about Shawn Long returning, recruiting class

Advocate staff photo by BRAD BOWIE -- Louisiana-Lafayette men's basketball coach Bob Marlin

The Louisiana-Lafayette basketball coaching staff was touring the program’s facilities several months ago with a couple of prospects when they arrived at the team’s practice facility and were later met by a beaming head coach Bob Marlin. Marlin wanted to know the status of the unofficial visits and whether his assistants had made any progress toward potential… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns release volleyball schedule

LAFAYETTE — The Louisiana-Lafayette volleyball team’s schedule for the 2015 season was released Tuesday. One highlight is the program’s annual tournament at Earl K. Long Gym, which is part of a 12-match event. This season’s Sawyer Camillo Memorial Volleyball Classic is scheduled for Sept. 4-5 at Long Gym and features the Ragin’ Cajuns, Houston, Jackson State and Nicholls State.… Continue reading →

The Cajuns men’s basketball team led the Sun Belt in average home attendance — and it wasn’t close

Advocate Photo by Brad Kemp The Louisiana-Louisiana bench reacts to a shot against  Georgia State during their game at the Cajundome Tuesday Jan. 6, 2015 in Lafayette, La.

LAFAYETTE — The NCAA released its attendance figures from the 2014-15 basketball season Monday, and the Louisiana-Lafayette men finished as the Sun Belt’s top team. An average of 3,987 fans attended the Cajuns’ 16 home contests last season, according to the report, nearly double that of Louisiana-Monroe, which drew the second-highest SBC average at 2,064.… Continue reading →

Cajuns standout Elijah McGuire on Hornung Award watch list

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK --  Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns' Elijah McGuire (15) is chased out of bounds by the Nevada Wolf Pack's Matthew Lyons (9) in the R&L Carriers Bowl at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Saturday, Dec. 20.

LAFAYETTE – Louisiana-Lafayette junior running back Elijah McGuire was one of 44 players to be named to the Paul Hornung Award watch list Monday. The award is given annually to “recognize and reward versatile, high-level performers in major college football,” according to the award’s website. McGuire was named the Sun Belt Player of the Year after his… Continue reading →

Louisiana-Lafayette’s athletic facilities upgrade on schedule

Advocate staff photo by LESLIE WESTBROOK --  Construction continues Wednesday, July 1, 2015, on the University of Louisiana-Lafayette Athletics Performance Center, which is attached to the Leon Moncla Indoor Practice Facility near Cajun Field in Lafayette, La.

LAFAYETTE — With slightly less than two months remaining until its expected completion date, Tier I of the Louisiana-Lafayette Athletics Facilities Master Plan is coming along right on schedule. Both the Student Athlete Performance Center and soccer-track complex should be finished by Sept. 1 as was originally planned, Athletic Director Scott Farmer said… Continue reading →

Cajuns’ Shawn Long invited to try out for U.S. Pan American Games team

Advocate photo by BUDDY DELAHOUSSAYE -- Louisiana-Lafayette junior forward Shawn Long

LAFAYETTE — As expected, Louisiana-Lafayette forward Shawn Long was one of 22 players invited to try out for the U.S. Pan American Games men’s basketball team. Long will compete against 15 other collegians and six professionals — including former LSU standout Anthony Randolph — for a spot on the 12-man roster. This year’s Pan American… Continue reading →

Ragin’ Cajuns’ Gunner Leger named second-team freshman All-American by

Associated Press photo by Gerald Herbert -- Louisiana-Lafayette's Gunner Leger

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette pitcher Gunner Leger added another All-America honor to his résumé Monday: He was one of 32 players recognized on’s freshman All-America teams. The organization named Leger a second-team freshman All-American after he went 6-5 with a 2.99 ERA for the Cajuns this season. Leger started the season in the bullpen but… Continue reading →

Journey leads to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame for prolific 2015 class

Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame photo by MATTHEW BONNETTE -- The Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame inductees stand during the Walk of Legends on Saturday night in Natchitoches.

NATCHITOCHES — It was all about the journey for football players Kevin Faulk and Leonard Smith. Softball coach Yvette Girouard chronicled her memories, and so did basketball player Avery Johnson. The foursome with different kinds of Baton Rouge ties completed another milestone stop Saturday night with their induction to the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame.… Continue reading →