Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns football

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Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns football
2018 Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns football team
Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns wordmark.svg
First season 1902 (1902)
Athletic director Bryan Maggard
Head coach Billy Napier
1st season, 3–4 (.429)
Stadium Cajun Field
(Capacity: 41,426)
Year built 1971
Field surface Turf (ProGrass)
Location Lafayette, Louisiana
NCAA division Division I FBS
Conference Sun Belt Conference
Division West
All-time record 501–549–34 (.478)
Bowl record 2–1 (.667)
Conference titles 13
Rivalries Louisiana–Monroe
Arkansas State
Consensus All-Americans 4
Colors Vermilion and White[1]
         
Fight song Ragin' Cajuns Fight Song
Mascot Cayenne
Marching band Pride of Acadiana
Outfitter Adidas
Website www.ragincajuns.com

The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns football program is a college football team that represents the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in the Sun Belt Conference. Between 2011 and 2014, the Cajuns won four consecutive New Orleans Bowls, representing the most successful stretch in the program's history, but later had to vacate two of the victories due to NCAA violations.[2]

History[edit]

Division history[edit]

Years Division
1937–1962 National Junior College Athletic Association
1963–1972 NCAA College Division (Small College)
1973 NCAA Division II
1974–1977 NCAA Division I
1978–present NCAA Division I-A (FBS)

Conference affiliations[edit]

Years Conference
1902–1913 Independent
1914–1925 Louisiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1926–1941 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1939–1947 Louisiana Intercollegiate Conference
1948–1970 Gulf States Conference
1971–1981 Southland Conference
1982–1992 Division I-A Independent
1993–1995 Big West Conference
1996–2000 Division I-A Independent
2001–present Sun Belt Conference

Conference championships[edit]

Louisiana has won 13 conference championships, eight outright and five shared.[3]

Year Conference Coach Overall record Conference record
1914 Louisiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association R. B. Dunbar 5–3 N/A
1916 Louisiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association T. R. Mobley 7–1 N/A
1917 Louisiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association Clement J. McNaspy 8–2 N/A
1924 Louisiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association T. R. Mobley 6–2–1 N/A
1925 Louisiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association T. R. Mobley 7–2 N/A
1940 Louisiana Intercollegiate Conference Johnny Cain 6–3–1 N/A
1952† Gulf States Conference Raymond Didier 5–2–2 3–0–2
1965† Gulf States Conference Russ Faulkinberry 7–3 4–1
1968 Gulf States Conference Russ Faulkinberry 8–3 5–1
1970 Gulf States Conference Russ Faulkinberry 9–3 5–0
1976† Southland Conference Augie Tammariello 9–2 4–1
1993† Big West Conference Nelson Stokley 8–3 5–1
2005† Sun Belt Conference Rickey Bustle 6–5 5–2

† Denotes shared title. Reference:[4]

Note: Louisiana vacated 2013 shared Sun Belt Conference co-championship due to major NCAA violations.[5]

Season-by-season records[edit]

Season Conference Wins Losses Ties Postseason Results Notes
Louisiana Ragin Cajuns
2017 Sun Belt 5 7
2016 Sun Belt 6 7 Lost New Orleans Bowl vs. Southern Miss
2015 Sun Belt 4 8
2014 Sun Belt 7 4 Won New Orleans Bowl 16–3 over Nevada Vacated 2 wins
2013 Sun Belt 1 4 Vacated 2013 New Orleans Bowl Vacated 8 wins
2012 Sun Belt 5 4 Won New Orleans Bowl 43–34 over East Carolina Vacated 4 wins
2011 Sun Belt 1 4 Vacated 2011 New Orleans Bowl Vacated 8 wins[6]
2010 Sun Belt 3 9
2009 Sun Belt 6 6
2008 Sun Belt 6 6
2007 Sun Belt 3 9
2006 Sun Belt 6 6
2005 Sun Belt 6 5 Sun-Belt Conference Co-Champions
2004 Sun Belt 4 7
2003 Sun Belt 4 8
2002 Sun Belt 3 9
2001 Sun Belt 3 8
2000 Independent 1 10
1999 Independent 2 9
1998 Independent 2 9
1997 Independent 1 10
1996 Independent 5 6
1995 Big West 6 5
1994 Big West 6 5 Big West Conference co-champions
1993 Big West 8 3 Big West Conference co-champions
1992 Independent 2 9
1991 Independent 2 8 1
1990 Independent 5 6
1989 Independent 7 4
1988 Independent 6 5
1987 Independent 6 5
1986 Independent 6 5
1985 Independent 4 7
1984 Independent 6 5
1983 Independent 4 6
1982 Independent 7 3 1
1981 Southland 1 9 1
1980 Southland 7 4
1979 Southland 4 7
1978 Southland 3 8
1977 Southland 6 4 2
1976 Southland 9 2
1975 Southland 6 5
1974 Southland 2 9
1973 Southland 0 10
1972 Southland 5 6
1971 Southland 5 4 1
1970 Gulf States 9 3 Lost Grantland Rice Bowl 26–25
Totals 223 288 6 (1970–2015, includes only regular season)

Postseason history[edit]

National Junior College Athletic Association[edit]

Date Coach Bowl Opponent Result
January 1, 1944 Louis Whitman Oil Bowl Arkansas–Monticello W 24–7

NCAA Small College Division[edit]

Date Coach Bowl Opponent Result
December 12, 1970 Russ Faulkinberry Grantland Rice Bowl Tennessee State L 25–26

NCAA Division I FBS[edit]

Since joining the NCAA Division I-A (FBS) in 1978, the Ragin' Cajuns have played in five bowl games, although two of those games (which were victories) were vacated due to sanctions. Officially, they have a record of 2-1 in bowl games.

Date Coach Bowl Opponent Result
December 17, 2011 Mark Hudspeth New Orleans Bowl San Diego State Vacated 32-30
December 22, 2012 Mark Hudspeth New Orleans Bowl East Carolina W 43-34
December 21, 2013 Mark Hudspeth New Orleans Bowl Tulane Vacated 24-21
December 20, 2014 Mark Hudspeth New Orleans Bowl Nevada W 16-3
December 17, 2016 Mark Hudspeth New Orleans Bowl Southern Miss L 21-28

Home stadiums[edit]

McNaspy Stadium[edit]

In 1940 McNaspy Stadium was built on the campus of Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette). It served as the Cajuns home field through the 1970 season and was demolished in 2000. McNaspy Stadium was located at the site where the current computer science building Oliver Hall now stands.

Cajun Field[edit]

Cajun Field on gameday.

Rivalries[edit]

Active rivalries[edit]

ULM Warhawks[edit]

The Battle on the Bayou is the annual rivalry game between Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns and ULM. The wooden boot-shaped rivalry trophy was created in 2002 to be awarded to the victors.[7]

Louisiana–ULM: All-time record
Games played First meeting Last meeting UL wins UL losses Ties Win %
51 September 15, 1951 (lost 7–13) December 3, 2016 (win 30–3) 28 24 0 53%

Arkansas State[edit]

The Red Wolves and Ragin' Cajuns have met 53 times, with Louisiana leading the series.

Inactive rivalries[edit]

Lamar Cardinals[edit]

The first Sabine Shoe trophy was first awarded in 1937 to the winner of the SLI–Lamar football game.[8] The name of the bronze rivalry trophy was derived from the Sabine River that forms the Texas-Louisiana border. USL defeated Lamar in the 1978 edition of the rivalry game, but the Ragin' Cajuns were not awarded the trophy as it had vanished.[9] The Sabine Shoe trophy now sits in at trophy case in the Ragin' Cajun Athletic Complex.

Louisiana–Lamar: All-time record
Games played First meeting Last meeting UL wins UL losses Ties Win %
34 October 27, 1923 (won 19–16) September 1, 2012 (won 40–0) 23 11 0 67.6%

McNeese State Cowboys[edit]

The Cajun Crown was the name of the rivalry trophy between USL and McNeese State.[10]

Louisiana–McNeese State: All-Time Record
Games played First meeting Last meeting UL wins UL losses Ties Win %
37 September 22, 1951 (won 35–14) September 10, 2016 (won 30–22) 16 20 2 44.4%

Southeastern Louisiana Lions[edit]

The Cypress Mug was the turned, polished mahogany mug awarded to the winner of the Southwestern–Southeastern football game.[11]

Louisiana–Southeastern Louisiana: All-time record
Games played First meeting Last meeting UL wins UL losses Ties Win %
39 November 11, 1930 (won 13–0) September 2, 2017 (won 51-48) 20 17 3 54.1%

Players[edit]

Future non-conference opponents[edit]

Announced schedules as of June 12, 2018.

2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025
vs Mississippi State vs McNeese State at Arizona State at Rice vs Tulsa vs Rice
at Ohio at New Mexico State vs Ohio
vs Tulsa at Missouri at Liberty

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ULL Brand Guide and Graphic Standards Manual" (PDF). Retrieved March 27, 2016.
  2. ^ "Exam fraud, recruit payments among NCAA accusations against UL-Lafayette, ex-assistant coach David Saunders". The Baton Rouge Advocate. October 11, 2015. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
  3. ^ "Championship records. Database" (PDF).
  4. ^ "2017 Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Football Media Guide". ragincajuns.com. Retrieved December 15, 2017.
  5. ^ "Big NCAA penalties for UL-Lafayette: Cajuns vacate 20-plus wins, two bowls, 2013 Sun Belt title". The Advocate. March 6, 2016.
  6. ^ "Exam fraud, recruit payments among NCAA accusations against UL-Lafayette, ex-assistant coach David Saunders". The Baton Rouge Advocate. October 11, 2015. Retrieved October 20, 2015.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-12-09. Retrieved 2013-12-08.
  8. ^ "Tribal lore". The Sporting News. 1997.
  9. ^ "The Week". CNN. October 9, 1978.
  10. ^ "College Football Rivalries". www.1122productions.com.
  11. ^ http://www.athleticnetwork.net/picpopup.php?piclibID=7334
  12. ^ "UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns Football Schedules and Future Schedules". fbschedules.com. Retrieved February 13, 2017.

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