There was no questioning that the Louisiana-Lafayette football team was going to be hit hard for having five ineligible players over the last few years. It now looks like the NCAA has come down pretty hard with their punishment on the Ragin’ Cajuns.
The association ruled that the team must forfeit 22 victories from 2011-2014, including two New Orleans Bowl victories in 2011 and 2013. They defeated San Diego State and Tulane in those two bowl games.
They were also forced to forfeit their 2013 Sun Belt championship, which they shared with Arkansas State. Despite this, the NCAA did also rule that current head coach Mark Hudspeth was not at fault in the allegations.
“While it is disappointing to vacate these victories and championships, we finally put this chapter behind us and will continue to grow our championship football program,” UL Lafayette athletic director Scott Farmer said in a statement. “We stand behind the integrity and accomplishments of (head coach) Mark Hudspeth, members of his coaching staff and each of our student-athletes who played football during the Hudspeth era.”
This is certainly a tough pill for the Ragin’ Cajuns to swallow, but now they will be able to put this behind them. They will now look towards the future and the 2016 season as they try to bounce back from a 4-8 effort last season.
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