Without so much as a stadium, Poggi managed to get the Cajuns to a competitive level. He used his contacts nationally and internationally to attract quality players who otherwise would never have considered UL. His last two recruiting classes were ranked nationally, and his players maintained an excellent academic record.
Athletic Director Nelson Schexnayder said the issues were considered over two days. And if that wasn't enough, the reasons for the discharge were complaints from parents over daughters' playing time. What are they running there, a U-9 recreational team? But before anyone thinks Schexnayder is at it again, consider this: the decision to fire Poggi ' as are all decisions at UL, large or small ' was made by UL President Ray Authement.
So why am I not shocked? Because as a former member of the UL soccer booster club I saw Schexnayder, at Authement's direction, place restrictions on our fund raising plans that rendered the effort meaningless. Because Lafayette is a small town, and if you get crossways with the wrong person, you pay. And because UL has an atrocious record supporting women's sports. Softball was nurtured from the beginning by Yvette Girouard, who left because she wasn't adequately compensated for all she had done. Stefni Lotief has carried on, but her income is supplemented by her husband's salary as co-coach, along with his legal practice. Are we going to see Mrs. Bustle on the sidelines this year? Of course not. Football is not a woman's sport.
I am not worried about Poggi. He will do fine. I do worry about UL, though, and all the women who pursue athletic careers there. They had better hope Title IX remains law; otherwise they're all out of here.
We can safely assume incumbent Chief K.P. Gibson isn’t too worried about this challenger.
Nationally, Republicans must gain six seats to win Senate control. The most competitive races, many in states where Obama lost in 2012, remain too close to call.
The Baton Rouge Republican has repeatedly battled a perception within his own party that he perhaps wasn't the best choice to carry the GOP banner.
Even if Jimmy Graham's production dips while the star tight end recovers from a shoulder injury, it looks like Drew Brees won't have much trouble finding other targets.
A former campaign manager for Senate candidate Rob Maness is striking at the Republican contender's tea party support, saying Maness only sought to appeal to conservative organizations because he needed money for his campaign.
Ninety-two percent of public school teachers were rated either effective or highly effective in a report the state issued marking the second year of a new statewide evaluation process.
Corporations spending in state elections; Kenny G and Hong Kong; states resist gay marriage and more national and international news for Thursday, October 23, 2014.
Thursday's Blogs from the Bog!
School board members Mark Babineaux, Hunter Beasley and Tehmi Chassion can vote to fire Cooper — because we all know that’s exactly what they’ll do.
District 2 school board candidate Simon Mahan is hoping to unseat first-term incumbent and former Carencro Mayor Tommy Angelle in the Nov. 4 election.
District Attorney Mike Harson is showing his desperation by falsely attributing quotes to his opponent and blocking journalists from his social media.
The governor is traveling the country laying the groundwork for a possible 2016 presidential campaign, but his approval ratings at home hover well below 50 percent.
State District Judge Bob Downing extended the order and delayed a planned Wednesday hearing about a permanent injunction while negotiations continue between Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and the waste disposal site operator.
New Louisiana higher education commissioner Joseph Rallo will be paid more than his predecessor.
Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris each had four rushing touchdowns, and Louisiana-Lafayette rolled to 419 yards on the ground in a 55-40 victory over Arkansas State on Tuesday night.
Bill and Hillary Clinton are the validators-in-chief for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular.
President Barack Obama is turning to black radio listeners to plead for midterm votes, a targeted approach to drum up Democratic support at a time when many candidates don't want him around in person.
"I am extremely disheartened by the political machines that are attempting to hijack my efforts along with others that advocate for children."
Landrieu, who is fighting to keep her seat for a fourth term, said that Ebola is serious and precautions should be taken, but she accused Republicans of using the virus outbreak in West Africa to "create fear" here at home.
Law enforcement agencies are participating in a "Louisiana Heroin Summit," designed to address the recent rise in heroin use and drug-related deaths around the state.
State education officials are preparing to release performance scores for public schools and public school districts.
Saints coach Sean Payton is starting a new week by emphasizing, repeatedly, the many good things he noticed during New Orleans' latest loss.
We will be offering our recommendations on the constitutional amendments tomorrow.
The justices did not comment in leaving in place lower court rulings that dismissed the lawsuits against BP and other companies involved in the worst U.S. offshore oil spill.
White registration is down by 7,700 voters while black registration has shot up by 7,100 voters.