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.
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is courting young voters in several appearances across Louisiana this week, talking about her support for legislation that could lower students' college costs.
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Wednesday's Blogs from the Bog!
Stage 4 vet takes on cancer and reminds us all what it really means to get involved.
Is Mary fading as Vitter solidifies his lock on the fourth floor?
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration has renegotiated contracts for six LSU hospital privatization deals, hoping to reach a compromise with federal health officials that will keep Medicaid dollars flowing to the privatized patient services.
Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is defending her record on gun rights, seeking to rebut sharp criticism from the NRA in a state where the right to bear arms is given special constitutional protection.
Citizens, you have less than a week to register to vote in the Nov. 4 election. Remember, if you don’t vote you can’t complain about the outcome. Well, you can but it’s kind of hypocritical.
After being forced out by its former landlords last year, the community garden has a new location and a 10-year lease.
The party says it has hit a milestone, reaching 10,000 registered voters in the state.
Defensive captain Junior Galette is disgusted by the Saints' sluggish start.
The use of $60 million in Louisiana's public school financing formula to pay for nearly three dozen charter schools violates the state constitution, a statewide teachers' union claimed Monday in a lawsuit.
February trial date indicates parties were unable to negotiate a settlement.
There was a time when United Ballot had a political stranglehold so tight on Lafayette’s black community it was nearly unbreakable, but that grip might be loosening.
The race for Lafayette city marshal may not be the most exciting of this year’s local political contests, but it could prove the most historic.
With the DA’s race too close to call and negative media coverage of Mike Harson on the ebb, will challenger Keith Stutes take the gloves off?
Gov. Bobby Jindal has been viewed as a health care policy wonk, and he's tried to build on that image ahead of a likely 2016 presidential campaign, positioning himself as the candidate with substantive ideas.
Jerry Jones watched what he called the best effort he's seen in 25 years as owner of the Dallas Cowboys in the first half, and that was before Tony Romo had the longest scramble of his career and DeMarco Murray finished off yet another 100-yard game.
Two of the most recognizable women in Republican politics, Sarah Palin and Mary Matalin, have been heavily involved in Louisiana’s current election cycle.
Even though the Louisiana Democratic Party has thrown its support behind former Gov. Edwin Edwards’ congressional bid, national Democrats are not expected to follow suit.
“[Mike] is no longer the energetic ADA that his recent ad is trying to portray. I just think Mike needs to get the hell out.” — Kermit Harson, DA Mike Harson’s brother
The New Orleans Saints have listed Jonathan Goodwin as questionable for Sunday night's game in Dallas, raising the prospect that second-year pro Tim Lelito will start at center for the first time.
The endorsements keep coming for District 9 LPSB candidate Jeremy Hidalgo, who picked up his fifth vow of support Thursday, this time from the Chamber’s political action committee.
Republican U.S. Sen. David Vitter will be out knocking on doors this weekend with anti-abortion activists encouraging people to vote against his colleague, Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu.
The ACLU of Louisiana has sued Abbeville's mayor and police chief over a policy barring police from any social media use showing the city in a bad light.