Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Whodathunkit? When UL introduced its new head football coach less than a year ago following the firing of Rickey Bustle and a three-win season, everyone assumed 2011 would be a rebuilding year. But we didn’t know Mark Hudspeth. The firebrand coach turned out to be either one hell of a football mind, a master motivator or damn lucky. Or all three. After far exceeding expectations and notching eight wins (and counting) including a perfect 5-0 record at Cajun Field and a 6-2 Sun Belt Conference record — preseason prognosticators pegged the Cajuns to finish not only last in the SBC but last among all 120 Football Bowl Subdivision teams — the Ragin’ Cajuns on Monday officially celebrated what has been the worst-kept secret in college football: UL’s invitation to the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Dec. 17 in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Geaux Cajuns!
While football fans in Lafayette are on top of the world these days with the unparalleled success of the Cajuns (not to mention the Tigers and Saints), golfers got a dose of bitter reality last week when venerable Acadian Hills Country Club became the first golf course in Lafayette Parish history to close, succumbing to a grim reality: too many courses and, in a tough economic environment — especially for an expensive sport — not enough golfers. The third-oldest course in Lafayette, Acadian Hills’ 100-plus acres were arguably the most scenic 18 holes in the city — picturesque, sloping fairways lined by pine trees on what used to be a dairy farm. But with the opening of new courses over the last decade, especially the city-owned Wetlands less than a mile away, the choices for golfers outgrew the market.
One step forward, one step back. Just as the Ragin’ Cajun football squad — and by extension the university — is set for some positive national exposure with the Dec. 17 New Orleans Bowl, comes the Cajun Smurf. The series of ham-fisted animated video shorts appearing on YouTube (and elsewhere, we fear) features a Smurf character speaking in that gallingly stereotypical Boudreaux-Thibodeaux accent, telling stupid jokes and recounting mindless anecdotes. Not sure what the point is, other than the personal amusement of a couillon, but the videos reinforce every misconception of Cajuns as ignorant rubes and simpletons. A picaresque pixie this Smurf is not.
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Thinking himself the “son of God,” the man charged with the 2013 killing of an officer of the Chitimacha Tribal Police will not stand trial following a ruling Thursday on his mental competency.
Four hours after inviting supporters to a rally with Sen. Marco Rubio, Bill Cassidy claimed that Mary Landrieu “voted against stopping executive amnesty.”
Either Saints coach Sean Payton doesn't want to tip Baltimore off as to who'll start in New Orleans' secondary on Monday night, or he really doesn't know yet.
Money from the first and only settlement so far in a Louisiana flood board's lawsuit against dozens of energy companies will be placed in a special account dedicated to coastal restoration.
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The money came through a general obligation bond sale Thursday.
A legend in the Acadiana Oil Patch, Comeaux died Monday, Nov. 17.
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With a growing number of alleged sexual assault victims coming out against Bill Cosby in recent weeks, upcoming projects have been canned by NBC and Netflix, but that won’t affect the once-loved comedian and actor’s scheduled performance in Lafayette.
The Baltimore Ravens' retooled secondary had no trouble against a rookie quarterback at home. This week, however, their task is far more challenging: stopping Drew Brees on the road in New Orleans.
Add Texas Gov. Rick Perry's name to the list of possible Republican presidential candidates flooding the campaign trail for GOP Senate candidate Bill Cassidy.
Gov. Bobby Jindal is in Florida this week with his fellow Republican governors for another gripe session aimed at their favorite target, the president, this time taking aim at his immigration plans.
Early voting for the runoff is shortened by two days because of the Thanksgiving holiday.
“Coach Don” Gagnard is running for school board. Today he offers his critique of the socioeconomic relationship between government subsidies and obesity.
BP is heading to a federal appeals court in its effort to oust the administrator of damage settlement claims arising from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Former Le Rosier chef who cooked at the James Beard House and was named one of the “Best New Chefs in America” by Food & Wine magazine in 1995 was 48.
It was only a few months ago when the LPSB held the school system’s purse strings with a death grip, but oh how board President Hunter Beasley's demeanor seems to be changing with the ouster of Superintendent Pat Cooper.
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Pat Cooper is contesting his termination by the LPSB, filing a petition Tuesday that calls the recent decision “arbitrary and capricious.”
A look at the numbers highlights the challenge facing Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu as she tries to win a fourth term in a Dec. 6 runoff against Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy.
Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising the new Republican majority will quickly resurrect Keystone XL pipeline legislation killed by Democrats, potentially setting up an early 2015 veto confrontation with President Barack Obama.
The 59-41 Senate vote was one shy short of the 60 needed to clear the House-passed measure.
Spot bonuses to employees who go above and beyond on projects one of several reasons national mag calls BR-based biz bank a cool place to work.
The Director Search Committee interviewed the five men still in the running via video last week and is set to trim the field this week.
A national animal rights group has been rebuffed by a Baton Rouge district court judge, although the group might still get its day in court.