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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The fight to clean up Lafayette Parish could get some added ammunition with two ordinances up for votes Tuesday by the City-Parish Council targeting litter-bugs.
A divided 3rd Circuit Court of Appeal reversed a Lafayette district judge’s ruling absolving the co-owner of a New Iberia accounting firm of liability in an embezzlement case.
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By striking a deal to lessen the blow of health insurance changes on state workers, school employees and retirees, Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration lowered the volume of criticism but gave itself and local school boards a new budget headache.
With the airport tax coming up for a parishwide vote in about a week, the Broussard City Council and its mayor have come out in support of the proposal.
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The U.S. rep billed LSU for work allegedly performed on the same days Congress voted on major legislation and held important committee hearings on energy and the ACA.
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Abysmally low participation by the public has prompted the council to scuttle the 2014 survey with plans to simplify it and try again next year.
The village now says the ordinance will likely be overturned and authorities will more vigorously enforce existing leash laws.
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Bill Cassidy cast an early ballot Tuesday, seeking to draw renewed attention to a race that has fallen off newspaper front pages and away from people's minds as they plan holiday meals and shopping schedules.
A Lafayette woman faces up to 20 years in prison for running up more than $1 million in unauthorized charges to her company credit card.
Signs that our state’s banking industry is undergoing a downsizing in 2014 were further confirmed today with the FDIC’s latest figures showing a third straight quarter in which Louisiana lost more banks and earned less money.
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State police say a 47-year-old Lafayette man, who collected more than $83,000 in disability benefits, is accused of operating two businesses out of his home at a time when he claimed he had no income.
Battered all night by Baltimore's relentless pass rush, Drew Brees could feel his protection collapsing and Terrell Suggs getting ahold of him as he urgently unloaded a pass to the right flat toward tight end Jimmy Graham.
After a convincing defeat at the polls on Nov. 4, Earl “Nickey” Picard has decided to let bygones be bygones with his former right-hand man Brian Pope, announcing his support for his former employee’s runoff bid to become Lafayette’s next city marshal.
Saturday the athletic department did everything possible to ensure the 2014 Ragin’ Cajun seniors remembered fondly their last home game. Rain and lightning never arrived but turbulence did in the form of the Appalachian State Mountaineers.
Even stranger than the Republican Party’s decision to hold a “unity rally” earlier this month for Congressman Bill Cassidy in a Baton Rouge bar, Huey’s Bar, was the fact that the establishment was named after Louisiana’s most famous Democrat.
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After failing to pass a medical marijuana bill last year, state Sen. Fred Mills, R-Parks, is telling supporters he will return in 2015 with legislation that focuses on different applications like oils and pills.
Voters, obviously, are not yet tuned into the 2015 ballot, despite the intriguing races it will host.
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