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.
New menu items ready for the Lenten season
The Cane Fire Film Series screens “MaidenTrip” on Monday, March 10, at the AcA.
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The vibe of the tribe done modern
The Louisiana Workforce Commission said Friday that initial claims rose to 2,125 from the previous week's total of 1,964. There were 2,887 initial claims during the comparable week in 2013.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15.
The New Orleans Saints have yet to make it official as of this writing, but popular wide receiver Lance Moore has reportedly been cut by the team to free up salary-cap space on the roster.
While two medical marijuana bills are slated for the upcoming legislative session, what some Louisianans might not know is that the plant was approved for therapeutic use by state lawmakers in 1991.
The agenda is shaping up to be lighter than in previous years. But Jindal is term-limited, with fewer than two years remaining in office, and he saw his last big initiative — a proposed rewrite of Louisiana tax law — collapse without getting a vote in 2013.
Sharper has been held without bail because of an arrest warrant issued by Louisiana authorities accusing him and another man of raping two women.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday, March 07, 2014:
Two Lafayette men have been revealed by police as the infamous duo behind a caper that shook our fair city to its core.
She’s the daughter of the legendary Johnny Cash, but she’s been a gifted artist in her own right for three decades, and she’s coming to Lafayette.
The Lafayette Parish School Board has received a second letter of demand related to last year’s insurance debacle, this time from Key Benefit Administrators claiming it’s owed $93,000 from the school system.
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
The Louisiana coastline is vanishing faster than mappers can keep track.
A bill that would have overridden local ordinances prohibiting public and private employers from discriminating against lesbian, gay and transgender people has been pulled within less than a week of being filed.
The panel that selects nominees for a controversial New Orleans area flood control board — a board that is suing more than 90 oil, gas and pipeline companies — is set to discuss legislation affecting its independence.
State prison officials cannot keep secret the seller and manufacturer of the two drugs purchased for executions at the Louisiana State Penitentiary, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
State lawmakers will not appeal a judge's ruling that it was improper to use $3.7 million from a probation and parole officers' retirement fund to balance the state's operating budget.
Prepare yourselves for sun
Acadiana's nightlife guide.
Conservatives have been losing their minds over this satirical bit on the Colbert Report.
Due to the chaos of Mardi Gras and the weather, the entry deadline for this year's INDesign Awards has been extended by one week.
The Lafayette Parish School Board leaves a lot to be desired, but is scrapping the election process in favor of an appointed board the answer?
Queen Evangline and King Gabriel ruled Tuesday night
The House approved legislation Tuesday night to roll back a recently enacted overhaul of the federal flood insurance program, after homeowners in flood-prone areas complained about sharp premium increases.
IND Style does Gabriel
Newsy bits for the fam
The NFL has formally designated New Orleans' Jimmy Graham as a tight end for the purposes of his franchise tag value, which is now set at $7.05 million next season unless Graham and the Saints subsequently agree on a long-term deal.