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UL fires Hudspeth as head coach

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LAFAYETTE, La. -

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette fires Mark Hudspeth as head coach of the Ragin' Cajuns football team. 

Hudspeth is accredited for raising the Cajuns' level of performance with four-straight New Orleans Bowl victories from 2011-2014.

Most recently, the Cajuns had three-straight losing seasons, including a 5-7 record in 2017 with the final game being a 63-14 blowout against Appalachian State.

The former head coach finished with a 51-38 overall record during his time with UL. However, due to NCAA sanctions, the record is 29-38. 

In a letter addressed to the Cajun Nation, Director of Athletics Bryan Maggard, Ph.D., writes, "This morning I met with Coach Mark Hudspeth to discuss the future of our Football program, and I informed him of my decision to move the program in a different direction, relieving him of his head coaching duties. Transitions like this are never easy for anyone involved, and I am extremely grateful for the commitment and service Coach Hudspeth, Tyla and their children have given this community in addition to the improvements made within our Football program over the past seven years."

Maggard went on to say Coach Michael Desormeaux will serve as the acting director of the Cajuns as the UL athletics team searches for a new head coach. 

The director of athletics said there will be no further comments until a new coach is announced. 

For a full look at the letter, click here

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