The UL athletics program announced today Mark Hudspeth was fired as head coach of the Ragin' Cajuns football team.
Director of Athletics Bryan Maggard, Ph.D., released a statement, writing, "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."
The news of Hudspeth's termination is taking some fans by surprise while others say it was necessary.
"I think he was a good coach. He did a lot to build the program, brought in a lot of good recruits. He did well with the consistent wins in the bowl games, and he brought in attendance, and I think he did a good job," said Chad Smith of Opelousas.
Others fans believe the decision to fire the former head coach's firing is just.
"They've given him a decent shot at it. They've given him ample time to prove himself, and he hasn't done that, so, you know, it might be time to move on. Sometimes, the best way to get over an old pair of shoes is to get a new pair of shoes," explained Mark Barger of Alabama.
One fan says his support for Mark Hudspeth diminished after the coach made a series of politically-related snafus.
"College athletics is already tough enough. Maybe he ought to focus on the task at hand and leave the politics to the politicians," explained Winston Doussan.
Another football enthusiast infers it's difficult to ignore the Cajuns' last three losing seasons.
"If you get three consecutive seasons where you're not at least 500 for the year, you know, alumni are going to get a little upset about it, too. You have to produce to sit there and stay. It's all about the win," explained Woody Woodall of Baton Rouge.