The Cajuns were set to play Coastal Carolina on Saturday. They had already made their way to South Carolina, when they got the news the game was cancelled because of covid-19.
A positive covid case within the Coastal Carolina program had affected an entire "position group" on the team.
News of the cancellation was a disappointment for players and fans alike, but already Cajun Nation is looking ahead to see what comes next.
"These dudes are legit and they deserve to show everybody that they're legit."
Like much of Cajun Country, former Cajuns wide receiver Jarrod “Bam” Jackson was disappointed in the conference's decision to cancel the bowl game. A game he remembers preparing for this time last year.
"I still feel like I'm a part of it." To see all the progress that they made going through all the adversity with the passing of Coach Looney this season not being able to go and not being able to go out and play for him as well it's heartbreaking and disappointing not to have that chance,” Jackson added.
Although the Cajuns can't cap off what would've been a program first by competing in the New Year's Six Bowl, ESPN 1420 host Greg Larnerd says now it's just a waiting game.
"We have to wait and see what happens with Cincinnati and Tulsa. They are going to be playing on Saturday night. If Cincinnati wins, they're automatically going to be in the New Year's Six Bowl. There's One Group of Five conference that gets an opportunity to play in a New Year's Six Bowl every single year. It's generally the highest ranking G5 school and that could've been the Cajuns or Coastal Carolina, whomever won the championship game, if Tulsa were to beat Cincinnati on Saturday night. Now since they are co-champions Coastal Carolina would get that automatic bid if Cincinnati were to lose on Saturday night to Tulsa.They would be the highest ranking G5 school and they get the opportunity to play, Larnerd explained.
The fate of Coastal Carolina competing in the New Year's Six Bowl game remains if Cinnaciniti pulls the win Saturday night. Larnerd says the Cajuns could potentially play in the Cure or Camelia Bowl as a consolation. Either way Jackson is focusing on getting his old teammates ready for their next opponent.
"We will have another chance to play another game and when that chance comes to play another game will get to show everybody that hey the Ragin' Cajuns meant business and we still mean business, Jackson added.
The Ragin Cajuns will face UTSA on December 26th. The game will be broadcast on KATC.
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