Louisiana Head Coach Billy Napier's has come up in every desirable SEC coaching opening since 2019. The latest is an attractive opportunity at Auburn. But Napier continues to be committed to the "cULture" in Lafayette, reportedly pulling his name out of the Tigers coaching search
The UL athletic department released a statement saying: "Billy Napier is committed to being the head coach of the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns, moving forward. Amidst recent speculation and media reports, the Louisiana Department of Athletics is confirming that Coach Napier will continue to lead the Ragin’ Cajuns Football program."
Cajuns Athletic Director Dr. Bryan Maggard added: “We are very excited about the future of Ragin’ Cajuns Football under Coach Napier’s leadership. We will continue to invest in the program to ensure we maintain and grow our successes. We believe a successful football program elevates the profile of the entire university, and we know there is much more to accomplish.”
Napier was asked about the Auburn rumors Sunday, but his refrain has been consistent. He's focused on what's being built with the Cajuns.
"You know I've said this many times. If we're having success, people in our organization's names are going to come up in conversations about openings across the country," Napier said. "That's a direct reflection of our entire organization. We've got tons of people around here that work and are diligent and take great pride in their role.
And that's exactly what's taken place in the past and it'll continue to take place in the future, as long as we have success."
Louisiana is 9-1 overall, the co-champs of the Sun Belt and are currently ranked Number 16 in the Associated Press Poll. Napier is 27-11 in his 3 years in Lafayette.
The Cajuns are now preparing for the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl in Dallas, TX on Saturday, where they will face UTSA (7-4). Kickoff is set for 2:30 and the game will be broadcast on KATC.
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