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Cajun Coaches release statements on suspended seasons

Posted at 3:00 PM, Mar 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-14 23:16:52-04

Louisiana Women's Basketball Coach Garry Brodhead:
"We are all disappointed with the sudden end to our season, but we understand the importance of prioritizing the health and wellness of our student-athletes, coaches and fans. While it was not the ending we had hoped for, our staff is extremely proud of what this team was able to accomplish this season, both on and off the court. I want to thank Sun Belt Conference Commissioner Keith Gill, Dr. Bryan Maggard, Dr. Savoie and the University for their support as we navigate through this truly unique situation.”

Louisiana Head Baseball Coach Matt Deggs:
"We are in uncharted waters, what we are all going through right now is unprecedented, and with that, there are not a lot of answers but tons of emotion. My first priority is the physical and emotional well-being of the student-athletes and how our team navigates this very difficult time. My heart breaks for the players, Cajun Nation and all those that have invested so much into this team. These boys, our fans and this community have been through so much in the last nine months. But we are still standing...this too shall pass. Through faith, hope and the amazing support of our community and this University and administration, I have no doubt we will all adapt, adjust and make it through this. I have so much appreciation for how hard everyone is working to find the answers to this most unfortunate of situation."

Louisiana Softball Head Coach Gerry Glasco:
"We are in the midst of an unprecedented situation and time. Our first and utmost priority is the student-athletes' health and emotional well-being. I was not only devastated for the loss of this season for both our athletes and their families, but also for the best fans in the country, Cajun Nation. We would like thank all individuals involved, including our administration and local community, for their continuous support of our program and teams. Everyone will adjust, prepare and adapt, as we look to continue the storied success of this legendary program in the coming days. Geaux Cajuns!"

Louisiana Golf Coach Theo Sliman:
“Thursday was a historic day for the NCAA as we saw all spring sports championships canceled for the 2020 season due to the widespread COVID-19 situation. We then proceeded to see all major conferences suspend activity indefinitely among all athletic departments.

Our team and coaching staff met Thursday afternoon and it was not any easy meeting. This was a very emotional time for both players and the coaching staff as our season has come to an end. We are saddened not only because our home tournament will not be played, but also because our seniors - Jack Tolson and Micah Goulas - last season of play has been cut short.

We are grateful that the NCAA is planning on extending the eligibility of student-athletes in spring sports one more year. For our 2020 seniors, they will have the opportunity to play in the 2021 Louisiana Classics and compete for post-season play.

I’m proud of our team, these young men have handled this challenge with the utmost class and character. We look forward to getting back on the course.”