Billy Napier will not take the South Carolina job. The school released a statement from Napier tonight where the Cajuns' coach reaffirms his commitment to the school.
"It’s humbling to be considered a worthy candidate for any job opening, but it’s also important to realize this is a direct reflection of our entire organization from top to bottom. Here at the University of Louisiana, we have a special group of people that take tremendous pride in their role. We have dynamic leadership and a unique pride and passion for the Ragin’ Cajuns. We are excited to announce that we are moving forward at Louisiana. We look forward to the opportunities and challenges ahead, and we are thankful for the opportunity to represent this community and university. The #cULture is real.”
Napier said in the statement.
Napier interviewed for the opening earlier in the day, though reports suggested Louisiana would try to retain the coach for another season.
Rumors that Billy Napier would meet with South Carolina Saturday appear to be verified as multiple reports say the Cajuns coach indeed met with the school.
Napier has been connected to a number of coaching searches, both Ole Miss and Mississippi State last winter, and now the SC opening.
Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated is among those who reported on the meeting between Napier and SC says the Cajuns will do what it takes to keep Napier in Lafayette.
UL coach Billy Napier spoke to South Carolina today, sources tell @SINow.— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) December 5, 2020
Cajuns intend to keep Napier understanding the value of a successful FB program & its role in elevating and growing the university.@FootballScoop had earlier reported about a potential Napier-SC meeting.
After the Cajuns' wild win at Appalachian State Friday, Napier didn't respond to a question about whether he'd travel to Columbia for the interview.
Under Napier, Louisiana is 27-11 in three seasons with three appearances in the Sun Belt championship game. The team is 20-4 in the last two seasons.
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