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Football: Hudspeth sends thank-you letter to ‘Cajun Nation’

Tim Buckley, The Advertiser, Dec.4, 2017

Former UL coach Mark Hudspeth on Monday posted on Twitter a message to addressed to “Cajun Nation.”

Hudspeth wrote that he and his family “would like to thank you for allowing me to lead your football program for the past seven years.”

Hudspeth, fired Sunday after the end of a third straight losing season, called it “an incredible journey” and said “we will always cherish the many experiences and victories we have had here and the many friendships we have made along the way.”

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Hudspeth, who took the Ragin’ Cajuns to five New Orleans Bowls and won four of them, first thank UL President Joseph Savoie and former athletic directors Scott Farmer and David Walker “for giving me this opportunity.”

He also thanked current athletic director Bryan Maggard, who recommended to Savoie that he be fired, “for his support this past,” and he said wished Maggard “and the athletic department the best in the future.”


“Mostly,” he wrote in part, “I want to thank the current and former players that have all touched our lives during this time.”

Hudspeth went on to thank, among others, all of his many staff members, season ticket holders, UL bands and cheerleaders, “our many benefactors that invested in our program,” the UL faculty and student body, various booster groups, the crew that maintained UL’s practice fields, Lafayette’s police and fire departments and UL police as well, ex-Cajun Jeff Mitchell and the Louisiana Highway Patrol, longtime team chaplain Eric Treuil, his local church and the friend’s “family and neighbors.”

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Hudspeth’s full letter: