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Baseball: Community mourns for UL coach Tony Robichaux during Sunday visitation

Victoria Dodge, The Advertiser, July 8, 2019

The Rajun Cajun Baseball team is reflected in the eye's of their Head Coach Tony Robichaux as he talks to them about the task ahead. The Cajun's will begin their quest to return to the College World Series in Omaha Nebraska on Friday in Baton Rouge in a game against Tulane. John Rowland/The Advertiser Buy Photo

The Rajun Cajun Baseball team is reflected in the eye's of their Head Coach Tony Robichaux as he talks to them about the task ahead. The Cajun's will begin their quest to return to the College World Series in Omaha Nebraska on Friday in Baton Rouge in a game against Tulane. John Rowland/The Advertiser  (Photo: The Daily Advertiser)

Hundreds of people stood in line Sunday at the Cajundome Convention Center to pay their respects to University of Louisiana at Lafayette baseball Coach Tony Robichaux, with Ragin' Cajun and McNeese State jerseys, wedding pictures and piles of flowers adorning his casket. 

The public visitation held Sunday, along with a Rosary prayer, attracted fans, players and families touched by Robichaux during his 25 years as a legendary UL coach. He died Wednesday, days after suffering a heart attack. 

Friends, family and fans pay their respects to Coach Tony Robichaux  at the Cajundome Convention center. Sunday, July 7, 2019.

Friends, family and fans pay their respects to Coach Tony Robichaux at the Cajundome Convention center. Sunday, July 7, 2019.  (Photo: SCOTT CLAUSE/USA TODAY Network)

While waiting in line during the public viewing, people spoke of how surreal Robichaux's passing felt and how the realization of his death had set in. Others said he was the most principled human they had ever known, and how this public recognition was more than deserved. 

"Every player that ever talks about him always says the same thing," Frank Brown, a UL Diamond Club fan, said after he took a moment to pay his respects to Robichaux at the Cajundome. "That they're a better person now because of him."