Football: UL schedules payday Power 5 games at Texas, Minnesota
Tim Buckley, The Advertiser, Feb. 21, 2019
The Ragin’ Cajuns have scored two huge paydays, landing future football road games at Power 5-opponents Texas and Minnesota — both coming with seven-figure guarantees — while also canceling a planned game at Arizona State.
The cancellation will result in additional financial windfall for UL.
UL has confirmed that the Cajuns will play Sept. 2, 2021, at Texas of the Big 12, and receive a $1.5 million guarantee.
UL will play at Minnesota of the Big Ten on Sept. 30, 2023, and receive what is believed to be a guarantee of $1.3 million for that game.
“We’re very excited for the opportunity to compete with the University of Texas,” UL athletic director Bryan Maggard said in a statement. “This is a regional matchup that will provide great exposure for our football program in the state of Texas, while also allowing Cajun Nation to attend a non-conference game against a Big 12 Conference opponent.”
The website FBSchedules.com first reported about the two games, citing documents it obtained from UL via a public records request.
None of the involved schools had announced or acknowledged the games prior to Thursday.
Coach Billy Napier's Cajuns had been scheduled to play at Arizona State on Sept. 4, 2021, and receive a $1.3 million guarantee.
But the two programs “mutually agreed” to cancel that game, according to FBSchedules.com, which also reported that “ASU will pay Louisiana $200,000 for the cancellation.”
“Additionally,” the website reported, “Louisiana will play a men’s basketball game at Arizona State during the Fall of 2019 and will receive a $95,000 guarantee.”
UL did not confirm those specific numbers.
UL is 0-2 all-time against Texas, losing 60-3 to the then-No. 2 Longhorns to open its 2005 season and 52-10 to the then-No. 6 Longhorns in 2000.
The Cajuns are 0-3 all-time against Minnesota, with all three games being played in 2001-03.
The Cajuns currently have two other non-conference games scheduled for 2021 — at home vs. Ohio of the MAC on Sept. 18 and at FBS-independent Liberty on Nov. 20.
FBSchedules.com additionally reported that UL’s Sept. 10, 2022, game in Houston against Rice of Conference USA has been changed to Sept. 17 that year and that its home date with Tulsa of Conference USA that originally was scheduled for Sept. 28, 2019 — the return game in a home-and-home series — was first rescheduled for Sept. 28, 2024, and now has been pushed back to Sept. 9, 2028.
UL has non-conference games this year on Aug. 31 in New Orleans to open the season against Mississippi State, Sept. 7 at Cajun Field against Liberty, Sept. 14 at home against Texas Southern and Sept. 21 at Ohio.
It has three previously announced non-conference games scheduled for 2020 — at home against McNeese, and on the road at New Mexico State and Missouri — with another still to be scheduled.
Among its other future non-conference games, UL also has a previously reported home-and-home series with Tulane, with games set for 2024 and 2027. The Cajuns ended their 2018 season with a Cure Bowl loss to the Green Wave.