UL-Lafayette will have to vacate 22 football games between 2011 and 2014, as a result of a two-year NCAA Committee investigation. The committee determined that a former assistant coach falsified ACT scores for five students, meaning those students were ineligible to play. Games involving ineligible players led to vacating those victories. Jay Walker, the voice of the Ragin' Cajuns, says he understands the committee’s ruling.
“The NCAA exonerated Mark Hudspeth and the rest of the university, but the bottom line is this: it happened while this guy was employed by UL, and therefore there are sanctions, there are penalties,” Walker said.
Eight victories from the 2011 season, four from 2012, eight from 2013 and two from 2014 will be vacated, including two New Orleans Bowl championships in 2011 and 2013 and the 2013 Sun Belt Conference championship. Walker says the school accepts the penalties and moves on.
“There’s nothing you can do about what happened. The penalties have been handed down. The penalties have been accepted. So all you do is move forward,” Walker said.