It looks as though UL-Lafayette head coach Mark Hudspeth is applying a strategy often used by his former boss Dan Mullen.
Hudspeth, like Mullen, will occasionally make a good headline statement that helps create enthusiasm within his respective fan base. Just as Mullen has revitalized the fan base in Starkville, it appears Hudspeth is working to do the same in Lafayette.
From what we hear, Ragin Cajun fans are indeed excited about new coaching staff and the direction of the program.
During a Wednesday night speech, Hudspeth made two interesting comments.
First, Hudspeth said, “When I came here on my official visit to look at this position here at UL, I was blown away. There were two things I walked away with: I knew the state of Louisiana has the best high school football players in the country, and I noticed the resources were here to be successful. Obviously, there are a lot of people here that have stepped up to the plate to enable us to do things that are going to be really exciting."
Secondly, Hudspeth said, “We signed some amazing talent, some guys we feel fit our program. We recently signed the number one running back in the nation, Qyen Griffin. He's a great one. The reason we got him is because nobody thought he was going to be eligible. Oklahoma, Ole Miss and Alabama backed off because they felt he wasn't going to make it. We stuck with him and found a way."
Griffin was ranked a 3-star by Rivals coming out of South Panola HS (MS).
The Ragin Cajuns will open the 2011 season at Oklahoma State, at Kent State, before hosting Nicholls State.