We are referred to some as Louisiana, others as Louisiana-Lafayette, and by others as both as evidenced by the Andy Katz article below. We quit being USL in 1999. We prefer "Louisiana" for reasons explained at the following site if anyone wants to know: http://www.angelfire.com/la3/ulragincajuns/battle.html.
But that's neither here or there. I don't try to ram politics down peoples' throats. Let's confine ourselves to sports, shall we?
(6) Vanderbilt vs. (11) Western Michigan: How will a Western Michigan team capable of more than just one win this week handle the spotlight of the NCAA Tournament? How will Ben Reed and Mike Williams deal with Vanderbilt's strong, physical play? How will Steve Hawkins coach on the biggest stage in his career?
(3) NC State vs. (14) Louisiana-Lafayette: Will the Wolfpack play like they did in finishing second during the ACC's regular season? Will the Wolfpack be able to get the necessary spacing against a more frenzied Louisiana team? Will Louisiana be able to translate its close losses in "up" games against Arizona, Xavier and Dayton into playing well enough to beat NC State?
This was an interesting and informative article. Thanks California Cajun.
I grew up in Natchez, Mississippi, which is right across the "Father of Waters" from Vidalia, LA and a mere 80 miles north of Baton Rouge....one of those border cities that reports just as much of the news and happenings from the neighboring state as from it's own. In fact there are as many LSU fans and alums in Natchez as MSU, Ole Miss, and USM combined. I graduated many years ago, but moved to St. Francisville, LA and worked for the state of Lousiana from 1998-2002.
And yet, I have NEVER....and I mean NEVER, NEVER, NEVER heard of a "THE University of Louisiana" until a few months ago on this forum. Now, granted, I don't visit other forums, but I keep up to date with most beezwax in college sports, etc. ALL I have EVER heard of is ULL, UL-L, UL-Lafayette, La.-Lafayette, and Louisiana-Lafayette. Frankly, I didn't think there was anything wrong with the former name. All the above mentioned stuff just seems like such a mouthful. I actually thought "USL" was kind of cool. It rolled out of one's mouth as smoothly as LSU, BYU, UCLA, NLU, UAB, USC, etc. Granted, I understand the reasoning for wanting to change the "regional" and "small" classification that a directional school invokes. USC gets away with it, but that's an entirely different sort of situation where tradition is concerned.
I'm not trying to pick an argument here. I guess I'm just pointing out that although ULL fans, alumni, etc. can call themselves Louisiana, everyone knows better. In fact, I think there is LESS recognition by doing so. Just look on your sports web sites. You'll NEVER see "NC State vs. Louisiana" on one of these sites....NEVER....not even if ULM drops to I-AA. So, in light of that fact, "NC-State vs. La.-Lafayette" seems ridiculous when "NC State vs. USL (or SW La.) looks better, sounds better, and is instantly recognized rather than envoking questions such as "who the heck is La.-Lafayette and when did they move up to Div. 1 basketball?" (Which is not an invalid question with all the such and such at such and such showing up lately in NCAA roundball...TAMCC, TAMK, IUPW, etc.). I like USL...oops...ULL... ;D...but I am actually embarrassed to admit that when I saw the new names (ULL and ULM) several years ago, I actually didn't make the connection at first!!
For me, they will always be affectionately known as the USL Ragin' Cajuns!!!