Before UL-L can go calling itself THE UNIVERSITY OF LOUISIANA, it should maybe recognize that perhaps it is not the academic equal of LSU and that LSU is the flagship university of the state. There are a few states where the "University of State", the "State University" and even the "State Tech" are equal in stature, but in different areas. If by chance, UL-L vs. LSU can be put on the same level as UNC-NC State, Georgia-Georgia Tech, Virginia-Virginia Tech, Texas-Texas A&M or Michigan-Michigan State then you might have a valid argument. Until then, be happy with UL-L. I personally think that "USL" sounds better than "UL" or "ULL".
The term "flagship" implies to me that someone has certain advantages given to them without having to compete, so the fact that LSU has more disciplines is not a reflection of their superiority over others. I don't think anyone should be exempt from competition, ever, nor do I think the name "University of Louisiana" has to go on forever unused because another school has been declared the flagship. It's not that way in Ohio. The fact that the Board of Trustees of State Colleges and Universities awarded us that UL name is recognition that we have achieved excellence and were determined to be worthy of this moniker. Whether someone thinks UL is worthy of the name based on his perception
of the university's size and scope, or status in athletics, has nothing to do with this. ;)No qualifications were attached to the awarding of the name. For those that think a school named "University of Louisiana" has more to offer than one called "University of Southwestern Louisiana," why do you think we sought the name? ::) For those who don't want us to have that name, why didn't they seek it themselves? ::) It doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize that a name like that lying fallow for 100 years is inevitably going to be taken. The nerve
"uppity UL" had to do this! >:(
If you'd like to know how I see things in the future, it would be like Ohio. Ohio State is clearly the big boy, but Ohio is a unique and outstanding school in its own right. Most people see universities through intercollegiate sports, and in that state you have Ohio, Bowling Green, Toledo, and Miami traditionally associated with other Mid-American conference schools regardless of the academics, research and development, etc. In Louisiana we'll similarly have Louisiana State as the big boy, and Louisiana. My guess is that in sports we'll one day be associated with some combination of current WAC and CUSA universities, and the sports fan will judge us in context of this league like he/she judges Ohio in context of the MAC. :D