NEW ORLEANS – R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Officials tonight invited UL-Lafayette to represent the Sun Belt Conference at the 13th annual game on Dec. 21st at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
The invitation, officially made by Bowl Officials Saturday was accepted by Head Coach Mark Hudspeth and Director of Athletics Scott Farmer with great enthusiasm.
"We are thrilled that the Ragin' Cajuns will be representing the Sun Belt Conference in the New Orleans Bowl for the third straight year," said Bowl Executive Director Billy Ferrante. "Now in its 13th year, the New Orleans Bowl has become a wonderful tradition for the city of New Orleans and state of Louisiana and having a local team continue to participate generates even more excitement among locals and visitors alike."
UL-Lafayette is currently 8-3 and Hudspeth, in his third season with the Cajuns, realizes the importance of keeping his team focused in the coming weeks, but also took some time to celebrate the team's third straight bowl appearance.
"We are excited to receive our third straight bowl invitation and especially excited to be heading back to the R+L Carries New Orleans Bowl! We look forward to another great bowl experience that includes our fans taking over the great city of New Orleans and playing in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Our team and fans will be ready."
"On behalf of the Sun Belt Conference I would like to congratulate head coach Mark Hudspeth and the 2013 Ragin' Cajuns football team on receiving a bid to the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl," said Sun Belt Conference Commissioner Karl Benson. "The Cajuns have represented the Sun Belt extremely well all season long and there is no doubt in my mind that they will be great representatives for the conference in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl."
The Sun Belt Conference has sent a team to the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl since the inaugural game in 2001. Teams from the Sun Belt Conference have combined to win the last four New Orleans Bowls – including the Cajuns' wins over San Diego State in 2011 and East Carolina in 2012. The 2012 contest between UL-Lafayette and ECU had a record-breaking crowd of 48,828.