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Louisiana-Lafayette quarterback Levi Lewis (1) scores a touchdown against Louisiana-Monroe defensive lineman Seth Mason (94) during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Monroe, La., Saturday, Nov. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

Lewis accounts for 5 TDS, No. 23 ULL beats ULM 70-20

Nov. 28, 2020 8:18 PM EST

MONROE, La. (AP) — Louisiana-Lafayette coach Billy Napier didn't complain about being stuck at home recovering from COVID-19 while the No. 23 Ragin' Cajuns prepared for a rivalry game. Rather, Napier saw it as an opportunity for key players to put their leadership on full display — and he wasn't...

Louisiana-Lafayette head coach Billy Napier argues a called during an NCAA college football game against South Alabama in Lafayette, La., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

No. 23 Cajuns, Warhawks, renew rivalry after COVID layoffs

Nov. 27, 2020 9:22 PM EST

MONROE, La. (AP) — No. 23 Louisiana-Lafayette is expected to get coach Billy Napier back from isolation just hours before the Ragin’ Cajuns renew their annual rivalry with a Louisiana-Monroe squad that hasn’t played in three weeks. It’s safe to say the COVID-19 pandemic has taken its...

Louisiana-Lafayette running back Chris Smith (21) celebrates a touchdown with Louisiana-Lafayette wide receiver Jalen Williams (18) in the first half of an NCAA college football game against South Alabama in Lafayette, La., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

No. 23 ULL visits reeling in-state rival ULM

Nov. 27, 2020 8:06 PM EST

No. 23 Louisiana-Lafayette (7-1, 5-1 Sun Belt) at Louisiana-Monroe (0-8, 0-5), Saturday at 3 p.m. EST (ESPN3). Line: Louisiana-Lafayette by 28 1/2. Series record: Louisiana-Lafayette leads 29–25. WHAT’S AT STAKE? Louisiana-Lafayette already has won the Sun Belt West Division but needs to keep...

Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith (6) makes a catch against Kentucky defensive back Brandin Echols (26) during an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)

College football picks: Football feast missing some dishes

Nov. 25, 2020 11:24 AM EST

The Thanksgiving weekend football feast will be missing a few of the dishes that have become mainstays. Schedules altered and seasons delayed by the pandemic have taken off the table a bunch of rivalry games that have become a staple of the last weekend in November, including Michigan-Ohio State and all those...

FILE - In this March 18, 2020 file photo, patients are evaluated at a drive-thru screening for the coronavirus at the Cajundome in Lafayette, La., Wednesday, March 18, 2020. This week could prove critical to bars across Lafayette Parish as the local COVID-19 positivity rate rocketed above the 5% threshold that allowed bars to reopen in September to 10.1% as of Nov. 18, up from 4.7% the week before. (Scott Clause/The Daily Advertiser via AP, File)

Lafayette's COVID-19 positivity threatens bars

Nov. 21, 2020 12:01 AM EST

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — Ask not what your favorite bar can do for you — ask what you can do for your favorite bar. This week could prove critical to bars across Lafayette Parish as the local COVID-19 positivity rate rocketed above the 5% threshold that allowed bars to reopen in September to 10.1% as...

Maryland head coach Mike Locksley, center, talks with his players during a timeout late in the fourth quarter of an NCAA college football game in State College, Pa., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Barry Reeger)

Maryland-Michigan State canceled after Terps' virus outbreak

Nov. 19, 2020 9:42 PM EST

The Big Ten game between Maryland and Michigan State was canceled Thursday after a COVID-19 outbreak on the Terrapins resulted in a positive test for coach Michael Locksley. It's the second straight cancellation for the Terrapins, who were scheduled to face Ohio State last week before several players on the team...

Louisiana-Lafayette linebacker Ferrod Gardner (7) enters the field with Louisiana-Lafayette head coach Billy Napier before an NCAA college football game against South Alabama in Lafayette, La., Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Matthew Hinton)

No. 24 Louisiana-Lafayette cancels game with Cent Arkansas

Nov. 19, 2020 2:42 AM EST

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — No. 24 Louisiana-Lafayette has canceled its game against Central Arkansas on Saturday because of positive COVID-19 tests. The university announced that 33 players are in the program’s COVID-19 safety protocol, which is a combination of contact tracing, isolation, quarantine...

Texas' Chris Brown (15) and D'Shawn Jamison (5) celebrates after a stop against West Virginia on fourth down late during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Austin, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

Texas-Kansas among 6 major college games postponed by virus

Nov. 18, 2020 4:33 PM EST

No. 22 Texas at Kansas was among six games postponed Wednesday by COVID-19 problems as the virus took another chunk out of this weekend’s major college football schedule. Overall, 14 out of 62 games involving Bowl Subdivision teams scheduled for this week have been called off. Last week, 15 of the 59...

Aircraft painting company in New Iberia lays off 48 workers

Nov. 18, 2020 2:23 PM EST

NEW IBERIA, La. (AP) — An aircraft painting company based in New Iberia has laid off 48 workers amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The layoffs at Aviation Exteriors Louisiana went into effect on Nov. 6, according to the Louisiana Workforce Commission, The Daily Advertiser reports. The company’s president,...

70 years later, Ragin' Cajuns are still singing her song

Nov. 15, 2020 12:02 AM EST

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — In 1950, Harry Truman was president, Earl Long was governor of Louisiana and Hilma Levis was Hilma LaBauve, a 19-year-old sophomore at Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute in her hometown of Lafayette. She was majoring in elementary education at SLI, and outside of class, she...