Hudspeth promotes Lucas, brings Cajuns to New Orleans, again

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NEW ORLEANS, LA - SEPTEMBER 24: Head coach Mark Hudspeth of the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns reacts during the first half of a game against the Tulane Green Wave at Yulman Stadium on September 24, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)

ULL head coach Mark Hudspeth said he wanted to give his defense “some extra juice” as the Cajuns prepared for Saturday night’s New Orleans Bowl game against Southern Miss.

So, just before the team boarded busses for the trip to New Orleans, Hudspeth informed his team that defensive coordinator Mike Lucas would have his interim tag removed, and get the job on a permanent basis.

Lucas took over the defense after the Cajuns lost their opener, 45-10 to Boise.

ULL finished the season 46th in the Football Bowl Subdivision in scoring defense.

Here’s our report from WGNO Sports.

Kickoff is 8 pm Tuesday. Southern Miss has won 8 straight games in the series against ULL. The teams have played 52 times.