Last Modified: Thursday, August 14, 2014 11:14 AM
The t’s haven’t been crossed and the i’s haven’t been dotted, but McNeese State President Dr. Philip Williams confirmed that contract negotiations are close to making a renewal of the football rivalry with Louisiana-Lafayette a reality in 2016.
No date has been set for the game, which would take place at Cajun Field.
“We’re working hard to make it happen,” Williams said. “I feel confident we can work something out. We’re thinking they also want to make it happen, but until it is in ink it is not a sure thing.”
The rivalry goes back well before 2007, with the teams squaring off annually from 1951-86 before going their separate ways.
McNeese handily won the 2007 renewal, scoring a 38-17 win over the Ragin’ Cajuns in Matt Viator’s first full season at the Cowboys’ helm.
Competitively, the ULL program is in a much different place than at the time. The Cajuns have won nine games and a New Orleans Bowl title in each of the past three seasons under coach Mark Hudspeth.
ULL has scheduled an in-state or Southland Conference Football Championship Subdivision team each year since 2011. The Cajuns hosted Nicholls State in 2011 and 2013, Lamar in 2012 and face Southern University this year.
ULL has a nonconference home game against Boise State and a game at Tulane scheduled for 2016.
McNeese owns a 20-15 series edge.