Ragin' Cajuns vacate 2013 Sun Belt title, 22 wins due to NCAA violations

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette announced Thursday that it will vacate 22 football wins from 2011-14 as a result of a recently-completed NCAA investigation.

The Committee on Infractions ruled in January that a former assistant coach had in fact participated in falsifying ACT scores for five different players. Because those players were ineligible, the school now has to vacate any of the victories involving the five student-athletes. 

In total, Louisiana vacated 22 combined wins: eight from 2011, four from 2012, eight from 2013 and two from 2014. The program also loses 2011 New Orleans Bowl and 2013 New Orleans Bowl victories as well as the 2013 Sun Belt title.  

"Since Coach [Mark] Hudspeth's arrival in 2011, the football staff and student-athletes have shown their dedication to winning through their hard work and indomitable spirit," athletic director Scott Farmer said Thursday. "Although games were vacated due to the actions of one person, our fans, student-athletes and coaches will remember the excitement and pride they felt. We appreciate all of our fans' support and together we will fight on."

The Ragin' Cajuns went 4-8 last season with a 3-5 mark in Sun Belt play, the worst showing under Hudspeth not counting the recent vacation of wins. 

Twenty-two wins from the Mark Hudspeth have been vacated because of NCAA violations. (USATSI)
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