Mark Hudspeth on changing Lafayette's culture
He inherited a team that had won just three games in 2010 and finished with back-to-back 9-4 seasons from 2011-12, reaching the program's first two postseason berths in school history.
"We felt like there was some decent talent at some positions here," Hudspeth said on SiriusXM College Sports Nation. "We signed some kids, and some of the kids we signed gave contributions early.
"But the thing that we just found was everybody in the whole football program, trainers, managers, team, there was nobody pulling in the same direction," he added. "Everybody was pointing fingers for the reasons they never won. Nobody really wanted to do anything more than just their job."
The Ragin' Cajuns' nine-win season in 2011 was their first since they went 9-2 in 1976 as a member of the FCS Southland Conference, and just their second time attaining nine wins in the program's 42-year existence.
"We're getting better," said Hudspeth. "We're nowhere near where we need to get to, but I think we're making strides. ... Anytime you come in and want to do things differently when things have not been done that way, you're going to get some initial pushback.
"All the answers I got early were, 'That's not the way we do things here. We've never done it that way.' Once I got them to try this one time and it worked, then it became much easier to go back with another idea, then that would work."
Louisiana at Lafayette is expected to again vie for the Sun Belt Conference championship with seven returning starters on an explosive offensive unit, including the deadly duo of quarterback Terrance Broadway and running back Alonzo Harris.
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