Cajuns on national stage benefits the university - KLFY News 10

Cajuns on national stage benefits the university


The Ragin' Cajuns Men's basketball teams win over Georgia State University in overtime has assured them a ticket to the NCAA tournament. With the team being on a national stage, you may wonder what influence does that have on the university.

Studies have shown, when the university or college's athletics program does very well on a national level, there's a much greater interest on students behalf to find out more about that school.

Eric Maron, Assistant Director for Athletics Marketing and Promotions at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette says, "You saw that in Indianapolis when Butler went to the NCAA Final Four, they saw a 40% jump in the number of applications for admission and we're looking to see the same sort of thing, maybe not that high but having that kind of exposure, people will want to know about this university."

All of the 67 games played during March Madness are available to anyone with cable television, and according the National Collegiate Athletics Association, more than 175 million people tuned into last year's championship game.

To be on a national stage like this, it's important for recruiting because future players, if they see us and hear about us, there is only one Ragin' Cajuns in the entire country, a lot of other schools have different nicknames but there is only one that are the Ragin' Cajuns.

The faithful Ragin' Cajuns fans are not wasting any time getting their tickets to the big dance. "Ticket sales for the NCAA tournament are going really well. We expect to sell out of our allotment similar to what we do for the bowl games" said UL Ticket Manager, Matthew Casbon.

Different from the bowl games which the Cajuns football team has won the New Orleans Bowl the past three years, is that it's been almost an entire decade since the men's basketball team has qualified for the tournament.

"Fans are excited! It's been a while since the Cajuns head back to the big dance, so people are coming out very excited, they're going down to San Antonio and make a vacation out of it, enjoy the tournament and enjoy the atmosphere down there, it's exciting" said Casbon.

Unfortunately there won't be a fan bus this year, but there is a charter plane for the Annual Fund donors, so fans do have that opportunity, if interested, contact the athletic department at 482-5383.

For those interested in going to the game, Cajun fans will be in section 20 and 120. Tickets prices are $70. Don't forget to wear red to support the Cajuns.

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