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New deal makes UL-L’s Hudspeth the SBC’s lone million dollar man

Mark Hudspeth AP

It’s not Nick Saban money, but it’s not bad.

A couple of months after it was first reported, Mark Hudspeth confirmed to the Lafayette Advertiser that he and Louisiana-Lafayette have officially put the finishing touches on a new contract that will include both an extension and a raise.  The new six-year deal means Hudspeth is signed with the Ragin’ Cajuns through the 2019 season.

Hudspeth made just a shade over $800,000; the new contract includes a raise in excess of $200,000 that will take his total annual pay to $1.075 million.  Hudspeth’s salary for the 2014 season will be $950,000.

With Bobby Petrino ($855,000 total pay in 2013) leaving Western Kentucky for Louisville and Bryan Harsin ($724,000) ditching Arkansas State for Boise State, Hudspeth is now easily the highest-paid coach in the Sun Belt Conference. Next in line in SBC coach’s pay?  Georgia State’s Trent Miles at $510,000, which means that Hudspeth, based on annual average pay, now makes more than double that of every other head coach in his conference.

Since coming to UL-L as an assistant at Mississippi State, Hudspeth has led the Ragin’ Cajuns to back-to-back-to-back 9-4 campaigns. Included in that total is three consecutive bowl wins; the 2011 New Orleans Bowl was the football program’s first-ever postseason appearance.

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3 Responses to “New deal makes UL-L’s Hudspeth the SBC’s lone million dollar man”
  1. Straight Cash Homie says: Jun 14, 2014 11:19 AM

    Good for Hud! This is what you get when you turn a program around. Hopefully we can keep him until 2019.

  2. billf7095 says: Jun 14, 2014 4:37 PM


    This is evidence that there are too many bowl games.

  3. Straight Cash Homie says: Jun 14, 2014 9:26 PM

    Or Bill it shows you don’t know as much as you think you know about college football.

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