Slowly, almost unfairly, St. Thomas More’s Trevor Begue stood by as an innocent bystander waiting and wondering. His bright college future, one that had such clarity with a commitment to McNeese State, had suddenly become blurred.
For nearly nine months Begue proudly boasted being committed to McNeese State, with then head coach Matt Viator and offensive coordinator Tim Leger being at the heart of his decision.
During that period Begue’s bond to McNeese became stronger, his vision of playing wide receiver for the Cowboys growing more tangible by the day.
That was based on the rock-solid relationships Begue cultivated, first with Leger, and secondly with Viator, until Viator’s named surfaced nearly two weeks ago for the vacant the Louisiana-Monroe head coaching job.
Rumors then became rampant that if Viator was indeed headed to Monroe, which became a reality Dec. 14, that Leger may not be far behind.
On Dec. 17, Leger joined Viator’s new staff in Monroe, where he would continue to serve as offensive coordinator.
“It was a nightmare,” Begue said. “I didn’t want to believe it. I committed to coach Viator and coach Leger. They’re the ones that offered me the scholarship. They saw my talents and what I was good at. It was really tough on me. I just believed in God, and that he had a plan.”
Begue broke down almost on a daily basis wondering if all his hard work was still going to get noticed.
Begue had established himself as one of the Acadiana area’s top playmakers, first as a running back/return specialist in 2014 and once again this past season, when exclusively as a wide receiver, the 5-foot-11, 185-pounder helped STM to the Division II state championship game.
Begue led the Cougars with 66 catches for 1,196 yards (11.8 yards per catch) with 17 touchdowns. Four times he topped 100 yards in receptions, including a season-high eight cathces for 216 yards and four TDs against Carencro.
“Coach Leger came to school the Monday before and said he didn’t know what was going to happen with his job,” Begue said. “He said to stay committed. Then the next day he called and said he was going to ULM. It was heartbreaking, and I broke down crying. He was the one that was with me from the start.”
The whirlwind of emotions swung to the future of McNeese’s program where Begue was still committed but somewhat apprehensive.
McNeese opted to elevate defensive coordinator Lance Guidry to head coach. His offensive coordinator will be former McNeese quarterbacks coach Landon Hoefer, whose previous background at Texas Tech and Stephen F. Austin, suggest the Cowboys might play at a faster tempo and throw more.
It was music to Begue’s ears, especially after Guidry called to reiterate McNeese’s scholarship was still in place and his commitment to the Cowboys still being accepted.
“I didn’t know my future until I talked to coach Guidry,” said Begue, who would be coached by former McNeese great Kerry Joseph, the school’s new wide receiver coach. “He’s a great coach and coach Hoefer’s going to do a great job with the program. I’m excited about it.”
That’s not to suggest Begue won’t conduct his own due diligence over the next month before signing in February. He’ll take official visits to McNeese on Jan. 15 and Northwestern State on Jan. 30.
“I realize that it’s a business and coaches have to do what’s best for them, so congratulations to coach Viator and coach Leger,” Begue said. “I never thought this would have happen to me. I’ll take my two visits and see what happens.”