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Head Coach Mark Hudspeth, pictured during the Cajuns’ win over Texas State on Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, in Lafayette.

Advocate staff photo by Brad Bowie --

UL-Lafayette has fired head football coach Mark Hudspeth, according to a report.

The Daily Advertiser reported that Hudspeth informed the team of his firing at a meeting on Sunday morning. The university issued a statement after the meeting, confirming the decision.

The Ragin’ Cajuns (5-7, 4-4) ended the 2017 regular season with a 63-14 blowout loss at Appalachian State – the worst conference loss in the seven-year Hudspeth era, which began with four consecutive 9-4 records and four straight New Orleans Bowl victories.

UL-Lafayette reached the New Orleans Bowl again last season but lost to Southern Miss, finishing 6-7 overall.

This season’s up-and-down journey was marked in part by inconsistent quarterback play and a shoddy defense, which struggled early but seemed to strengthen by midseason, then fell apart again down the stretch.

Asked if he thought he’d be back for an eighth season at UL-Lafayette after the loss to Appalachian State, Hudspeth answered matter-of-factly: “I don’t control any of that. That’s all for (the administration) to decide. It’s been a fun seven years, and that’ll be up to them.”

More details to come. Read the full Daily Advertiser report here