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Still_JAD

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http://www.iberianet.com/sports/cajuns-softball-coach-lotief-placed-on-administrative-leave/article_671cd7dc-b47f-11e7-90b0-e77cfd492f74.html

LAFAYETTE — Louisiana-Lafayette softball coach Michael Lotief has been placed on administrative leave.

The university released a statement Wednesday morning which stated, “Since Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, Michael Lotief has been on a leave of absence from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. In Lotief’s absence as head coach of the softball team, Assistant Coach Chris Malveaux is coordinating the program.”

The university did not reveal why the decision had been made to place the popular, and highly successful, coach on leave. 

Lotief’s attorney, John E. McElligott Jr., released a statement to Lafayette news outlets later on Wednesday which shed light on what possibly was behind the leave.

The statement reads as follows:

“Approximately two weeks ago, Coach Lotief was informed that he was placed on administrative leave. We would like the softball fan base, Ragin’ Cajun supporters and the good people of Lafayette to understand that this action arises out of a passionate conversation about gender equity, between Coach Lotief and other University personnel. In this conversation, Coach Lotief raised simple issues like getting the grass cut, making sure students have an athletic trainer at practice, making sure the assistant coaches get paid and ensuring female athletes get a functional assessment before doing weight training.

“The Lotiefs have spent their university careers fighting for better opportunities for female athletes and to make sure they are afforded equitable opportunities. While no formal complaints have been made against Coach Lotief, we hope that this brings greater awareness to the issues of gender equity, and ask the community for their continued support and prayers for UL’s softball players in this difficult time.”

The law office of L. Clayton Burgess released a statement on Thursday afternoon in support of Lotief.

Burgess' statement states:

"The Law Office of L. Clayton Burgess represents some UL softball players concerning possible Title 9 violations committed by The University of Louisiana-Lafayette; these are very serious issues that not only go to the core of gender equity but also involve discrimination because they are feamle athletes and even unfair treatment and retaliation by present ULL athletic administrators. These athletes are all great students in the classroom; they are involved in this community providing services to the less fortunate or the sick or mentoring young children, they are very gifted and work extremely hard at their sport to bring prestige to this University; but at this time, they feel very disrepected and mistrated and unappreciated by the athletic aministration. We would like to make sure that the Lafayette community and the Ragin Cajuns supports know that this is NOT the way we feel about them -  they love the overwhelming community support and we ask for your continued prayers and lvoe for these players through this very difficult time."

Lotief’s career coaching record is 729-174 and he has led the Cajuns to five straight NCAA Super Regionals between 2012 and 2016, claimed seven NCAA Regional titles, made three trips to the Women’s College World Series (2003, 2008, 2014), routinely has his teams nationally ranked and has won a dozen Sun Belt Conference tournament titles.

Loiter, who has battled throat cancer for more than three decades, originally joined the program as a volunteer coach in 2001, became co-head coach with his wife Stefni from 2002-2012 before taking over as sole coach in 2013. 

The Ragin’ Cajuns open up the 2018 season on Feb. 8 against Samford in the Mardi Gras Classic held at Lamson Park.




Still_JAD

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I do not see this ending well for the UL athletic department if Lotief's claims in the article are substantiated.
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Go Coach! Fight for your athletes, and the sport we love!
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Why is the university calling itself by the wrong name?
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I find it hard to believe that the University has violated Title IX provisions, although do not know anything specific.

The University spent multiple millions rebuilding the softball stadium just a few years ago, doing so before improvements to the football stadium/complex and the baseball stadium/complex.  A new indoor batting facility has been built and just opened a few months ago.

It does seem odd that an issue over seemingly mundane issues such as cutting grass would erupt into an argument so intense that it led to suspension of the head coach.

There are 2 sides to every story, and the University, because of privacy policy, cannot comment of personnel issues.

Thinking there is much more that is unknown publically going on.
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I find it hard to believe that the University has violated Title IX provisions, although do not know anything specific.

The University spent multiple millions rebuilding the softball stadium just a few years ago, doing so before improvements to the football stadium/complex and the baseball stadium/complex.  A new indoor batting facility has been built and just opened a few months ago.

It does seem odd that an issue over seemingly mundane issues such as cutting grass would erupt into an argument so intense that it led to suspension of the head coach.

There are 2 sides to every story, and the University, because of privacy policy, cannot comment of personnel issues.

Thinking there is much more that is unknown publically going on.
Maybe the administration asked him to limit his roster to only 35 players
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Maybe the administration asked him to limit his roster to only 35 players


Can’t say that one didn’t make me laugh
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Yeah I find the whole thing odd also.  Cutting grass?  A trainer?  Making sure assistant coaches are being paid?  Really?  At this late date in ULL history?  Lol.
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Definitely not a good look for the program.
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He sounds like a crybaby. You don't get suspended for asking for things or even questioning Title IX. He had to do or say something against the rules. I don't feel sorry for him.
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He sounds like a crybaby. You don't get suspended for asking for things or even questioning Title IX. He had to do or say something against the rules. I don't feel sorry for him.
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I find it hard to believe that the University has violated Title IX provisions, although do not know anything specific.

The University spent multiple millions rebuilding the softball stadium just a few years ago, doing so before improvements to the football stadium/complex and the baseball stadium/complex.  A new indoor batting facility has been built and just opened a few months ago.

It does seem odd that an issue over seemingly mundane issues such as cutting grass would erupt into an argument so intense that it led to suspension of the head coach.

There are 2 sides to every story, and the University, because of privacy policy, cannot comment of personnel issues.

Thinking there is much more that is unknown publically going on.


Why would you find that hard to believe?  My daughter was being recruited to a school where, while on her official visit, I saw the HC and the AD get in to it over the very same stuff mentioned here.  Things like having the grass mowed, the diamond and facilities having some type of routine maintenance, etc. were things that they were arguing about.  In the end, the HC told us he was probably going to look at another position.  So, we wasted an official visit.

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Why is the university calling itself by the wrong name?


LMAO!
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Echo from another thread
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TruDat, I usually respect what you say.........

But, I gotta say, on this subject you don't know what you're talking about..........
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TruDat, I usually respect what you say.........

But, I gotta say, on this subject you don't know what you're talking about..........


Bluedog, as you know, Coach Lotief is the last person I would ever classify as a "crybaby."  Some of you making comments, have you met him or talked to him for any period of time?  Coach is an absolutely humble man who give so much credit to his players and staff and is truly one of the, "good ones."  He once talked to me about my child and for a very long time.  I have to say he was up front, honest and pure class in doing so.  

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He appears on TV to be quiiiiiite litigious.

But... to call a guy out there 30 years with throat cancer a crybaby? That dog don't hunt. Worse, it is infested with fleas.
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CoachB25, what's funny is when folks talk about the size of the roster on Michael's team...........They have no idea why so many players wanna be on that roster...........
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Not sure of the entire story- but near to see he is out there fighting for something he believes in.
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I have read where the State of Louisiana is having financial troubles and has cut funding to the state universities the last two years.  I would not be surprised if Athletic Departments are cutting back to help reduce cost and not being able to provide services at the same level in previous years.
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I have read where the State of Louisiana is having financial troubles and has cut funding to the state universities the last two years.  I would not be surprised if Athletic Departments are cutting back to help reduce cost and not being able to provide services at the same level in previous years.


Budgets have been stable the last couple of years.
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He's reading from CA maybe news travels slow
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Almost all, with the except of LSU, has to fundraise for their program and budgets have been cut. Unless the HCs are lying, their budgets have not been stable.
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But should the cuts be coming from the softball team? By far the best sport at ULL. I feel like the university get so much money from the games. If anything, the budget cuts should be coming for the other sports.
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But should the cuts be coming from the softball team? By far the best sport at ULL. I feel like the university get so much money from the games. If anything, the budget cuts should be coming for the other sports.

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If they don’t mow the grass or have a trainer at practice, kind of hard to imagine anyone in admin cares about the sport.
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If they don’t mow the grass or have a trainer at practice, kind of hard to imagine anyone in admin cares about the sport.
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Screw off you idiot - this is a blog about college softball and you come on here to advertise your services. Get a real job!


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Screw off you idiot - this is a blog about college softball and you come on here to advertise your services. Get a real job!

That response deserves an eagle roar like one at 13 in Amen Corner at Augusta!
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