Louisiana Ragin' Cajun softball coach Michael Lotief did not accompany his team to San Marcos last weekend due to his current medical state.

Lotief released the following statement today about his current medical situation:

“This has gone on the last five to six months – it has gotten worse with infections. Throughout it all I never missed a day, or a practice. Instead, even worked extra days to help prepare the team and the pitchers.

Lately the health issues have increased, making it hard for me to swallow and even talk.  This condition has limited me to the “bench”, but I am still there everyday, hoping and fighting to beat it.

This past week, I took a turn for the worse.  Surgery revealed a very inflamed esophagus that required immediate attention from a specialist.  In the past week I have spent four days in the hospital, making it impossible for me to travel and attend practice.

I know how tough it is on our team, but they are strong and tough. Most importantly they are leaders.

I appreciate everyone’s prayers, love and support, but right now please help these kids get through a tough situation.

We need our Ragin’ Cajun Fans, the best softball fans in the country, to support these kids and help them get through this.

And to my players, I love you. Keep competing and playing free, stay together and just know all those bombs you hit this weekend made me smile!”

All of us at ESPN1420 wish coach Lotief a healthy and speedy recovery.