UL Sports’ Greatest Tradition – From the Bird’s Nest
Yeah, I'm old school.
And I don't apologize for it.
As much as I love sports and love doing sports on the radio, I'm still one of those guys who believes student-athletes are students first. And, their priority should be to graduate.
Every semester when the list of graduates who have also played on the field, court or diamond is published, well...it makes me feel good. And, especially for the ones I covered because I've gotten to know them. I wish I could watch every one of them receive his/her diploma.
Well, that can't happen.
But I can watch baseball players.
I honestly don't remember what year this started...it was certainly a decade or more. Baseball players who had met their degree requirements frequently missed out on the "walk" at graduation because they were playing ball.
So, UL started the tradition of baseball players getting their degrees at home plate on the last home date of the season. The President is there...so are many of the deans of the various colleges represented. Mom, Dad and the rest of the family are there...some down on the field.
It gets me...every time. In fact, it's a good thing I'm concentrating on the pre game show, otherwise people would be looking at me funny in the press box.
Nowhere else is the combination of student and athlete epitomized publicly than it is on Graduation Day at M. L. "Tigue" Moore Field. That ceremony, combined with the honoring of the seniors who haven't yet graduated (but will), makes for a pre game that fans should all be proud of.
I know I am.
Below are some memories from the 2014 Spring Graduation Day and Senior Day at the "Tigue."
Our thanks to Ryan Baniewicz for taking these shots:
According to Coach Tony Robichaux, the following seniors will have gotten their degrees by the end of the fall 2014 semester.
Oh...and, by the way....the Cajuns won.