Gary Haynes Leaving Ragin’ Cajuns Football Team
The Ragin' Cajuns hoped Gary Haynes would grow into a primetime player over the next few years, but Haynes' playing days in Lafayette are over.
Sources confirmed Haynes asked for his release the morning after Saturday's game against Georgia, and his request was granted by the team. There were no hard feelings, and even though the news was shocking, both parties ended things amicably.
Head Coach Mark Hudspeth wished Haynes the best in the next phase of his career, and he explained the root of the issue.
"I think he wanted to get a little closer to home, to get a little more involved in the gameplan," Hudspeth said, and he confirmed there were no harsh roots to the situation of serious conflicts.
Haynes played ten games as a freshman, hauling in 25 passes for 174 yards and serving as a punt return specialist. Haynes dealt with an injury this season, but he still caught 11 passes this season and was involved in the return game. He showed explosive ability in his two years as a Ragin' Cajun, and sources close to Haynes say he is still interested in continuing his playing career elsewhere.
When Haynes committed to play for the Ragin' Cajuns as a three-star recruit out of Missouri City, Texas, it created a surprising splash, largely due to a viral video where it appeared he threw a pass to himself. His arrival caused a stir, and his departure elicits an equal reaction.