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From the Bird’s Nest: Death. Taxes. Troy.

(This is the sixth in a series previewing Louisiana's 2011 opponents.  Today:  Troy)

TROY TROJANS

Location:  Troy, Alabama

Stadium:  Larry Blakeney Field at Veterans' Memorial Stadium (30,000)

2010 Record: 8-5 (6-2 SBC)

Coach:  Larry Blakeney

Record:  161-82-1 (21st season)

Last meeting with Louisiana:  2010 (Troy 31, Louisiana 24)

Over the last five years, the Sun Belt Conference has been stable in some areas, not so stable in others.

But one thing has remained the same.

At the end of ea

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From the Bird’s Nest: Florida Atlantic – Vagabonds No More

(This is the fifth in a series previewing Louisiana's 2011 opponents.  Today:  Florida Atlantic)

FLORIDA ATLANTIC OWLS

Location:  Boca Raton, FL

Stadium:  FAU Stadium (30,000)

2010 Record:  4-8 (3-5)

Coach:  Howard Schnellenberger

Record at FAU (57-63) 11th season

Overall Record:  (157-140-3) 27th season

Last meeting with Louisiana: 2010 FAU 24, Louisiana 23

When Howard Schnellenberger was named to start Florida Atlantic's football program, he had a vision.

Compete at the FCS level.  Move to the FBS.  Win champ

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From the Bird’s Nest: FIU Looks to Repeat

This is the fourth in a series previewing Louisiana's 2011 opponents.  Today:  Florida International

FIU PANTHERS

Location:  Miami, FL

Stadium:  FIU Stadium (18,000)

2010 Record:  7-6 (6-2 SBC)

Coach:  Mario Cristobal

Record: 16-33 (5th season)

Last meeting with Louisiana:  2010  FIU 38 Louisiana 17

FIU opened the 2010 season 0-4, losing to four teams from AQ Conferences.  After seven games, FIU was 2-5.  Then the Panthers went

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From the Bird’s Nest: Nicholls State: Expecting Improvement

( This is the third in a series of twelve articles on Louisiana opponents for 2011.  Today:  Nicholls State

NICHOLLS STATE COLONELS

Location:  Thibodaux, LA

Stadium:  John L. Guidry (12,800)

2010 Record:  4-7 (3-4 Southland)

Coach:  Charlie Stubbs

Record:  (4-7) 2nd season

Last meeting with Louisiana: Sept 1, 2001

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From the Bird’s Nest: Kent State–New Coach, New Attitude

This is the second of a twelve-part series previewing Louisiana opponents for the 2011 season.  Today:  Kent State

KENT STATE GOLDEN FLASHES

Location:  Kent, Ohio

Home Field:  Dix Stadium (20,500)

2010 Record:  5-7 (4-4 MAC)

Coach:  Darrell Hazell

Record:  0-0 (First Season)

Last meeting with Louisiana:  2008  Louisiana 44, Kent State 27

If you look at the recent history of Kent State football, it will remind you somewhat of their opponent in week two, Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns.

Louisiana hasn't been to a bowl game since 1970.  For t

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From the Bird’s Nest: Oklahoma State is Locked and Loaded

(This is the first in a twelve-part series profiling Louisiana's football opponents for 2012.  Today:  Oklahoma State)

Location:  Stillwater, OK

Stadium:  Boone Pickens Stadium (60, 218)

Head Coach:  Mike Gundy

Career Record at OSU 47-29 (six seasons)

Last meeting with Louisiana:  2010 (OSU 54, Louisiana 28)

Last season was supposed to be a season of transition for Oklahoma State.

Instead, the Cowboys set a school record with eleven wi

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From the Bird’s Nest: Saints Come out Fine in Bush Deal

The Saints have traded Reggie Bush.

And, that's going to be a good thing.

There was never a question something had to give.  Bush's contract for 2011 was simply too much for the Saints to pay.  Everyone knew that.

New Orleans could have made Bush a

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Sun Belt Approves New Football and Basketball scheduling

Last week in New Orleans, Sun Belt athletic directors approved scheduling changes for football and men's basketball.

Beginning in 2015, the Sun Belt will move to a nine-game, round-robin football schedule.  In 2012-2014, the teams will continue to play an eight-ga

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From the Bird’s Nest: Are the Cajuns Going to be THAT Bad??

It's a good thing I don't put much stock in preseason predictions.

Otherwise, I'd be pretty damned depressed right now.

Because no one, and I mean no one, is giving Louisiana much of a chance when football season starts.

Just read some of what folks supposedly "in the know" ha

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From the Bird’s Nest: SBC Baseball Coaches Weigh in on New Format

The first year of the new format for the Sun Belt Conference Baseball Tournament is now in the books.  Following the tournament, I sent out questionnaires to the coaches, asking them for their positives and negatives for the tournament format. (I did not send one to Western Kentucky, as outgoing coach

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