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Jan 13, 2014 10:57 PM by KATC

UL Responds to Sun Belt Announcement of UL-L

Response to Sun Belt's University Reference Guide 1/13/14

The University submitted Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns as the team nickname. Sun Belt Conference Commissioner Karl Benson agreed to that. We are asking him to correct the nickname to include "Louisiana."

As for the abbreviation, we advised the conference that UL Lafayette has been our official abbreviation since 1999 and is in compliance with UL System board guidelines. When the conference insisted that it needed a letter abbreviation of two to four characters for "score and time bug" instances, we submitted that "UL-L" could be used only for such statistics, but is not otherwise an acceptable abbreviation.

The University asked that the abbreviation for statistical use be explained in a footnote and the conference office declined our request.

We request that the University not be referred to as "ULL" in any instance. Local media have almost never used ULL. Recently, several major daily papers throughout Louisiana, at our request, have moved away from use of ULL as an abbreviation: New Orleans Advocate, Baton Rouge Advocate, Acadiana Advocate, The News Star (Monroe), The Town Talk (Alexandria) and The Shreveport Times, as well as many other media throughout the state. We greatly appreciate everyone's support.

-Aaron Martin, UL Director of Communications and Marketing

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