Louisiana coach Billy Napier addresses Mississippi State job speculation
As the Mississippi State coaching search rolls on, there’s one name to cross off the list.
Louisiana coach Billy Napier said Sunday that he’s not a candidate for the job, as his team prepares for the LendingTree Bowl against Miami-Ohio.
Napier, a former assistant at Alabama and Clemson, was hired at Louisiana as head coach ahead of the 2018 season. He has notched a 17-10 record, going 7-7 in his first year and 10-3 in his second season. The Ragin Cajuns are 10-3 this season and will play at Ladd–Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama on Monday.
Under Napier, Louisiana won the 2018 Sun Belt Conference West Division Championship to advance to the inaugural conference championship game.
Napier came to the Ragin’ Cajuns from Arizona State where he served as Associate Head Coach, offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach.
In two seasons, former coach Joe Moorhead was 14-12 as Mississippi State’s head coach. The Bulldogs fell to 6-7 for the 2019 campaign with a 38-28 Music City Bowl loss to Louisville.
BREAKING: UL coach Billy Napier just said he is “not a candidate” for the head coaching job at Mississippi State.
— Tim Buckley (@TDARaginCajuns) January 5, 2020