“The state says that anytime you refer to the university as the University of Louisiana, you have to put ‘at Lafayette' included in there,” said McCann, who also noted that the university's email system uses “louisiana.edu” rather than “ull.edu” or “louisiana-lafayette.edu.”
“But it doesn't touch on how to abbreviate the name, how to refer to ‘Ragin' Cajuns' or if you simply go by ‘Louisiana.' That's not included in anything from the state, so we're just working with the rule they gave us.”
Of course, there's another “Louisiana hyphen” school that plays Division I athletics and FBS football in Louisiana-Monroe, the squad that upset Arkansas last week. Attempts to reach that athletic department for comment Thursday were unsuccessful.
McCann cannot pinpoint when exactly the transition from Louisiana-Lafayette to Louisiana started to gain traction, but says it has been fan-driven for the past several years.
And some have already adopted the change. All of OSU's references to Saturday's opponent — game notes, athletic website, etc. — say “Louisiana.” Lafayette's newspaper, The Advertiser, calls the school “UL” on first reference.
But other public outlets continue to use “Louisiana-Lafayette.”
“(Fans have) blown up more than one announcer's Twitter account because of referring to the university as ‘ULL,' which is something that we don't like,” McCann said. “We prefer just ‘UL.' We're responding to our fan base.
“We just like to be referred to in a manner in which our fans and our students and our alumni are happy.”
To backtrack: the school OSU plays Saturday is not just “Lafayette” — that's a liberal arts college in Easton, Penn. It is technically still the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and there are no plans to try to change that school name soon. But when referring to athletic teams, the school prefers “Louisiana” or “UL.”
The safest bet? Just call them the Ragin' Cajuns.