Schexnayder resigns AD post, will stay with university

Updated: July 26, 2005, 8:01 PM ET
Associated Press

LAFAYETTE, La. -- University of Louisiana at Lafayette Athletic Director Nelson Schexnayder announced his resignation Tuesday, after 12 years of leading the Ragin' Cajuns.

"[Louisiana-Lafayette President] Dr. [Ray] Authement and I came together and decided this is a good time," Schexnayder said.

Schexnayder said he will take a job "in another area of the university."

Schexnayder led a Ragin' Cajun athletic program that passed many milestones, including NCAA men's basketball tournament appearances; a best-ever season for the women's basketball team; a trip to the College World Series in baseball; and the building of a national reputation by the softball team.

Although the football team continued to struggle, Schexnayder served as athletic director during the years when future Super Bowl players Jake Delhomme and Brandon Stokely set records for the Cajuns.

But last year, newly hired basketball coach Glenn Cyprien was released after the school discovered that Cyprien didn't have the required degree from an accredited university. And the NCAA recently began looking into allegations that basketball recruit Berry Jordan received $300, a bus ticket and summer school tuition from members of the basketball staff.

Schexnayder said his resignation "has nothing to do with whatever allegations have been made about the athletic department or me personally."

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