In 24 hours however, the deseg article-- again, with a direct link here-- has had only attracted 16 views.
Some non-sports articles do OK, even without a direct link here: Vote Beausoleil, about 60 views, UL's SBDC Director taking top honors, less than 40 views.
So we care about football a lot more than academics and other things. But there seems to be a definite resistance to the deseg story.
Why do you guys & gals think that is?
Raginpagin.com = primarily a sports forum. So when the "secondary" topic comes up, it attracts "secondary" interest.
And my guess at the deseg story: Most people avoid anything involving race because it's a touchy subject that makes people uncomfortable. Sports forums are an escape from reality, therefore most people here would probably steer clear.
One solution would be for less people to click on the QB Club notes. We would then have a better academic to athletic ratio.
The 1954 academic desegregation led to the athletic desegregation of the 1960's. In the early 1970's, there were only three historically white southern schools who were allowing blacks on their teams: Florida State; Houston; and little ol' SLI/UL.
All three of us had powerhouse basketball teams.
UL basketball, of course, finished in the Top 10 nationally-- yes, in the major college polls, along with UCLA, UNC, Kentucky, Indiana, Maryland, -- in both 1972 and 1973. I own a Sports Illustrated featuring 5 schools on the cover, one of them being USL.
All of this happens because we had talent that very few other schools had-- black talent. And that happens because we had desegregated back in 1954, long before the rest of the South.
Without the success of that basketball team, UL does not build its athletics as well as we have; we probably don't become charter members of 1A. And we do not grow our campus as much as we have.
In addition, there is not a one of you who would deny any of our black athletes their place on our teams, nor any of our black students or faculty their place on this campus. You are all aware that, if not for the contribution of black athletes, UL's teams would be at the national bottom for most of our sports.
The newest installment is up: http://ultoday.com/node/889
This one is interesting because it highlights the contributions of President Fletcher, Wisdom Chapel (actually Monseigneur Sigur, although he's not mentioned in this section) and Joe Riehl, for whom the Burdin-Riehl campus of Lafayette General is named.