Above all else after a week of wild rides and some business mixed with pleasure, a 41-24 loss to Tulane in the Cure Bowl on Saturday left UL with hope.

Hope for building on what was accomplished in Billy Napier's first season as head coach of the Ragin' Cajuns, a tally that includes seven victories, a Sun Belt Conference West Division title, a spot in the Sun Belt's inaugural championship game which ended with a loss at Appalachian State and a bowl appearance as well.