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Former Warhawks react to new ULM coaching hires

Published: Jan. 13, 2021 at 10:33 PM CST
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MONROE, La. (KNOE) - The Terry Bowden era has begun at ULM.

Bowden and his new associate head coach Rich Rodriguez will lead the reigns to turn around a football program coming off a 0-10 season in 2020.

The big name hires look great on paper, but how do former players feel about it?

“Initially, the first thing that came to my mind was wow. Is this really true,” DJ Davis said.

DJ Davis is a former linebacker for the Warhawks and serves on the Alumni Association Board. He said this is the “shot in the arm” this football program needed.

“Up front, it’s a great hire. Once again we’re looking at experience, you know legends that have come across college football that I think will bring some attention, some positive attention across the Monroe area,” Davis said.

There are other alumni who are excited about the economic impact this will bring to the city and the region. Former ULM athlete Joey Trappey said this is the time to buy in.

“It’s probably the first time that we’ve had a hire of this caliber coming in with a name behind it, so now is the time for people to jump in,” Trappey said.

From a fan perspective, Davis said people must be patient. He believes success will come from this group, but it will take time.

“You know we got a new university president, a new head coach, another new coach that’s coming in that’s going to bring a bunch of new concepts and ideas. With that process, I just ask for the fans to continue to be excited but at the same time be patient and allow this process to take its due course.”

Rodriguez will be officially introduced at a media event on Monday, Jan 18.

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