Still ragin': Murray County native Billy Napier gets contract extension as Louisiana-Lafayette head football coach

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Louisiana-Lafayette football coach Billy Napier, right, holds up a jersey after being newly hired and introduced by director of athletics Bryan Maggard during a press conference on Dec. 18, 2017, in Lafayette, Louisiana.

The University of Louisiana-Lafayette athletics department and head football coach Billy Napier agreed Tuesday to an extension of the second-year coach and Chatsworth native's original contract with the school.

An article released by the athletics department stated director of athletics Bryan Maggard announced the decision on Tuesday and that Napier's contract now extends through the 2023 season.

Napier is a 1998 graduate of Murray County High School and played quarterback for his father and late head coach Bill Napier -- the winningest coach in school history. Billy Napier, 40, is the eldest of four Napier children.

This is Napier's first head job since entering the college coaching world after graduating from Furman University in 2002. He had multiple stints at Clemson, including as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2009-2010. He also coached in three national championships with Nick Saban at Alabama, with two victories, most recently as its wide receivers coach. Napier was the offensive coordinator at Arizona State in 2017 before taking the job in Louisiana.

In his first season leading the Ragin' Cajuns (7-7, 5-3), Napier coached the team to winning the 2018 Sun Belt Conference West Division Championship and advanced to the inaugural conference championship game. The team also made its first bowl appearance since 2016, traveling to the 2018 AutoNation Cure Bowl in Orlando, Florida, falling to Tulane, 41-24.

"My family and I are extremely excited about the recent contract extension," Napier said in the school's article. "This extension will help improve the experience of our student-athletes and solidify the infrastructure of our organization. We will continue building an elite football program. We are so thankful for the many people who have embraced our staff and families in Lafayette and throughout Acadiana."

This season the Ragin' Cajuns are 4-1. The team next plays when it hosts Appalachian State on Wednesday, Oct. 9.

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