A major role reversal is in order for the ULM football team this week. Opening Saturday for the Warhawks meant a money game road trip to Florida State, where underdog ULM was whipped 34-0.
Week 2 on the schedule brings a home opener as a decisive favorite over neighboring FCS program Grambling State. The last time (and first time) the two programs met in 2007, more than 30,000 fans jammed Malone Stadium where ULM won 28-14. It's a familiar yo-yo process for the Warhawks and second-year head coach Todd Berry.
"It's one of those things that a lot of programs in our league face at times," Berry said Monday during the Sun Belt Conference media call. "Because of us wanting to bring our programs up to more elite status and the financial considerations that nobody else wants to play -- that's why you get more money out of ‘em -- we're always going to be in this issue every year."
A ULM team with aspirations to compete in the Sun Belt Conference aspires to post more positive results on friendlier home turf.
"The thing we've tried to challenge our players with and where I want to get them to that point is they really shouldn't care who they're playing," Berry said. "It's really about your performance and how well you play. That's what great players do. They love the game and they want to play well that ball game. That's obviously going to be a challenge for us this week. I talked to our players last week about that same thing. We shouldn't care if we play Florida State or the North Monroe Junior High. It's all about playing to the best of your abilities and the rest of things take care of themselves."