NEW ORLEANS -- Karl Benson is no stranger to Bronco nation. The Boise State alum who once served as commissioner for the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) now heads up the Sun Belt Conference, of which the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is a longtime member.
KTVB caught up with Benson Wednesday afternoon, less than two weeks before the Boise State Broncos take on the Ragin' Cajuns at Cajun Stadium.
He says the strength of Louisiana's residents has been on display in recent weeks in the wake of deadly flooding that hit areas around Baton Rouge and Lafayette hard.
"There's been a spirit of cooperation and a spirit of togetherness and you know, it was 10 years ago last fall that Katrina hit New Orleans," Benson said.
Recently, members of the Louisiana-Lafayette football team visited Youngsville, La., to help flooding victims clear out debris and start to move forward.
They'll face the Boise State Broncos on the football field Saturday, Sept. 3.
Benson says he's been in close contact with University of Louisiana leaders regarding any impacts on the season-opener.
"I don't think that there will be any effect or impact on the game or fans coming to Louisiana," Benson told KTVB.
The Ragin' Cajuns play in an outdoor stadium that seats more than 36,000 people. Benson says there haven't been any structural issues at the venue.
Benson is looking forward to seeing Boise State fans in Lafayette on game day.
"I think Boise State fans are going to really, really enjoy the atmosphere and the environment," he said. "You know, they're coming into Cajun Country and they take their football seriously."
The Broncos and Ragin' Cajuns will kickoff at 10 a.m. MT on September 3. The season-opener will only be available on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app in the state of Idaho.