I think it's somewhat curious that they stuck with Allegiant after the close call last year. Never found anything in public that explained what happened, wonder if the school got an explanation?
Contractual obligations, maybe? Might be too costly for McNeese to get out of the contract if they signed a multi-year deal.
I've seen a couple of articles that mentioned "pilot distraction" as the suspected cause of the Allegiant incident at LCH last year. However, the articles didn't say specifically what the pilots did or did not do as a result of the distraction.
The main runway at LCH is only 6500' long. Given that the flight was operated in early September, it was likely very hot. Perhaps they had the flaps set wrong for the conditions, and were not able to get airborne without overrunning the runway.
I noticed for last week's flight, they departed from Chennault Field (KCWF) instead of Lake Charles Regional. Chennault has a nice, 10,700' runway that probably allows for a much greater safety margin than LCH.