LSU announces new WR, RB coaches
It did not take long for Ed Orgeron to fill the vacancies on his staff after the dismissal of running backs coach Jabbar Juluke and wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig. Former USC assistant Tommie Robinson will coach running backs and former Louisiana Tech assistant Mickey Joseph will coach wide receivers for the Tigers.
“We are very excited to bring on board two outstanding coaches in Tommie Robinson and Mickey Joseph,” Orgeron said in a release. “Mickey is well-known in our state and he has strong ties to New Orleans. He’s an outstanding coach with a great deal of experience on the offensive side of the ball. He’s an outstanding recruiter with a great work ethic and will be a tremendous addition to the staff.”
Joesph’s New Orleans ties could prove valuable in smoothing things over with area high school coaches reportedly upset over Juluke’s dismissal. Robinson, a Phenix City, Ala. native, has shown the ability to recruit from all over the country.
“Tommie was recently named the Pac-12 Recruiter of the Year and is considered one of the top running back coaches in college football. Tommie brings an impressive resume to our staff, one that includes six years of coaching in the NFL. He’s going to be a tremendous asset to our program and will be a great resource for all of us.”
Robinson has extensive college football coaching experience and two stints in the NFL with the Dallas Cowboy (1998-2000) and the Arizona Cardinals (2010-12). Most recently has bounced back and forth between USC (2013, 2016) and Texas (2014-15) the past two seasons. In the 2017 recruiting cycle, Robinson was rated the Pac-12’s No. 1 recruiter by the 247Sports Composite. Helping USC land six of its 24 commitments, including 5-star RB Stephen Carr, 5-star OT Austin Jackson, 4-star S Bubba Bolden, 4-star S Isaiah Pola-Mao and 4-star OLB Levi Jones.
Joseph has deep ties to Louisiana. The New Orleans native played for Nebraska from 1987-1991 and began his coaching career in 1999 as a graduate assistant at Tulane. He was head coach at the private Desire Street Academy high school from 2005-08 and coached at Langston as an assistant from 2009-10 and head coach 2011-12. Last season he coached running backs at Louisiana Tech, but he recently coached wide receivers at Alcorn State (2013) and Grambling (2014-15).