LSU’s decision to let wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator Demeyune Craig go on Thursday was a surprising one. In fact, the move surprised not only outsiders to the program but plenty of players currently on the team.

Craig had just joined the staff last February and had been one of the Tigers best recruiters since joining the staff. The former Auburn quarterback has an extensive history both playing and coaching in the SEC and took a chance leaving his alma mater to join Les Miles’ staff in Baton Rouge. Now a year later, he’s currently out of a job.

According to LSU beat writer Glenn Guilbeau of The Advertiser, the relationship between LSU head coach Ed Orgeron never materialized quite as well as the remaining members of the Tigers staff.

While waiting until after National Signing Day to fire Craig may seem disingenuous at best, it’s a far too common practice in today’s world of college football.

Considering LSU could very well have landed elite JUCO defensive end prospect Isaiah Buggs had Coach O not fired special teams coordinator Bradley Dale Peveto (Buggs’ main LSU recruiter) back in November, Orgeron may have learned something from that experience. Keeping the highly-ranked recruiting class held together until signing day had to have played into Orgeron’s decision to keep Craig until February.

Following Dale Peveto’s firing, the Louisana native Buggs ultimately signed with Alabama and is already enrolled in Tuscaloosa.

Soon after learning of Craig’s fate, several LSU players and recruits reacted unfavorably on social media.

In a since-deleted tweet, receiver Dee Anderson had this to say via

“Taking one of the best coaches off the staff? stupid asf to me.”

Running back Derrius Guice chimed in with this since-deleted tweet:

“If it’s not one thing it’s another!”

While two LSU signees had this to say:

Dee Anderson has since apologized for his first tweet and sent out another tweet explaining his thought process and showing encouragement for the direction of the program:


Hard not to blame these players for showing some emotion following an experienced coach and excellent recruiter leaving the program immediately after signing day. Unfortunately, these moves have become far too familiar in the high business world of major college football. Don’t be surprised to see Craig land on his feet in a hurry, potentially at an SEC rival for the 2017 season.