Dameyune Craig Left Auburn For LSU ‘To Continue Career Development’

    Dameyune Craig left Auburn for an LSU job in February. In a recent interview he explained that the reason was in the name of "career development."

    March 30, 2016

    Dameyune Craig left Auburn for an LSU job in February. In a recent interview he explained that the reason was in the name of “career development.”

    Dameyune Craig remains a fan favorite in Auburn nearly 20 years after his playing days, and his return to the Plains in 2013 as co-offensive coordinator was a popular move by new head coach Gus Malzahn. This offseason, however, Craig stunned Tiger fans by bolting to rival LSU to become its wide receiver coach.

    Rumors surrounding Craig’s departure were that he and offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee, who has been alongside Malzahn since a high schooler in 2004-05, did not get along. There have also been rumblings that Malzahn decided to side with his long-time disciple over Craig.

    On Friday, Craig spoke to WNSP Sports Radio in Mobile, and was asked if he felt Malzahn had indeed chose Lashlee over himself.

    “The reason I left (Auburn) was to continue my career and my development as a coach. Nothing more, nothing less,” Craig said.

    Widely considered one of the top recruiters in college football, Craig helped bring in a solid wide receiver class on National Signing Day before leaving for Baton Rouge 11 days later. Prior to 2013, Craig had spent three years at Florida State, serving as both quarterbacks coach and recruiting coordinator.

    On returning to Auburn, Craig told WNSP, “I knew what I was getting myself into to come back and help my school. It wasn’t about Gus Malzahn. It wasn’t about Rhett Lashlee. It wasn’t about offense. It was about Auburn University. It was about Auburn University being 3-9, and having the worst season in the history of college football, and I wanted to come back and change it. Just like I did as a player. When I chose Auburn out of high school, Auburn was 4-8.”

    In two years as starting quarterback, Craig went 18-7, including a 10-win season in 1997 and SEC West title. Despite his move to the Bayou Bengals, Craig remains steadfast on his feelings about Auburn.

    “People can say what they want to say but the fact of the matter is that’s my university,” Craig said. “And the reason I came back was for that reason only.”

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