Dameyune Craig Latest Assistant To Leave Auburn

    Dameyune Craig, one of the nation's top recruiters, left his alma mater Auburn to take the same job at division rival LSU.

    February 15, 2016

    The door leading into the Auburn football office must be revolving, because assistant coaches are coming and going as fast as head coach Gus Malzahn prefers his high-tempo offense.

    The latest was quite a shock, as Dameyune Craig, wide receiver coach and one of the nation’s top recruiters, left the program for the same position at division rival LSU. Coaches jump from school to school all the time, but Craig, a former Auburn quarterback, is beloved by the fan base. His return to his alma mater in 2013 was lauded as a major victory.

    The move for Craig, just a week and a half after National Signing Day, is a bad look for him, and will be used against him by opposing coaches for years to come. After being a key aspect in building a top ten recruiting class, including a highly regarded wide receiving corps led by Nate Craig-Myers, by telling those kids to come to Auburn so they could build something special together, Craig is now gone and those players are left to wonder what will happen next. This fact is made even worse by the news that he had been talking to other schools for more than a month.

    This is not Craig’s first stop in Baton Rouge, as he spent the 2004 season as a graduate assistant under coach Nick Saban for the Tigers.

    Before returning to Auburn, Craig spent three years at Florida State as quarterback coach, recruiting eventual Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston to Tallahassee.

    This is a bad look for Malzahn as well, who has now lost eight assistants – either voluntary or involuntary – over the last two years, and has now let a top recruiter with Auburn ties go to a rival.

    Already on the hot seat going into the 2016 season, Malzahn and the Tigers have sputtered, going 15-11 the last two seasons after being ranked in the Top 10 both preseasons. The offense, Malzahn’s specialty, was less than mediocre last season.

    In the end, LSU gains an ace recruiter who has a special knack for relating to players, while Auburn loses one of its own.

    Craig will return to Jordan-Hare Stadium on September 24, but will be wearing purple and gold instead of orange and blue. The reaction by fans, and especially the Auburn coaches, will be interesting.

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