Texas Tech Hires Jabbar Juluke After Demotion By LSU

    Texas Tech hired former LSU assistant Jabbar Juluke on Tuesday after the former Tigers assistant was demoted following his first season in Baton Rouge.

    February 7, 2017

    Texas Tech hired former LSU assistant Jabbar Juluke on Tuesday after the former Tigers assistant was demoted following his first season in Baton Rouge. 


    Ed Orgeron’s loss is the the Kliff Kingsbury’s gain.

    On Tuesday, Texas Tech hired former LSU running backs coach Jabbar Juluke, days after he was demoted by the Tigers to an off-field position within the athletics department.

    The move by the Red Raiders will certainly generate some positive publicity, as Juluke is a well-known and respected figure within the state of Louisiana and the New Orleans community, and his departure from LSU was nothing short of controversial.

    His demotion went hand-and-hand with the firing of now-former wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig, as both occurred after National Signing Day last Wednesday. This past season was the first for both in Baton Rouge.

    Juluke originally left Louisiana Tech for a job on Kingsbury’s staff following the 2015-16 season before leaving for LSU weeks later.

    However, many high school head coaches in the New Orleans area were not pleased with the way Juluke was treated, as they believe he was used to help the Tigers finish the 2017 recruiting cycle on a high note before ultimately being pushed aside. And, according to SEC Country, many of those same high school coaches set up a meeting Tuesday night to discuss whether or not they would boycott LSU and keep its coaches from recruiting their players.

    For Orgeron, losing New Orleans would be a massive hit, as it’s a huge pool of talent from which the program has pulled from for years.

    But for the Red Raiders, the hiring is a genius move. Texas Tech’s re-hiring of Juluke fills a need on the staff and will help the program recruit the New Orleans area. Now, some of those recruits who would have wound up at LSU will end up elsewhere if the Tigers are exiled by the high school powerhouses.

    We’ve already seen six Louisiana prospects commit to Kansas in the last four days, five of which committed on Saturday. There could be a hidden connection there, as the Jayhawks signed only two players from the Pelican State in their 2017 recruiting class.

    Maybe David Beaty saw an opportunity and is capitalizing on it. Kingsbury probably noticed how Juluke could help Texas Tech recruiting when he hired him the first time. If LSU is cut off from New Orleans, the effect could be amplified.

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