LSU football coach Ed Orgeron is reportedly working hard to make sure Tom Herman and the Texas Longhorns do not establish a recruiting presence in the state of Louisiana.
Recently, LSU pressured Division III program Belhaven into cancelling a planned satellite camp in the state because the Longhorns were set to attend. Two other satellite camps in the state have also been shut down in recent weeks due to pressure from LSU.
Belhaven head coach Hal Mumme blamed Orgeron for the cancellation, saying the Tigers coach was hurting kids in his state.
“If you are the head coach at LSU, you should want the other kids in your state to have an opportunity,” Mumme said, via Sports Illustrated. “Ed needs to think about those kids that aren’t going to get a scholarship to LSU. I’ve been in the SEC as the coach of the (flagship) university of the state. You have show respect to those other kids as well.”
Mumme added to the criticism by giving Orgeron a new nickname.
“It was for sure pressure from LSU,” Mumme said on AM 1300 The Zone in Austin, via Chip Brown of Horns Digest. “I call him Paranoid Ed.”
Is Orgeron potentially negatively impacting kids in Louisiana who wouldn’t have the opportunity to attend a top school like LSU from receiving other offers? Possibly. But is he protecting his recruiting grounds in hopes of keeping homegrown talent coming to the Tigers? Absolutely.
And can you really blame a guy for doing whatever he can to win?
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