Update: Two New Orleans metro area high school football coaches told WGNO that there is no boycott planned for LSU. The original report from SEC Country said a boycott by area coaches was upcoming after LSU demoted running backs coach Jabbar Juluke. A meeting for the coaches is still scheduled for Thursday, but Juluke is only expected to be a small part of the meeting.
"Why would we boycott LSU?" one of the coaches told WGNO. "We have kids who want to play there."
LSU coach Ed Orgeron celebrates recruiting wins on Twitter with, "Hold That Tiger!" and he said on National Signing Day that he'd spent the final weeks of the recruiting cycle gobbling through bowls of gumbo across the state. The Tigers locked up the No. 7 recruiting class in the country, and from the outside you'd think all is well with LSU football on the trail.
But a recent report from SEC Country's LSU recruiting writer suggests that Orgeron is facing a potential boycott of LSU by several of the New Orleans metro area high school football coaches. The coaches are meeting Thursday. Coaches from schools that produced Leonard Fournette, Tyrann Mathieu and others are on the list of expected attendees.
Orgeron is reportedly aware of the meeting and in contact with some of the high school coaches.
The boycott centers around Orgeron's handling in the demotion of running backs coach Jabbar Juluke, a New Orleans native and championship-winning coach at Southern University out of Baton Rouge.
Last week, just one day after National Signing Day, LSU announced coaching changes that included the dismissal of Dameyune Craig with Juluke taken off his post and reassigned, presumably to an off-the-field role.
Instead, Juluke has landed back at Texas Tech on Kliff Kinsbury's staff as associate head coach in charge of the running backs.
"We are thrilled to welcome Coach Juluke and his family back to Lubbock," Kingsbury said in a release. "Coach Juluke has worked with several tremendous running backs over his career and his knowledge of that position will greatly benefit our offense. His experience on the recruiting trail is also very valuable, and I know he will have a significant impact in all phases of our program."
Whether Orgeron can work himself out of this remains to be seen.