LSU coaches will be at football camps hosted by Tulane and Southeastern Louisiana next month. Other schools that had been invited to those camps? They were disinvited — and LSU might be the reason.
Coaches from Michigan, Texas, Texas A&M, Arkansas and Houston had planned to work camps in Louisiana this summer, but none will now. SI.com reported that LSU could be at the center of the welcome mat being rolled up, writing that Tulane and Southeastern “appeared to succumb to pressure from LSU, which has financial and political power in its state that few schools in the country can match.”
But Tigers coach Ed Orgeron denied holding any sway, telling SI.com that “this was us keeping Louisiana together.”
Orgeron did also say, “Protecting the state of Louisiana is always going to be my job as the coach of LSU.”
One of the ways the Tigers could influence these programs is by scheduling — or not scheduling — them in the future. For example, Southeastern Louisiana is scheduled to play in Baton Rouge in 2018.
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