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LSU football coach Les Miles introduces two new assistant coaches

Coach Miles staff is now full with the hirings of Juluke and Craig. Coach Miles staff is now full with the hirings of Juluke and Craig.
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Les Miles finished filling his staff with the hires of running backs coach Jabbar Juluke and wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig.

Below is the transcript of their introductory press conference.

HEAD COACH LES MILES

Opening Statement…

“I am very pleased to introduce two quality coaches today, Jabbar Juluke and Dameyune Craig. Jabbar Juluke is going to coach our running backs. He is based out of New Orleans. He did a great job there at Edna Karr. He played in three state championship games and won the state championship once. He is also a part of a National Championship team at Southern in 1993. He spent three years at Louisiana Tech where he coached Kenneth Dixon who has several NCAA records. He has done a great job and was an early draft pick. He brings a wealth of knowledge and interpersonal strength to our program. His relationships with players will be very strong.

Dameyune Craig will coach our wide receivers. Just before the old staff departed and the new staff arrived, he came into my office and said, ‘Listen, I’ll stay if you want to make me full-time.’ I told him you are going to have to give me some time here to make a decision. Meantime, he went on to the Miami Dolphins. I told him 15 minutes ago it just takes me a little bit of time to come around to do what I want to do. He’s a quarterback by nature. He knows every position on the field. He coached under Jimbo Fisher. Jimbo is a great coach and mentor. There he coached several first-round draft picks. He comes from the SEC. He was a quarterback for Auburn. He comes with knowledge of how to compete at this level and has great experience. When you play quarterback, you know every play and know what all 11 guys are doing on that play. That kind of knowledge makes for great coaches. We are thrilled to introduce both guys. I look forward to working alongside them and preparing a team that can do some very special things.”

LSU RUNNING BACKS COACH JABBAR JULUKE

Opening Statement…

“Good afternoon. It is an honor and privilege to be here working for LSU. I am excited for the opportunity to work for a great man with great leadership in the administration here at LSU. I am excited to be here and looking forward to some great times, winning a lot of games and impacting a lot of young men’s lives.”

On wearing his LSU ball cap to today’s opening press conference…

“One, I want to represent LSU. I wanted you to see it that I am representing this state well. Also, when you are bald you want to cover your head up to make sure you don’t get any sun burn or anything of that nature. That’s why I wear it, to protect my head when my hair doesn’t grow anymore.”

On the quick turnaround from Texas Tech to LSU…

“It’s LSU. That was a very easy choice. I am very grateful for the people at Texas Tech. Coach Kingsbury and his staff over there did an outstanding job of welcoming me aboard. They are family, but to have an opportunity to come coach at LSU is a dream come true for myself and my family. My wife and I are very excited about this opportunity. This is the best program in the country. You want to be here.”

On his relationship with former LSU coach Frank Wilson…

“I know Frank really well. I am definitely going to lean on him, but also Frank isn’t here anymore. So I am going to lean on the people who are here at LSU to find out how things go around here, what we do and how we are going to do it. I want to be here, be a team player and do whatever is asked of me. I will be leaning on Coach Miles, Coach Cam (Cameron) and all of those guys in the staff room to make me a better football coach and help this university the best I can.”

On his strong ties to New Orleans making him an attractive candidate for the job…

“I think those ties have a part in it, but I think I have good relationships without the state of Louisiana. Being a former high school coach, I made relationships all the way through. I coached up north. My relationships extend throughout the state of Louisiana, and I am excited about meeting new people and doing things to make this university better.”

On what influenced him to become a football coach…

“(Former Southern University Football) Coach (Pete) Richardson. I love that guy. He really helped me as an individual. That is where I get some of my love for the kids. Coach Richardson was a players’ coach. He would also steer you straight and tell you when you were doing right or when you were doing wrong. It was that tough love. I really appreciate him for giving me that tough love and putting me down the right direction. I hope that I can continue to do the things he did for me by helping as many young men as I can.”

LSU WIDE RECEIVERS COACH DAMEYUNE CRAIG

Opening Statement…

“Good afternoon. How are you doing? I am honored to be here like Coach Juluke said. It’s a great opportunity for me and my family to get a chance to come back here where I started, basically where my career started as a college football coach. I was a graduate assistant here back in 2004. I am just excited about having an opportunity to come back and compete for championships and learn from the best college football coach in the nation.”

On coming to LSU from Auburn being more of a lateral move…

“I don’t look at it as a lateral move. In your career, you have personal goals and you have team goals that you set. I have always set those, as a player and now as a coach. You just want to see men grow up and develop in your career, on and off the field. That was part of the reason for coming here. Getting a chance to work for Coach Miles is definitely not a lateral move. I hope you don’t think it is in any way.”

On competing against LSU as a former Auburn and Florida State coach…

“I have always had a chance to compete against LSU, and I consider that one of my greatest rivalries along with Alabama. I was always ready to play against LSU. I got excited. I knew it was going to be a physical game, a hard-nose game. They were very talented and tough. They play hard and are very competitive. I was very familiar with LSU. It was an opportunity for me to come back here. I know they will always contend for SEC championships and national championships. That was part of my reason for coming back.”

On LSU’s recruiting class and talented group of wide receivers…

“I think it starts with the leadership. It starts at the top of the food chain. That’s with the head coach and the athletic director. They are doing an outstanding job of leading this program and giving the student-athletes what they need to be successful. That is attractive to anybody in the country. That’s where it starts.  I am just coming into a situation where the groundwork has been set. I just need to be a part of this, continue to learn and get better and hopefully compete for championships.”

On working with the LSU quarterbacks…

“I just want to come in and be the best coach I can be. Whatever they need me to do, I am willing to do it. It’s obvious that my knowledge of the position, having the opportunity to play in the SEC and the NFL, will obviously be a help to the coaching staff. If they need it or ask for it, I will be willing to do it, but that’s not my role here. I want to come and just fit in to what we are doing here. If you’ve been around the SEC and have had this kind of success over the course of 10 years, you know what you are doing. It’s not of me to try to come in here and change what they are doing. It’s only of me to come in to learn and add if I am asked to add my advice. Other than that, I just want to be the best co-worker I can be.”

On having a super recruiting staff at LSU…

“I think this university attracts the student-athletes. It’s not about an individual. I think you just have to be yourself. You have great personalities here that fit with the head coach and the athletic director here at LSU. We are just a part of that. I think the attraction is the university, the football program, the tradition and being in the SEC. Anytime you walk to any school and talk to any recruit, you should be the top-five in the conversation. I am just a part of that. I just need to come here and learn as much as I can about the tradition of LSU and how we do things here as far as how we develop our players to go on and be NFL players. LSU has a great tradition of developing guys and moving them on to the next level. They have a great tradition of winning championships here, so that sells. I am just here to add to that, and Coach Juluke here will add to that. We will bring our personalities to this proud tradition of this program.”

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