Former Kentucky coach Hal Mumme, the current coach of Division III Belhaven in Jackson, Miss., is not a fan of LSU coach Ed Orgeron.
According to a Sports Illustrated story, Mumme says Orgeron is responsible for shuttering the Belhaven-sponsored satellite camp. The camp, which was to include representatives from Texas and other schools, had an agreement to host the camp at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in Hammond, La.
But, according to the story, hours after that agreement, school administrators in Hammond succumbed to pressure from LSU. Mumme said the canceled camp will cost cash-strapped Belhaven $5,000.
Orgeron already has made it clear he wants to he doesn’t want Texas or any other school trying to take players out of the state. Tulane was to host a camp on June 9 that Michigan was set to attend a June 9 satellite camp at Tulane. But Tulane then dropped Michigan and replaced it with LSU. And a camp at Southeastern Louisiana replaced Texas, Texas A&M, Houston and Arkansas with LSU.
In a previous SI story, Orgeron said, “Protecting the state of Louisiana is always going to be my job as the coach of LSU.”
Fat man and little school
Mumme added that the real shame of all the Orgeron-led politics is that it keeps some of the non-elite players from getting looks from smaller schools, like Belhaven.
“If you are the head coach at LSU, you should want the other kids in your state to have an opportunity,” Mumme said. “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.”.
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