BATON ROUGE, La. — New wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig comes to LSU with the same exact title he held the last three years at Auburn.
But don’t call that a lateral move.
Asked about the switch from SEC West rivals for the same role, Craig saw his newest position as a promotion.
“In your career, you have personal goals and team goals, and you set those as a player and a coach,” said Craig at his introductory press conference Wednesday.
“You want to see growth and development in your career, and that’s part of the reason for coming here. Getting the opportunity to coach for coach (Les) Miles is not a lateral move.”
Craig takes over as LSU’s wide receivers coach for Tony Ball, who left the position to pursue other opportunities over the weekend.
Craig, who served as a graduate assistant for the LSU in 2004 under coach Nick Saban, was hired a day after Ball’s departure.
His eagerness to return to LSU was quite apparent.
“I had the chance to compete against LSU, which is one of our greatest rivalries alongside Alabama,” Craig said. “You knew it was going to be a physical game, a hard-nosed game, with very talented, tough players. I was very familiar with LSU and the opportunity to come back here and compete for SEC championships and a national championship was part of my reasons for coming back.”
Championship aspirations are abundant in Baton Rouge, La., and oft-discussed.
Craig is hoping he can be a missing piece to that puzzle and is willing to take on whatever responsibilities necessary to help the LSU fulfill those expectations.
“It starts with leadership at the top of the chain with the head coach and athletic director,” Craig said. “They do an outstanding job at giving the student-athletes what they need to be successful. It would be attractive to anyone in the country. I’m coming into a situation where the groundwork has been set. For me to be a part of it and learn and continue to get better and hopefully compete for championships.”