The former Kentucky head football coach alleged that LSU and football head coach, Ed Orgeron, used their influence to keep out-of-state schools from attending satellite camps in Baton Rouge.
Mumme is the head coach at Division III Belhaven University, the school hosting the satellite camp. The camp was originally scheduled to be held in Baton Rouge but Louisiana politics forced the camp to be canceled.
Mumme re-scheduled the camp to be held in Hammon, La., which was once again canceled due to pressure from LSU.
On Wednesday Mumme criticized Orgeron and LSU’s actions in an interview with WLBT in Jackson, Mississippi calling Orgeron “paranoid.”
“Paranoid Ed has kind of made it real plain that he was not going to allow any schools from outside of the state to come in there and look at their players,” Mumme said. He went around and did camps on their FCS campuses and wanted that to suffice. The problem with that is, of the 11 schools that play football in Louisiana, there’s only one of them, Louisiana College, that’s Division III. All the rest of them are D-I schools.”
“You probably have 300 or 400 kids a year that are capable of playing football and not all of them can play in Division I, so they’re not getting looked at,” Mumme told Barker. “Like I said, we had Cornell coming from the Ivy League; that would’ve presented some opportunities there. If you live in Louisiana and you don’t live on I-10 or I-20, you probably live in a place that’s fairly hard to get to, and a lot of these schools that would’ve come to this camp are not going to go and find you.”
However, Mumme took his unhappiness with LSU to another level this morning, telling 99.1 FM The Game in Birmingham Alabama that he turned Orgeron into the NCAA.
“I think the NCAA needs to come in and look at that,” Mumme said Thursday. “I don’t see how a public figure at an SEC school can basically extort people into not using their facilities for the public good.”
Two schools that were supposed to be in attendance, Texas and Houston. LSU was close to hiring Tom Herman after the departure Les Miles, but instead Herman ended up at Texas this off-season.
“That failed courtship rankled LSU athletic department officials,” SI.com wrote.
Hey Hal, the NCAA is currently a little busy cleaning up the mess in Louisville.