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Drama Camp Report: Orgeron, LSU Broke No Rules

Hal Mumme can report all he wants.

Dan Davis

Thursday evening The Advocate’s Ross Dellenger issued what, I’m sure, everybody involved hopes will be the final report on all this ridiculous satellite camp drama:

Mumme does not know what NCAA rule, if any, LSU violated. He hopes the governing body of college athletics will at least “look into” the matter.

Bo Bahnsen, LSU’s senior associate athletic director overseeing compliance, said he is not aware of any NCAA rule the school broke in this regard. Bahnsen has not been notified by the Southeastern Conference or the NCAA of any rule breaking.

“I do not see anything where there was any violation of any NCAA rule that would prohibit us from talking to other schools about working their satellite camps,” he told The Advocate in an interview Thursday.

Long story short, whatever “political pressure” LSU applied here — and I’d love to know what there even was to investigate beyond whether or not some phone calls were made — it worked. Orgeron won. Tom Herman’s attempt to make an end-around NCAA Satellite Camp rules via willing patsy Belhaven University and recruit in Louisiana, has failed.

He'll just have to recruit like any other coach. Use film to evaluate players, and make the best use of visits and phone calls for himself and his assistants. The horror.

And let us be 100 percent crystal clear on this — Herman doesn’t care about the handful of secondary prospects that might have attended Hal Mumme’s camp. He wasn’t going to offer any of them a scholarship either, most likely. Tom Herman made a tactical decision to try and increase awareness of his brand in a fertile recruiting area. Ed Orgeron made a tactical decision to block that and protect said area, which is much more vital to his interests and success. When Herman’s gambit didn’t work, he got on the phone with a hackish media proxy to try and cast dispersions upon LSU with a one-sided, ethically dubious load of clickbait.

Anybody who makes this about anything more is either uselessly naive or lying.

Losing the top prospects in Louisiana has been the source of LSU’s worst struggles over the decades, and to a lesser degree, it played a role in Les Miles’ downfall. More than anything, it was an inattention to small details and relationships that contributed to programs like Alabama and others coming in and snagging players like Cameron Robinson and Landon Collins. Orgeron plans on halting that process as best he can and has wisely realized that he can also enrich the state’s other programs in the process.

This isn’t the end of that struggle, but it was a strong first step.