Nearly two months after losing three assistant coaches and a support staff member to South Carolina, Auburn has lost another one to an SEC foe, this one in the same division.
Dameyune Craig, who had been the Auburn receivers coach since 2013, has been named to the same position at LSU, the school announced.
“I want to thank the Auburn family for all of their love and support over the years,” Craig said via an LSU press release. “My decision to make this career move is in no way a reflection of Auburn or the Auburn family. It is strictly a professional decision. It’s about growing as a coach and, hopefully, one day becoming a head coach.
“Auburn has played a pivotal role in my professional and personal life. Words can't express how grateful I am to the Auburn family and all of the incredible people who are part of that wonderful community. I will forever be indebted to the opportunities that Auburn gave me.”
Craig, who played quarterback at Auburn from 1994-97, came to Auburn from Florida State in 2013 under head coach Gus Malzahn. He was a graduate assistant at LSU in 2004 under Nick Saban.
The Pritchard, Alabama, native is considered one of the nation's best recruiters, and he just put together one of the best wide receiver classes in Auburn history.
The Tigers signed four-star receivers Nate Craig-Myers, Kyle Davis and Eli Stove, all ranked in the top 113 of the ESPN 300, and three-star Marquis McClain. Craig was the primary recruiter for each of the four wide receivers.
"I want to thank Dameyune for his contributions during the last three years and wish him and his family nothing but the best. We will work quickly to search for his replacement," Malzahn announced in a press release.
LSU was in need of a wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator after the departure of Tony Ball on Saturday.
Craig becomes the second offensive assistant to leave this offseason, as offensive line coach J.B. Grimes departed for the same position at Cincinnati in January.
"I want to thank Dameyune for his contributions during the last three years and wish him and his family nothing but the best," Malzahn said in a statement. "We will work quickly to search for his replacement."