Louisiana Tech coach Skip Holtz obviously wants his Bulldogs to beat Ed Orgeron’s LSU Tigers when Tech visits Tiger Stadium on Sept. 22.
But for right now, Holtz is in a sense on the same team as Orgeron.
Holtz was in Baton Rouge pulling double duty Wednesday, attending The Boot Showcase Camp on Wednesday afternoon at Southern’s A.W. Mumford Stadium then speaking to a group of Louisiana Tech boosters Wednesday night at a Bulldog Blitz tour event at Mike Anderson’s restaurant.
In addition to coaches from host Southern, LSU and Tech, coaches from Tulane, Nicholls State, UL-Monroe and Louisiana College were on hand Wednesday.
“I told him (Wednesday), I don’t think anyone could have championed that cause the way he has as the head coach at LSU,” Holtz said. “What he’s done is keep the visiting schools out and unify the college and high school coaches so our camps are being done here. He’s inviting all of us to his camps with open arms.”
Holtz said members of LSU’s staff are scheduled to work a camp Sunday in Ruston.
The successes are easy to chronicle for Louisiana Tech the last four seasons.
Wednesday’s camp is in line with Orgeron’s stated objective of trying to work with in-state schools to keep out-of-state schools on the outside as much as possible when it comes to talent-rich Louisiana. That means working to conduct camps with in-state schools while urging them to avoid conducting camps with out-of-state schools like Michigan, in-state schools that generally are not recruiting the same level of player as LSU, the state’s only Power Five conference program.
Orgeron’s stance has drawn criticism nationally from media and out-of-state coaches. Holtz, however, said he is totally on board.
“What a phenomenal message it sends the student-athletes in this state about how important football is to the state of Louisiana,” Holtz said. “I’m very appreciative of the job he’s done and I’m 100 percent with him.”