If you’ve been closely following Texas Tech’s coaching carousel, the name might sound familiar. Last year, shortly following Mike Jinks promotion to head coach at Bowling Green, Kingsbury brought on Jaluke from Louisiana Tech. Juluke is famous around the New Orleans region for his tenure at at Edna Karr High School. During his decade there, he led the Cougars to a state championship during his final season. After spending five weeks in Lubbock, former LSU head coach, Les Miles, offered Juluke the same position in Baton Rouge.
Fast forward a year. Miles is no longer employed, and new LSU head coach, Ed Orgeron “reassigned” Juluke to a lesser assistant position. The replacement TTU RB coach and former NFL standout, DeShaun Foster, left for the same position at his alma mater. Effectively demoted, Jabbar begins his journey at Texas Tech once again. While the hire may come with a little drama for LSU, according to SEC Country, this is a homerun for the Red Raiders. Per Kingsbury Tuesday afternoon:
“We are thrilled to welcome Coach Juluke and his family back to Lubbock,” Kingsbury said. “Coach Juluke has worked with several tremendous running backs over his career and his knowledge of that position will greatly benefit our offense. His experience on the recruiting trail is also very valuable, and I know he will have a significant impact in all phases of our program.”
Interestingly, the hire comes with an “Associate Head Coach” title as well. I can only speculate that he will be involved with some of the administrative duties given his experience as a head coach. At LSU, Juluke’s running backs set the program record for yards in a single game twice. Excited to see how he can develop DaLeon Ward and Desmond Nisby into a 1-2 punch like Fournette and Guice at LSU.