It’s True… Dameyune Craig is Coming Back to Auburn

By Posted on: January 3rd, 2013 in Football, News 13 Comments »
Dameyune Craig

Just a few weeks ago, Dameyune Craig appeared not to be heading back to Auburn to coach. Then reports surfaced this week that Gus Malzahn had reached out again to the former Tiger quarterback. Tonight, Malzahn has announced that Dameyune has agreed to come back home to coach at his alma mater.

He will return as Co-Offensive Coordinator and receiver’s coach. A Tiger quarterback legend from 1993-97, he was All-SEC in 1997 and  still holds several school passing records including the single-season passing yards record (3,227).

Craig is a proven quality coach and one of the best recruiters in college football. He has coached the last few years at Florida Sate and was the Seminole’s Recruiting Coordinator being responsible for bringing in several top classes at FSU.

Dameyune said in a statement. “I have a tremendous amount of confidence in Coach Malzahn and the staff he has assembled and I look forward to getting Auburn back to being a force in college football. Auburn speaks for itself and I’m excited to returning to a place that holds a special place in my heart.”

Malzahn said “We’re extremely excited to welcome Dameyune back to Auburn. Dameyune is one of the top young coaches in college football and has established himself as one of the best recruiters in the country. He is very passionate about his alma mater and will be a valuable asset to the Auburn football program and the entire Auburn family.”

Craig will be reunited with one of his old coaches, Rodney Garner who recruited him to play at Auburn. Auburn fans have gotta love what Malzahn has done so far as the Tigers new Head Coach.

Welcome home Dameyune and War Eagle!

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  1. jstrib jstrib says:

    I believe that our immediate future is getting brighter.

  2. autgr4life says:

    War Damn Eagle!! Welcome home Dameyune! It’s good to have you back.

    With the recruiting dead period officially ending today I have a really good feeling our class will bounce back and be better than it was before.

    Gus announced that he would have his staff in place prior to the dead period ending, and with adding Rich Bisaccia earlier today this just leaves one more spot on the team. Considering that the two coaches that come on today were pretty big splash hires I am wondering how Gus will follow up this announcement with the final spot. If it is not announced before I go to bed tonight I will dream about Rocker roaming the sidelines for us again, maybe he will come back and Garner will slide over to tight ends coach. A boy can dream!

  3. Col.Angus Col.Angus says:

    I got to tell you, when Chizik was fired I was really worried that we were going to go back to less than stellar talent recruiting, but Gus not only MAJORLY improved our recruiters with Garner and now Craig, he got AUBURN recruiters….WAR F’N EAGLE!!! I really couldn’t ask for better.

    I’ll also go out on a limb and say that if Gus has a successful run here, you may be looking at his eventual replacement and our first African American head coach, in Dameyune Craig. I am really happy how things are coming together.

    • Tigerstripe Tigerstripe says:

      Yeah, you got to think that DC decided to tie his future offensive philosophy to CGM instead of Jimbo’s. Maybe he sees the writing on the wall. I’m intersted to see what DC’s demeanor with players will be. IE, is he a players coach? what’s his excitement level during games? kind of gives off a Charlie Strong vibe… Watching Oregon last night, I would describe their offense as ‘relentless’. If Gus finds the right qb, I think we will be know as the same.

  4. wde1988 wde1988 says:

    I agree with the Col. about a potential future Head Football Coach in Craig.

    But where I am still stuck is that I am still trying to learn the coaching pyramid under Malzahn. Looking past the job titles… how many more positions need to be filled?

    Just looking at what is currently on the ground at AU… you got some major league recruiters here. And you got some major league coaches here too.

    Malzahn, Johnson, Craig, Harbinson & Garner. And that is just the recruiting side of the house. I will be very surprised if AU doesn’t end up with a top 10 recruiting class. Personally, I don’t think it is unrealistic to see AU get in the top 5. Even if AU hovers in the top 15 (currently running #21 in rivals) I think AU’s future is still bright based upon the potential in recruiters.

    Now you got the new NFL guy Rich Bisaccia for running backs and special teams… hell, AU might once again become THE RB U and a team to be feared in the SEC for its special team play. Last year, that is about all we had going for us. I think that continues udner Bsiaccia.

    And other coaches like Lashlee and Grimes and Russell look pretty damn serious in their own right.

    I am very positive on AU’s future based on these hires. Add to that, with Malzahn’s work ethic… i think AU might see an immediate impact this next season.

    War Damn Eagle

    • wde1988 wde1988 says:

      I forgot about Smith coming from MSU as the defensive back coach…. AU has some ringers on defense & in recruiting overall!

      I am guessing that our defense is just about filled. The question remains though… what other positions remain open at AU?

      WDE

  5. sullivan013 sullivan013 says:

    Great news about Dameyune. One of my favorite Auburn players of all time. A gutsy yet cerebral field general whose determination and drive was legendary. From all that I’ve read, he’s successfully translated those attributes to his coaching style and is well respected by peers and players alike.

    Credit Coach Malzahn for hitting the ground running and collecting what looks like a tremendous coaching staff. Looking forward to what the recruiting trail brings and spring training.

  6. Acid Reign Acid Reign says:

    ……This is certainly great, great news! Craig was my all-time favorite Auburn QB. I have to grudgingly admit that Cam Newton was head and shoulders above any of them, but Craig remains my favorite.

    …..Having him back as a coach is just outstanding!

  7. Malakai Malakai says:

    Can someone tell me why a quarterbacks coach (Craig) is now a receivers coach and a special teams coach (Bisaccia) is pulling double duty as a running backs coach?

    As cool as it is to get Craig back on the Plains I just have to ask why hire an electrician to fix your plumbing?

    • tigertracker says:

      look at Bisaccia’s bio. was RB/special teams coach from ’92-’01 at south carolina, clemson, and then ole miss before going to the NFL. Has been doing special teams in some capacity since 1989. The fact that he has continued to do it that long means he must have a passion for it and that usually translates to being good at something.
      http://www.chargers.com/team/coaches/rich-bisaccia/b12b49b5-7424-44f2-a4e6-8a3fbeafd4d3

      Craig has one year as WR coach at south alabama prior to going to FSU. While that is not a wealth of experience at WR coach he will do well. Often times receivers were QBs in high school (generally the most athletic kid on the team that can do anything), but they transition to receiver in college. Craig will be able to help them with route running because he can explain it to them from the perspective of the QB in terms of finding holes in zones and windows for the QB to throw thru.

      Look at any coaches bio and you will see that most do not just coach one position thru their career. They generally stay on the offensive or defensive side of the ball, but will coach different positions as advancement opportunities arise. We’ll be just fine.

    • Tigerstripe Tigerstripe says:

      My guess is that Lashlee will have a strong hand in developing the qb until Craig gets his feet wet with the new system. I expect Lashlee and Craig will be attached at the hip for a good bit.

  8. Third Generation Tiger Third Generation Tiger says:

    I don’t want to get my hopes up but this great news on top of already great news! If a QB can be developed there is enough talent on hand to make an immediate turn around.

  9. Tiger on the mountain Tiger on the mountain says:

    YYYYYEEEEESSSSSSS!!!!!!!!