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Is LSU Tigers head coach Ed Orgeron, the noted ace recruiter, afraid of allowing Texas Longhorns head coach Tom Herman access to Louisiana by keeping the ‘Horns from participating in a Baton Rouge satellite camp?

That’s the case according to the reporting from Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated on Tuesday evening after political pressure from Orgeron and the Tigers supposedly resulted in the cancellation of a camp held by Belhaven University, where Air Raid founder Hal Mumme is now the head coach.

According to Thamel, Mumme was “unhappy” with Orgeron about the development, which reportedly carried a sunk cost of $5,000 for the private Christian liberal arts college located in Jackson, Mississippi.

Some LSU fans are blaming the weather, as it’s been raining consistently in Baton Rouge for recent weeks, while others support Orgeron defending the state borders:

And while the forecast for Baton Rouge on Thursday does call for a 60 percent chance of rain, that explanation doesn’t account for the two previous venue changes, one of which Madison Prep head coach Mike Roach — the father of Longhorns defensive end Malcolm Roachspeculated was political, with a local school superintendent ultimately invoking a “loophole” to force Mumme to look for another host site.

Mumme’s relationship with the high school school at Saint Thomas Aquinas in Hammond had resulted in originally securing the use of that school’s stadium, but it pulled out for undisclosed reasons on Tuesday.

The supposed political pressure left Roach frustrated.

“I guess we let the optics of college football influence the ultimate goal, educating young men and exposing them to a better life,” Roach told Sports Illustrated. “The optics of college football has gotten in the way of what the mission of this thing is all about. I don't have any allegiance to anyone. I have an allegiance to these kids in my community.”

Roach has a relevant point. And while the satellite camp would have allowed Texas access to top talent in Louisiana, there’s also an element of public service to those appearances.

Louisiana, in particular, is one of the poorest states in the country with a poverty rate hovering near 20 percent, so many prospects, most of whom would never have the opportunity to attend a Texas camp, would have received a chance to be coached by Herman that otherwise wouldn’t exist.

Of course, it would be foolish to claim complete altruism on the part of the Longhorns head coach, but equally foolish to completely deny it — Herman wasn’t planning on showing up and only providing instruction to the several prospects in whom he might have an interest.

In the view of Roach, there are also prospects from his school, including his son, who never receive offers from the home-state university. Denying them the opportunity to gain exposure from a satellite camp received condemnation from the local coach and Mumme.

“If you are the head coach at LSU, you should want the other kids in your state to have an opportunity,” Mumme told SI. “Ed needs to think about those kids that aren’t going to get a scholarship to LSU. I’ve been in the SEC as the coach of the (flagship) university of the state. You have show respect to those other kids as well."

Orgeron has also been vocal in the past about his priorities, as was former head coach Les Miles.

“Protecting the state of Louisiana is always going to be my job as the coach of LSU,” Oregeron told SI in May.

The Tigers head coach offered that quote after multiple out-of-state schools, including Texas, were disinvited from a camp at Southeastern Louisiana.

And, last year, Miles did the same when he admitted to pulling a similar power move in disallowing in-state schools from partnering with out-of-state schools for camps.

“Miles said he also wants other in-state schools at his camps as long as they do not participate in camps with out-of-state schools, which is what Tulane will be doing with LSU’s SEC West rival Texas A&M,” wrote USA Today High School Sports.

Considering that Orgeron was an assistant under Miles and has espoused a similar ideology, the claims about the weather would seem to have less merit.

Whether Oregeron is scared of Herman getting a foothold in the state is a matter of greater subjectivity.