RUSTON — Louisiana Tech football coach Skip Holtz announced Monday that Jabbar Juluke joined his staff as an assistant coach.
Juluke was head coach at New Orleans’ Karr High School the past nine years. He compiled an 80-39 record capped by a 14-0 mark and the 4A state title this season. Juluke guided Karr to three consecutive state championship appearances while winning seven of the past nine district titles.
Previously, Juluke was defensive coordinator for four years at Frederick Douglas High School. He helped Southern to the Black National Championship in 1993 as a senior safety and also lettered in basketball.
Holtz said Juluke’s knowledge of the New Orleans area and his relationship with area coaches will help forge a footprint there for Tech’s recruiting. His hiring still requires approval from the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors and the Louisiana Tech Athletics Council.
RAZORBACKS ADD RB COACH: Arkansas coach Bret Bielema said Washington running backs coach Joel Thomas will join the Razorbacks in the same position.
Thomas spent the past four seasons at Washington and also has coached running backs at Purdue, Louisville and Idaho.
Thomas coached the Huskies’ running backs in Saturday’s loss to Boise State in the MAACO Bowl. Washington running back Bishop Sankey had 205 rushing yards and was named the bowl’s MVP.
Thomas replaces Tim Horton as Bielema continues to hand-pick his staff.
3 SUSPENDED FOR BOWL: A Texas Tech official said three Red Raiders won’t play against Minnesota in Friday’s Meineke Car Care Bowl because they violated team rules.
Spokesman Blayne Beal did not divulge the rules violated. He said starting defensive back Cornelius Douglas; Chris Payne, a linebacker who played mostly on special teams; and backup defensive tackle Leon Mackey won’t play.
The Red Raiders (7-5) take on the Gophers (6-6) about three weeks after Tommy Tuberville unexpectedly left for Cincinnati. Interim head coach Chris Thomsen, who handled the offensive line under Tuberville, will coach the bowl.
Former Red Raiders standout quarterback Kliff Kingsbury was hired as Tuberville’s successor Dec. 12.
VAZ GETS NOD AT QUARTERBACK: Junior Cody Vaz will start at quarterback for No. 15 Oregon State in the Alamo Bowl.
Coach Mike Riley held off making a decision between Vaz and sophomore Sean Mannion until this past weekend. Oregon State (9-3) traveled to San Antonio on Sunday to prepare for Saturday’s game against Texas (8-4).
Mannion has thrown for 2,446 yards, 15 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in nine games. Vaz has thrown for 1,286 yards, 11 touchdowns and one interception in six games.
Mannion started the first four games, throwing seven touchdown passes and averaging 339 yards, but he suffered an injury to his left knee that required surgery. Vaz, who hadn’t started since high school, took over and helped the Beavers win their next two games, later becoming the starter.
But Vaz sprained his left ankle in the final moments of a loss to Stanford, and Mannion started the final three games.