Brady Bunch Cancelled

After ten plus seasons on the hardwood in Baton Rouge, John Brady is out as the head coach of the LSU Tigers. Brady was dismissed Friday with nine games left in the regular season. He'll be replaced by assistant coach Butch Pierre who is not likely to be a candidate for the positions beyond this season.

Bray's fall in the last two seasons is one of the most dramatic drops I've ever seen a coach go through. In 2006 he had his team in the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament, right there alongside the Gators up in Indianapolis. Brady was near the top of the coaching profession.

But his trip to the top of the mountain did not result in the multi-year, multi-million dollar contract that Billy Donovan received. Instead he got a modest raise and extension and was reportedly quite steamed about it.

In the year and a half since, Brady's Tigers have been pretty much non factors in the SEC. Last season they finished at 17-15 with a 5-11 record in the conference and didn't even get an NIT invite. This year it's been even worse with an 8-13 record and six losses in seven SEC games. LSU has lost nine of its last ten games and that trend should continue with Tennessee in Baton Rouge Saturday and a road trip to Florida next Wednesday.

Who To Hire?

It's always challenging and fascinating to try and figure out who a school might go after with a coaching vacancy. Sometimes there are truly obvious choices but this isn't one of them. But since dispensing unsolicited advice is one of my passions in life I'm ready with a suggestion.

LSU should hire Baylor Coach Scott Drew.

Drew has done a tremendous job in Waco, turning one of the biggest disaster areas in the history of college sports into a fine program in five short years. At first glance Drew's 36-69 record over the first four seasons at Baylor are pretty miserable, but that doesn't tell the whole story. Drew not only inherited a team devoid of talent; they were also up to their ears in NCAA violations and had the aftermath of one player killing another.

After gradually building the program the right way, Drew's fifth Baylor squad is now 17-4 and all four losses have been by eight points or less. It is one of the finest turnarounds ever, but Baylor can't compete with the cash on the Bayou.

Anthony Grant is another name that will come up with LSU along with Gonzaga's Mark Few, Travis Ford at U-Mass and perhaps some others. Grant would be a great choice, but considering the geographic tie-in, Drew is the man who should get the job.

Questions or comments? Contact FightinGators.com's Larry Vettel


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