Pardon me if I appear perplexed, but why exactly has this vote by Brady's peers become . . . is "controversial'' the word?
Of course, those with Big Orange
leanings might be disappointed, seeing as how
Don't cry for Bruce Pearl. He's a
stellar coach and before he's through in
But it is hard to make a case that
No one, however, picked LSU to win the SEC either. The Tigers were generally viewed as the No. 2 team in the West. Even that assessment would have changed downward early when starting point guard Tack Minor was lost for the season. Still the short-handed Tigers kept plugging – and winning. They kept winning even after losing starting forward – and the league's Freshman of the Year – Tyrus Thomas. LSU kept winning until it locked up the regular season championship.
Doesn't that count for something?
It should, especially when it's realized that most of the season Brady was starting three freshman and a sophomore after losing his best player, Brandon Bass who would be a junior now if he hadn't gone pro. Coaching such a young bunch is no easy task, no matter how talented they might be.
There's one other argument that
could be made for Brady, and that's that LSU handily beat
All right, so Brady isn't a media darling. You have to wonder, though, just what a guy has to do to get some respect.
"John ought to consider taking some Dale Carnegie courses,'' Joe Dean, the former LSU athletic director who hired Brady nine years ago, said with a chuckle.
"He's a great guy with a wry sense of humor that seems to go over people's heads sometimes,'' Dean said. "There are times when he says things tongue-in-cheek that are taken seriously. Maybe that hurts John from time to time.''
Dean, whose recommendation three decades ago also brought Brady's predecessor, Dale Brown, to the LSU sidelines, admits Brady's occasionally prickly personality contributes to the perception. "John can be thin-skinned, and can react verbally to things said that he disagrees with. Maybe that hurts him, but, you know, Nick Saban wasn't a warm and fuzzy guy either.''
Maybe Brady should work more on getting along with the media than on coaching. He doesn't, however, seem to think that's very important.
"I knew John was a good teacher when I hired him,'' Dean said. "The big question about him was could he recruit at this level.''
Brady had been coaching at Samford,
and Dean's thought were focused on men he knew could and recruit at a high
"It was hard to talk to Tim because
According to Dean, all Brady needs now to become a complete coach is a cuddlier personality.
What's that number for Dale Carnegie?
Marty Mule' can be reached at MJM981@Bellsouth.net