In about 15 years, if he stays healthy, JaMarcus Russell will retire from the NFL as one of the greatest quarterbacks who ever lived.
LSU fans are so jealous and petty sometimes, especially when a player or coach from another team gets praised by the national media. You heard nonstop leading up to the Sugar Bowl, "How dare someone say something nice about Notre Dame?"
Well, Notre Dame's Brady Quinn is the real deal, a heck of a quarterback who also will do well in the NFL. Wish him well. But he'll be nothing like Russell, who has physical skills passers dream of and a track record few in college have ever earned.
The Oakland Raiders fired their head coach last week. They'd better hire a QB-friendly guy who had best convince Russell the time to leave LSU is now and become the first pick in the draft.
Speaking of jealous and petty, and
this ties in in more ways than one, LSU was abuzz last week when Nick Saban went
So what do I think about the whole
thing? Good for
In 2006, LSU went to the Final Four in both men's and women's basketball. It can happen again.
The men are 11-3, which includes an
unlucky tough loss to
Last year was one in which LSU
fired its baseball coach, the first time that happened in more than 20 years,
and hired Paul Mainieri away from Notre Dame. Don't forget that his hiring
Mainieri jumps into an Alex Box full of unrealistic baseball dreams, put into the fans' heads by the man who hired him, athletic director Skip Bertman, who won five national titles in 10 years. That won't happen again. For that matter, Laval, who turned off his fan base and former players in too many ways, advanced to the College World Series his first two years and was criticized terribly by the fans for not winning in Omaha.
Maybe 2007 will be the year that D-D Breaux finally wins it all. The grand ol' lady of the LSU athletic department starts her 30th year as gymnastics coach. She's outlasted them all – just think of all the athletic directors and football coaches she's seen come and go – but has yet to win the big one. LSU has finished in the top 10 19 times.
The good news for her is that fans don't call radio shows or get on chat boards to complain about her not winning the NCAA titles.
And speaking of which, now we enter year three of winter and spring track after the reign of Pat Henry, who left LSU in a huff for Texas A&M. Have you ever heard an LSU fan complain that the Tigers haven't won a national title in track since then?
A new year.
Not a new school year, but still a time to reflect and ponder and look ahead.
Here's to both basketball teams making it back to their Final Fours.
And here's to wishing JaMarcus Russell well at the next level.
So let the quarterback controversy begin.