But in a world where football coaches are perceived as round-the-clock, maniacal, sleep-on-the-couch, block-out-the-whole-world robotic tape watchers and meeting goers who don't have a life, LSU appears to break that mold.
You know that head coach Les Miles is the ultimate family guy. He and Kathy have four kids and he's as devoted to them as a (see above) could be. And he still wins. For that matter, no LSU coach in history has won more his first two years.
Not that Miles probably doesn't spend too many hours working and crack the whip on his assistants, but it's well documented that hanging with his wife and kids is his favorite hobby.
Take Bo Pelini, the defensive
coordinator. Watching him watch an LSU basketball game with his kids playing
around him is a happy sight. Jimbo Fisher, recently departed for
But Gary Crowton breaks it. Fisher's replacement and his wife, Maren, have seven children, four girls and three boys.
Which I think is two more kids than when I first met Crowton while he was head coach at Louisiana Tech.
It was a day to remember. The trip
But back to that afternoon in
Was I in a hurry, he asked. Not at all, since I was planning to spend the night. Fine, he said, we had kids to pick up.
So we piled in his SUV, stopping first at gymnastics camp to get one girl. Then another place. And another.
Finally we went on to his house. His wife had been gone a week and there were piles of laundry everywhere. The place was a mess. The kids played and had a ball. It was a beautiful thing.
Crowton promised he would have the place cleaned up before his wife got back. The babysitter cringed as we left and headed back to Tech for some serious football interviews.
I really liked Crowton and as a
result followed his career closely. He did well with the Bears and then got his
dream job, head coach at BYU, just a short drive from his home town of
But after four years he became
another coaching casualty and headed to
Jimbo Fisher was a great offensive coordinator for LSU the past seven years and hopefully will be recognized as probably the best in that job the program has ever had.
But Crowton has the wherewithal to step right in and take the Tigers to an even a higher level.
Just hope that his wife doesn't leave him home alone with the kids.