Tiger Rag editor Matt Deville reports getting ripped for not blaming John Brady entirely for the demise of the LSU basketball team this season.
Tough job Matt has, because Brady may have done one of his better coaching jobs, all things considered.
From last year's Final Four team he lost the best defensive player the program has seen in forever in Tyrus Thomas, who actually is making a meaningful contribution to the Chicago Bulls. He lost the only real shooter he had in Darrel Mitchell, who also held the team together and made clutch plays.
As this season got underway, he eventually lost his best point guard, Tack Minor, a marvelous physical specimen who never could get it right above his neck. He got at midseason a shooter, Terry Martin, who is streaky at best and who thinks defense is something the other guys should play.
And the truth is, his real problem
came after Hurricane Katrina when D.J. Augustin, who evacuated to
Bad coaching? Sure, Brady has to
wish he handled
But LSU beat three of the final 16
teams in the NCAA Tournament: Texas A&M,
Coaching? Sure, the guy at the top gets the blame, but if you ask Brady, he might tell you he coached better this year than last season when the Tigers went to the Final Four.
By the way, with Tubby Smith saying
the hell with it and heading from
That in itself is something else in a week when Smith and Steve Alford bail out on their big-time jobs for peace of mind and new challenges. The coaching dominoes will begin to fall like crazy, and next week at the Final Four, coaches will be working it like big dogs. Luckily for LSU, it doesn't have that problem.
But enough about that.
The women did themselves proud in the first two games of their tournament, while two major questions remain unanswered.
First, where is Pokey Chatman? Since leaving LSU, she's not been seen or heard from.
And second, is she OK? Regardless of her indiscretions, she's still in a sad situation, not even 40, and out of a job and looking at either going to the WNBA (if it will have her) or overseas. No telling what her emotional state is like, but the guess here is it's probably not good.
It's hard to see someone you've known for so long, who's done so much as a player and coach, who's always been a delight with the media and very accommodating, lose it all.
We can only hope that she's OK and getting help.