That same month some thirty-five
years ago, Brown's greatest player, Shaquille O'Neal, arrived in
In two games each NBA season, O'Neal receives more compensation than his former coach garnered in any season as LSU's coach from 1972-1997. Nick Saban once observed that he was more comfortable as the highest paid person on the field. It's no mystery why he has returned to college football where he will have the fattest wallet on any NCAA sideline in 2007.
Saban's deal with
Brady's overall compensation as LSU basketball coach hovers near $1 million per campaign. His former player, Stromile Swift, is paid $5.4 million each season through 2009 by the Memphis Grizzlies of the NBA. Swift is currently averaging 7.6 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.
First year LSU product Tyrus Thomas
is receiving $3,260,760 this season to play for
University athletic departments are now bastions of big business, but the dollars have far fewer zeroes than their professional counterparts. An understanding at LSU also impores head coaches to possess degrees to lead their Tiger troops. It is the same kind of reasonable expectation that LSU has for coaches to refrain from having sexual relations with their players.
Interim women's basketball coach
Bob Starkey has said he is not seeking Pokey Chatman's old job for the duration.
Even if interested, Starkey should be disqualified from consideration for the
post because of his lack of a
college degree. It would be impossible for him to have credibility in
encouraging his athletes to stay in school and leave with a diploma when he left
Starkey is a good man and talented coach. His is also exceptionally loyal to LSU, so he should be retained by the next coach as a staff member. But a degree for any head coach at LSU should be just as much of a requirement as a degree to head the business school.
Just as Starkey does not have the necessary credentials to be the Lady Tigers head coach, America's richest man, Bill Gates, would be unqualified to lead the E.J. Ourso School of Business at LSU. Gates was a Harvard dropout before he founded Microsoft.
College campuses should strive to
attract more professors with real world experience. As a graduate of the LSU
Manship School of Mass Communications, this writer is less than enthused with
the limited journalistic backgrounds of some professors in the school. At the
same time, it would be inappropriate for Journalism Dean John Maxwell Hamilton
to hire NBC anchor Brian Williams as a professor. Williams doesn't have a degree
LSU officials are encouraged to draft rules and regulations banning sexual relations between professors and students and to require high-level administrators, including those in the athletic department, to possess degrees before they assume responsible positions at the Ole War Skule. Any professor who lies about academic credentials should get the same treatment George O'Leary received at Notre Dame—immediate dismissal.
Nineteen years ago, the Louisiana
Legislature at the behest of Gov. Buddy Roemer, named the
This is the appropriate time to
remedy the actions of 1988. Gov. Kathleen Blanco should push for legislation to
An appropriate name for the arena
would be the Dale Brown/
Jim Engster is the general manager