There were plenty of ups and plenty of downs, but it appears he's ready for another upswing.
Four times in those 10 years, Brady's Tigers have finished dead last in the Southeastern Conference's Western Division, including last season when LSU went 17-15 overall, 5-11 in the league. It was made worse because just the year before, LSU went to the Final Four.
And there you can see the roller-coaster ride that has punctuated Brady's tenure. Three times LSU has finished first in the SEC West and twice the Tigers have been second. That's a lot of feast or famine.
This coming season appears to be feast time, if LSU's preseason trip to
To begin with, LSU had all the makings of a pretty good team with what it had returning. The prevailing logic was that Glen Davis, who left a year early for the NBA, had become a divisive force and that it was time for Brady and Big Baby to divorce.
But a couple of newcomers might be the difference from being pretty good to being highly ranked.
Start with junior-college transfer Marcus Thornton, a 6-4 guard from
Anthony Randolph is a 6-10 freshman from
After they got back from
"This has been a great trip for us," he said. "We had a great week of practice. These three games have told us a lot about our team. We've been identify some strengths and weaknesses. It is going to put us ahead of where we normally are there is no doubt about it."
One of Brady's best qualities is his sense of humor and ability to be teased. When told the reason Thornton and Randolph did so well was because he hadn't had three months to mess with them, he laughed hard. But, seriously, he knows that players who have been with almost always get better and if these two guys do, that will be something else.
This team has all the elements in place to challenge for the league title.
A lineup of
LSU already is in the mix for some tremendous recruits for next season. If the Tigers have a good 2007-08, maybe the roller coaster will head up for a few seasons.