It's the football, stupid
Just listen to what Bertman had to say to Gannett News Service's Glenn Guilbeau regarding the possibility of LSU basketball coach John Brady going to North Carolina State after N.C. State reportedly offered a $2 million deal to John Calipari earlier in the week. "If North Carolina State offers him $2 million, I think John should interview there because he's not going to get $2 million here.''
Not unless the LSU football coach is getting $3 million.
Brady did a marvelous job taking the Tigers to the Final Four this year. But facts are facts. And these are the facts: LSU is a football school. The football coach will always be paid more than the basketball coach. That may not be fair, but that's just the way it is.
Bertman knows this. He was honest and direct in his comments. LSU couldn't get in a bidding war with the Miami Dolphins for Nick Saban. At $2 million per year, the school won't get in a bidding war with N.C. State.