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Thursday, April 13, 2006

It's the football, stupid

LSU athletic director Skip Bertman should at least be commended for his honesty.

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.


Blogger Joel Anderson said...

If N.C. State is dumb enough to fork over anywhere in the neighborhood of $2 million to Brady, then more power to the Wolfpack.

They certainly weren't happy with Herb Sendek, who went 72-88 over 10 years in the ACC. Keep in mind that going against blue-chip powers like North Carolina and Duke, with occasional spurts by Wake Forest, Maryland and Georgia Tech, doesn't do much for your league record.

Sendek might as well be Brady-Lite. Brady has gone 119-115 in the SEC over his nine years, which isn't great considering the league has only one true constant national power: Kentucky. Apologies to Florida fans.

Though it might not seem like it, I'm not taking anything away from what Brady accomplished this year. Kudos all around.

But he should know better than to back Skip Bertman into a corner with this latest contract demand. Brady isn't exactly Coach K. Heck, he's not even John Calipari, at least according to NC State.

9:55 PM  

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