I have question about this LSU baseball staff and player development particularly regarding pitchers. Many fans bash Smoke but I want to look at the LSU baseball situation from a staff perspective particularly our "ace" recruiter, Turtle Thomas. For the last couple of years we have been told by Smoke and staff (particularly Turtle on B.R. radio) that LSU has recruited some of the top pitchers in the country and that LSU was going to have a tremendously deep staff, etc. Well, in all fairness, that appears to be incorrect for one reason or another. The question is why? Did LSU's staff misjudge the talent level of that many pitching prospects or are they simply not developing under this staff? Based on the recruiting done in other areas of LSU's team, I am leaning toward a problem with talent evaluation and recruiting. Either way, the responsibility falls to this coaching staff and as far as recruiting goes, I am tired of hearing how great a recruiter Turtle Thomas is because quite honestly I think the guy is vastly over-rated. In addition, regarding Turtle, other schools must also agree that Turtle isn't "all that and a bag of chips" because he has missed out on every head coaching job he has applied for in the past. This is a guy who has been on staffs at Miami & LSU and been part of several national championships but he can't get a head coaching job anywhere. There must be something there that schools don't like. In any event, there are some serious questions about this current LSU baseball staff and remember that Smoke had to keep some of these guys around when he took the job as that was a requirement from Skip.