OK, I've heard enough empty opinions. Let's analyze some facts: RECORD: Since out of conference schedules are so diffrent, lets look at LSU's SEC record the last few years: 2002-2003 (8-8) 3rd in West 2001-2002 (6-10) 4th in West 2000-2001 (2-13) 6th in West *With a win at AU we will be 9-7 and 2nd in West for 2003-2004 Analysis: OK, we are improving, perhaps not at a rate acceptable to many of you, but we are improving. If we win against AU we will have the same exact SEC record as Miss. St. had last season. Yes, that's right: the same Miss. St. team that is #5 in the country. If you look at State's SEC wins over that time period (7, 10, 9) it's comparable. I use Miss. St. because they're a team a lot like ours over the last decade (minus sanctions). Don't compare us to Kentucky, that's absurd. It's like comparing Alabama's baseball team to ours. The 99-00 season was a great year, but in the middle of NCAA sanctions as bad as ours, I believe it to be more of an anomaly than anything to base educated arguments on. It was a testament to Brady's recruiting ability if anything. The real key is what's going on now. We are poised to have our best SEC record since 99-00. Which leads to this: look at the players we lost after last season: Torris Bright, Sr. Collis Temple III, Sr. Ronald Dupree, Sr. Don't tell me we're not a young team after losing three senior starters. That makes this season a lot more impressive than people make it out to be. If we make the Dance after this kind of leadership lost, I'll be happy. I'm not saying I'm incredibly ecstatic about where we are right now. We are mediocre, but we're not stuck there. These young guys play with a lot of heart (something attributable to Brady whether you like it or not), but they also have talent. I know many of you will look at this a completely different way, and that's cool. I just wanted to explain why I think Brady should get another year or two so that we can see what he can do with this talent. OPEN FORUMS ARE A GREAT THING AND THIS IS JUST MY VIEW OF THE SITUATION.