So, for those that want to have discussions about what makes the bball world go around, why LSU can't afford to pay Brady what Billy D gets paid, and why Brady is trying so hard to increase the athletic department's commitment to basketball, I came across a very informative article on the state of affairs of the basketball programs at LSU. http://www.lsureveille.com/vnews/display.v?TARGET=printable&article_id=441918d047842 It's eye-opening. On the salaries discussion, the reason why we spend around half of what Florida spends, why we're a football school, what it's like to play basketball at a football first school, etc. It's stuff I think most folks would suspect, but it's good to see the raw data. Bottomline, it makes you feel a little sad. The coaches, Pokey and Brady, recruit good players, compete at the highest level, and win SEC championships, but... the programs struggle to make money. The LSU women strive to be like Tennessee, and the LSU men strive to be like Kentucky. Why? Because their fans show up and pay ticket revenue. Because they are on TV. I think Brady understands this, and that's why I think Skip's actually got a tougher decision. Does he move more money from profitable football, into basketball (and women's basketball at that) and make an "investment." More $ into facilities, leads to better recruiting, better players leads to more excitement, more excitement leads to more fans, more winning leads to more TV revenue. I think that primary LSU goals should be to figure out how to get the Tigers on TV more. The final four should help, but to me, that's where all the money is. Glen Davis staying in school would help. Who wouldn't love watching Big Baby on TV? :hihi: :geauxtige :bball: :champs: LSU IS A BASKETBALL SCHOOL. RESTORE THE FAITH.