I'll be the first to say, I'm not the closest to the LSU baseball program (not nearly as in to it as hoops, for those that know me), but I think recent events are interesting from an analogy standpoint. The passion of our fans can be a double-edged sword as the desire and needing to win seems at times to work against us. Remember not too long ago, John Brady was blasted for his coaching style, results and player management, despite winning at near the top of active SEC coaches in the last few years and building a growing program. He of course (luckily for him) had a break out year making the FF, and now has solidified his position here. It wasn't that long ago, however, that fans were calling for his head. In many ways, Brady presevered in spite of the "fans." Now, Smoke was a different situation in my mind. Largely because results from his teams were objectively worse year over year and attendance sagged year over year--ALTHOUGH he had the winningest SEC record in the last 5 years. A change was needed IMO, and Skip probably had his hand forced due to Smoke not making the post-season play. BUT, as so many fans are probably figuring out, LSU's leverage to land that "national championship" caliber coach maybe isn't as good as they thought. How many coaches have pulled out now? In the light of a sure pay raise for many of these folks (Corbin, Wells, Bianco, Horton,... all averaging $200-300K turning down a job that might pay as high as $500k), I'm surprised how folks are reluctant to succeed Smoke. Could it be the pressure of LSU? Following the legacy of Skip? Now, I do think that in some instances, these coaches feel obliged to schools that have stuck by them in thick and thin, as they tried to build their programs... and loyalty DOES matter. Now, we're only able to say for sure that Jim P is eager for the "step up" for more $, more pressure, and we're hoping that perhaps Pat Casey (who makes like $100k+?!--he'd be my choice in a heartbeat) will also entertain us. These are probably the level of coaches that are willing to leave their "comfort zone" for a clear step up in national exposure in exchange for the hot seat of LSU coaching land. We find ourselves still playing in that "up and coming" but "smaller tier" echelon of coaches to lead an already great LSU franchise. What's my point? I guess it's just that I've seen 2 high profile coaching spots open up at LSU in recent years (possibly more if Brady's spot was also pressured into being open), and the "perceived" results of those spots being filled didn't go nearly as well as many folks would have hoped. Miles wasn't Butch Davis, or Jimmy Johnson, etc., but he's gotten a chance to prove himself and the world didn't end. Perhaps Jim P. or Pat Casey will be that guy to fill in and have to live to LSU's unreal expectations--hopefully, do a good job at that too. But, fans should remember this the next time they call for another coaches' head on a platter. But, I leave this thread with... why do you think we can't attract that "high profile" "established" coach... for arguably one of the top 3 or 5 programs in the country? The fans? The pressure? The facilities? Skip? It certainly isn't our inability to pay folks... :geauxtige :bball: :champs: LSU IS A BASKETBALL SCHOOL. PACK THE PMAC!