Brady Out At LSU

By Josh Herwitt - February 08, 2008

Winning games never seemed to be a problem for John Brady.

As the third-most winning coach in school history, the LSU coach had won with regularity in each of his 10 years in Baton Rouge, La.

One those years, the 2005-06 campaign, featured a trip to the Final Four and an SEC regular season championship, his third with first-place finishes also coming in 2004-2005 and 1999-2000.

But winning games hasn't seemed to happen much for LSU this season, and with many rumors floating around about Brady's future in jeopardy, athletic director Skip Bertman finally made it official Friday when he fired the former Samford coach after the Tigers' 8-13 start.

"I've coached in the best league in the country and I've coached a lot of great guys," Brady said as he held back tears during his final news conference. "They've done some great things that had not been done here in a long time."

Twenty-seven wins in 2006 was certainly one of them, but after a 17-15 finish a year ago and a 1-6 mark in the SEC this season, many of those fond memories have been forgotten by alumni and team supporters, which have declined at games recently.

Still, issues with attendance was not ultimately the reason why Brady lost his job after posting a 192-139 career record with the Tigers.

"The ultimate reason John was fired was not attendance," Bertman admitted. "They just didn't win enough games."

Brady's wife, who also attended the news conference Friday, could not hold back her tears in seeing her husband inherit a program that a decade ago was put on probation for NCAA violations involving a booster paying former player Lester Earl nearly $5,000.

"Under those circumstances it's a pretty good 10-year run," assured Brady, who will be replaced by associate head coach Butch Pierre as the team's interim head man for the time being.

Meanwhile, with three years left on his contract, Brady will continue to get his base salary of $300,000 a year unless he accepts a new job with another school.

And with the way he turned around a once-contaminated program in a meager three years, you'd have to think that Brady will be back on the sidelines before long resurrecting another troubled team.

Posted by Josh Herwitt at 12:43 PM on February 08, 2008

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