Van's Winning Ticket

By Jeff Lippman - October 15, 2007

I've said numerous times that one of the biggest factors in Van Chancellor's decision to come back to college to coach the LSU Tigers in their effort to go to a fifth consecutive Final Four was that he'd have the opportunity to coach one of the more gifted athletes in the nation during her senior season.

For Chancellor, a Hall of Fame coach who has had success at both the college and pro levels, inheriting Sylvia Fowles at center in her senior season is like having a long-lost relative leave you are small fortune and then winning the lottery the next day.

If you need any further proof that Van is more than a little excited to coach up Big Syl next season, just take look-see at what he had to say during LSU's Media Day.

"My two favorite plays will be to get the ball to [Fowles], and then to get the ball to [Fowles]," Chancellor said. "We have to find some way to get that done."

Mr. Chancellor, I've got news for you, I don't think it takes a Hall of Fame coach to come up with that formula for success. Just hold on to that lottery ticket.

Posted by Jeff Lippman at 12:13 PM on October 15, 2007

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