North Carolina State men's basketball coach Mark Gottfried says the Southeastern Conference is returning to some of its glory days in the late 1990's to early 2000's when people like Nolan Richardson (Arkansas), Rick Stansbury (Mississippi), Cliff Ellis (Auburn) and John Brady (LSU) coached the dominant teams in the league.
Gottfried, who coached Alabama from 1998 to 2009, said on the "Culotta & The Prince" show on ESPN 104.5 FM in Baton Rouge that he thought Brady's time at LSU was a little underappreciated.
"I hope that people at LSU and the LSU basketball family appreciate the job that he did, because I've always felt a little bit that it might not have been appreciated like it should have been," Gottfried said. "I remember standing on the floor during practice one night right there in Baton Rouge looking up at that 2006 Final Four banner and thinking: 'Wow. I would love to have that.' You know as a head coach I haven't done that yet."
Gottfried said Brady's LSU teams were tough to beat.
"You know the players, the coaching that was going on at Baton Rouge when John was there I thought was just spectacular," Gottfried said. "It was great, and so I loved competing against him."