Ex-LSU basketball coach John Brady picks LSU, identifies important key for Tigers to advance _lowres

Former LSU basketball coach John Brady, who led the Tigers to the 2006 Final Four, is returning to be an analyst with the LSU Sports Radio Network men's basketball broadcasts for the upcoming season. (AP File Photo/Rob Carr)

Former LSU basketball coach John Brady is coming back.

Brady, who led the Tigers to the 2006 Final Four, will join the LSU Sports Radio Network this season, working as an analyst alongside second-year play-by-play man Chris Blair.

The announcement was made Friday by Ward Wyatt, general manager of LSU Sports Properties.

“We are excited to be able to put Chris Blair and John Brady together this season on our network," Wyatt said in a news release. "As our program enters its new era under coach Will Wade, we look forward to not only exciting basketball but entertaining broadcasts."

Brady, who will celebrate his 63rd birthday Sunday, retired from coaching following the 2015-16 season. He coached eight seasons at Arkansas State after being fired at LSU in 2008.

The McComb, Mississippi, native was LSU's head coach for 11 seasons from 1997-2008, compiling a 192-139 overall record (.580). He was 74-93 in Southeastern Conference play, winning league titles in 2000 and 2006.

His 192 victories at LSU are the third-most in school history behind only Dale Brown, whom Brady succeeded in the spring of 1997, and Harry Rabenhorst.

Brown piled up 448 wins during a 25-year career, while Rabenhorst won 340 games during two stints that covered 29 seasons.

Overall, Brady compiled a 402-344 record (.539) in 25 seasons as a college head coach at Samford, LSU and Arkansas State.

In addition to the 2006 Final Four, Brady, a two-time SEC coach of the year, also led the Tigers to NCAA tournament appearances in 2000, 2003 and 2005.

LSU, which went 27-9 in its run to the 2006 Final Four, also finished 28-6 in advancing to the Sweet Sixteen in 2000 — Brady's third season at the school.

"I'm extremely excited about joining Chris Blair and the LSU basketball broadcast team for this season,” Brady said. “Coach Wade has put together a tremendous staff, and the changes he has made within the team coupled with the recruiting to this point should have every Tiger basketball fan excited about what is about to take place."

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