Notes on an Augusta National scorecard while hoping the Easter Bunny will bring me a short game like Phil Mickelson’s — and chocolate …
… How fitting that Saturday was Moving Day at The Masters. It was also, for all intents and purposes, moving day for LSU men’s basketball coach Trent Johnson.
Johnson is a good and decent man, a very good coach, who, for whatever reason, never found his comfort zone at LSU. One hopes that he can flourish at TCU, which being a private school seems a better seat for the rest of Johnson’s career.
… Already the names are, well, buzzing: Buzz Williams, Johnny Jones, Tim Floyd, Scott Drew, Tony Bennett (whose wife is from Baton Rouge and an LSU grad).
There was even an internet report Saturday that Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall would be interested in the LSU job, though he reportedly turned down $2 million per at Nebraska.
Jones will get a push locally from former LSU coach Dale Brown and his former players, but LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva should be beholden to no one in making this important hire.
Ideally, though, his choice would be someone like Brown, who barnstormed Louisiana in the early 1970s selling a football-mad state on basketball in the post-Pete Maravich era. A dash of Paul Mainieri charm and a sprinkle of Nikki Caldwell magnetism wouldn’t hurt either.
… Speaking of Mainieri, his Tigers won perhaps their biggest game since the 2009 College World Series on Saturday, rallying from 7-2 down to beat Florida 8-7. The win gave LSU the series and a 5-1 combined record the last two weekends against then No. 3 Arkansas and the No. 1-ranked Gators.
The Tigers sandwiched a lot of timely hitting around Friday’s 7-0 shutout loss. The confidence boost should be enormous, and certainly will have LSU fans thinking about booking reservations in Omaha.
… Us media types are always for freedom of speech, but there are times when there is too much talk.
Exhibit A: There was no need for anyone to leak the fact that former LSU cornerback Mo Claiborne reportedly scored a 4 on his pre-NFL draft Wonderlic test. It brought undeserved embarrassment and ridicule down upon one of the nicest young men to play football for the Tigers in recent memory. One can only hope this won’t impact Claiborne’s draft stock.
Exhibit B: LSU coach Les Miles was at it again this week regarding Gunner Kiel, telling CBSSports.com that if you don’t have the “swagger” required to play at LSU, “you really need to stay home.” The Indiana native stayed home at Notre Dame after committing to LSU after committing to Indiana.
Somewhere in what Miles said about Kiel’s “chest” he makes a good point about the young man, who admits he handled the recruiting process badly. But enough already. Miles comes off like he’s picking on the kid, and that casts him in a worse light than Kiel for being wishy-washy.