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Monday, October 16, 2006

Struggles for a genius

We in Louisiana have almost -- not quite -- lifted former LSU coach Nick Saban to the same status of Bear Bryant in Alabama.

But even a genius can have a bad stretch.

If you're scoring at home, Saban is now 1-5 this season with the Miami Dolphins and 10-12 since leaving LSU. He is on the verge of his first losing season as a head coach.

His own genius has been part of his undoing, basically gambling on Daunte Culpepper instead of Drew Brees at quarterback.

You may be thinking, "What does this matter to LSU fans now?"

Simple. Sometimes thing seem better than they were, or in Saban's case, will be.

LSU fans should enjoy the memories of Saban's time at LSU, but also realize he wasn't the perfect head coach -- something becoming apparent in Miami. And for LSU coaches, the grass isn't always greener.


Blogger Michael Messerly said...

Scott, you bring up an interesting point. Sometimes it really is the right person at the right place at the right time.

Saban wasn't setting the Big 10 on fire while at Michigan State. His hiring at LSU raised few eyebrows, other than he was one of those 'hot' coaches. I never understood why.

At LSU, it all clicked, for the Tigers and Saban.

That's coaching, Joe Torre is a great example. Before becoming THE manager of the Yankees, Torre's record as a manager left much to be desired. In pinstripes, he's been golden.

Oddly, I don't know that a Saban return would usher in another title run ... funny thing that career called coaching.

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