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Monday, February 11, 2008

LSU may need Butch Pierre

BATON ROUGE - LSU interim head basketball coach Butch Pierre is not going to get the head coaching job. Schools promote from within when a team has been winning and the coach leaves for a better job. That's not what happened at LSU.

The rest of this season could be an audition for another job for Pierre, who naturally wants to be a head coach. He's off to a good start. With a little luck, he would have beaten the No. 7 team in the nation on Saturday, but Tennessee pulled it out.

Immediately after the game, Pierre flew to Dallas to see signee J'Mison Morgan of Dallas play and to reassure him that LSU would still be a great place for him to play his college basketball. Pierre and former coach John Brady have been in contact with Morgan, the No. 23 center in the nation, and the other three members of an impressive signing class since Brady's firing on Thursday.

Whenever there is a coaching change, it is natural for incoming players to reconsider their options. Pierre, who recruited this class, will be key in keeping those players headed to LSU. Whoever LSU hires as its new coach would be wise to keep Pierre on for at least a year or two to keep that class. Pierre could also help the new coach in the transition. Keeping Pierre also may be crucial in keeping star forward Tasmin Mitchell, whom Pierre recruited and LSU signed back in 2005. Pierre is also Mitchell's godfather. Mitchell missed all of this season with an ankle injury, but he has two years remaining beginning next season. He could also help the new coach and the new players in the transition.

Pierre may want something different, though, and that would be understandable. He deserves a chance to stay at LSU if that's what he wants.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

l think he should get the job

6:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what about steve alford

5:44 PM  

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