A Huge Hire For LSU
Getting Trent Johnson to coach the LSU basketball program is a monumental hire for the school.
Not only does LSU show tremendous responsibility and vision in hiring a minority but they also get a guy who’s got skins on the wall. A man who’s won everywhere he’s been.
My only question is….why is Johnson leaving Stanford for LSU???
Lets face it, the LSU basketball program is not exactly storied. In fact, right now, the LSU program has to be considered one of the bottom feeders in the SEC.
No premiere players, poor facilities and a half empty arena even for big games.
In my opinion the reason Johnson is leaving Palo Alto for Baton Rouge is as follows:
Johnson’s 2 best players (identical twins Brooke & Robin Lopez) have declared for the NBA draft. Former Stanford coach Mike Montgomery, the man Johnson replaced, is back in the Bay area coaching at cross town rival Cal (lose to the former coach who built the program and you’ll fall out of favor fast with alumni). And, finally, Stanford has rigorous academic standards that do not allow Johnson to recruit marginal students.
In coming to LSU Johnson has time to build a program that’s in essence hit rock bottom. He’ll also have the complete support of a new athletics director.
I think this hire was the best LSU has made in a very very very long time, one that may turn out to be the best the school has ever made.