Oil and water.
Memphis and football.
Jack Daniel’s and Sprite.
Those are things that don’t mix.
When Trent Johnson was hired as LSU coach in 2008 after the dismissal of John Brady, pundits viewed it as a curious hire.
And while LSU did in fact win an SEC championship with a senior-laden team in his first season, in 2010 and 2011 the Bayou Bengals won a grand total of five SEC games.
While LSU did rebound with an NIT berth in 2012 behind the play of Justin Hamilton and Anthony Hickey, here’s the thing people should look at.
If Hamilton had not fallen into Trent’s lap, there is no doubt in my mind that he would have been gone after this season.
And that’s not because of win-loss record.
It’s because Trent and LSU is a bad fit.
Don’t get me wrong, I loved what Trent did in his first season and his ability to get Anthony Hickey to the Red Stick from Kentucky as well as O’Bryant from Cleveland, Mississippi, two fabulous players with bright futures.
But outside of that as well as the SEC championship season, there’s nothing else to write about when it comes to Trent Johnson.
If you’re a school like LSU, you don’t hire a West Coast guy who doesn’t fully understand the culture in the league.
If Trent interviews for the job at TCU, which is looking for its third coach in six or seven years, my advice to him is this, go for it.
And don’t look back.