With Women's Basketball Trapped in Mediocrity, It's Time For LSU To Bring Coach Mulkey Back To Louisiana
By: Terrill J. Weil
Da Boot Sports
BATON ROUGE, LA: The Nikki Fargas era began in 2011-12 with exciting promise as it looked like the program would return to the high level of success that Sue Gunter built over a 22 year span, followed by four great seasons with Pokey Chapman at the helm.
Next, Van Chancellor took over a program that was right at the top of college basketball making the Final Four four straight seasons. The Lady Tigers would return to the Final Four in Chancellor's first season for a 5th straight appearance but over the next three years the program would begin to slip in recruiting top talent and fall back into mediocrity.
Then LSU hired Coach Fargas and during her first three seasons the team would post records of 23-11, 22-12, and 21-13 including back to back trips to the Sweet Sixteen. But over the last seven seasons, the program has fallen back to a level of mediocrity, only qualifying for the NCAA Tournament three times, exiting the dance in the first round each time, while not making the NCAA postseason field for the third season in a row.
Time has come for a change Mr. Woodward. There is very little to no excitement for the women's basketball program and this is the perfect time to pull the trigger and make a huge blockbuster move.
With football coming off of one of their most disappointing seasons in years, the baseball and softball teams struggling to compete with the best the SEC has to offer, and the men's basketball team losing in the second round of the NCAA Tournament with most feeling they just completed an underachieving season, it's time to try and bring life back to one of the school's mediocre programs.
It was also reported earlier today that five players on the team's roster, Tiara Young, Awa Trasi, Karli Seay, Sharna Ayres, and Treasure Thompson have entered the transfer portal.
Make the blockbuster move and bring Coach Kim Mulkey back home to Louisiana. Having one of the most successful basketball coaches in NCAA history brought in to revive the women's basketball program is just what the doctor ordered. She would come with a hefty price tag, but she is worth every penny of it.
Twenty One years of excellence at Baylor could come turn the Lady Tigers into serious contenders once again. Mulkey, the mother of former LSU baseball great Kramer Robertson, grew up in Tickfaw, Louisiana, and lead Hammond High School to four consecutive girl's basketball state championships. She would then become an All-American point guard at Louisiana Tech, winning two national championships. Mulkey is also in the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame as a player.
Mulkey would then join the Bulldogs coaching staff as an assistant coach, then promoted to associate head coach. In 15 years on the Tech coaching staff, the Bulldogs would post a 430-68 record, advancing to seven Final Fours, while winning the 1988 NCAA Championship.
In 2000 she would accept the head coaching position at Baylor, who at the time had just finished last in the Big 12 going 7-20 overall, and had never received an invite to the NCAA tournament.
That changed in her first season there as she lead the Lady Bears to their first ever NCAA bid. Baylor has advanced to postseason play every year since Mulkey's arrival. They have won 20 games every year and only once has her team lost more then 10 games in a season. Baylor defeated Michigan State in 2005 for the national championship making Mulkey the first woman to win a Division I title both as a player and as a head coach. She has lead Baylor to the Sweet Sixteen five times, the Elite Eight ten times, Final Four four times, and has won three NCAA National Championships, (2005, 2012, & 2019)....
Baylor was 10 seconds and a horrible officials' call away from advancing to the another Final Four on Monday night's Elite Eight matchup with UConn...
Mulkey may also be the only coach who could compete with former LSU gymnastics Head Coach D-D Breaux as far as fashion goes, as she known for some of her bold wardrobe choices.
Please Mr. Scott Woodward... We are all tired of mediocrity... Go get Coach Kim Mulkey and bring her back to Louisiana. Bring her here to wear the purple & gold... Bring her here to win championships.... You won't be sorry.........