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The Silence is Deafening

On the women's basketball front, Texas has filled its coaching vacancy. And may I say, they hit a walk-off grand slam by stealing Gail Goestenkors from Duke. Expect Texas to become a perennial national power and win multiple national championships with her at the helm.

That brings us to LSU's coaching search. Immediately following Pokey Chatman's resignation, it was widely speculated that the SWA Judy Southartd would go after Baylor's Kim Mulkey. After a week of non-answer answers to the question by Mulkey during the Big 12 Tournament, we've heard nothing.

All we've gotten is one little article on the future of acting coach Bob Starkey. There's been no speculation except this gem:

[Athletic Director Skip] Bertman said the search for a new head coach would probably take about two weeks from the time senior associate athletic director Judy Southard, who oversees women's sports programs at LSU, returns from the Final Four on Wednesday. LSU has yet to interview any candidates formally because university officials did not want to distract the team while it was still playing in the tournament, Bertman said.

What have Southard and Bertman been doing? The Longhorns managed to hire arguably the best coach in the nation less than two days after the Final Four and yet LSU hasn't even started a search? I'm not sure how this is possible, but it's reminding me more and more of the debacle that was the baseball coaching search last summer.

For a program as high profile as LSU, there doesn't seem to be any sense of urgency to go get the best coach out there right now. Maybe I'll be proven wrong and Skip will get his (wo)man for the job. But I won't believe it til I see it.