LSU has requested that Kim Mulkey make the Tigers a national champion again.
The school reported Sunday it recruited Mulkey as its ladies’ ball mentor, stopping her fiercely fruitful spell at Baylor.
“Kim Mulkey is a champion and a Hall of Famer, and we are thrilled to welcome her home,” athletic director Scott Woodward said. “Her accomplishments are unprecedented, her passion is unrivaled, and her commitment to winning in all aspects of life—in the classroom, on the court, and in the community—is unparalleled. We look forward to working with her as she instills that championship culture at LSU.”
Baylor Vice President and Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Mack B. Rhoades IV gave an assertion about the 58-year-old’s takeoff:
“We are grateful for the more than two decades Kim Mulkey poured into building Baylor women’s basketball to one of the nation’s premier programs. Coach Mulkey’s sustained success is one of the most remarkable runs in college basketball history, and her accomplishments are worthy of the Naismith Hall of Fame induction she’ll experience later this year.”
Rhoades proceeded to say a quest for another lead trainer is now in progress.
Bits of gossip connecting Mulkey to the LSU opening acquired steam lately. The college affirmed Saturday that Nikki Fargas was leaving, with the Associated Press’ Doug Feinberg revealing April 16 she was in conversations to take over as the Las Vegas Aces’ group president.
Mulkey was additionally a star at Louisiana Tech subsequent to having experienced childhood in the state, so this addresses a get back for the legendary head coach.
All things considered, it stays a digit of an amazement to see Mulkey leave behind a program she helped transform into a force to be reckoned with. At the point when Mulkey showed up in front of the 2000-01 season, the Lady Bears hadn’t arrived at the NCAA competition once. They continued to make the Final Four on four events and win three public titles, the latest of which came in 2019.
While filling in as AD at Texas A&M, Woodward gave Jimbo Fisher a 10-year, $75 million agreement to help get the Aggies to the following level on the gridiron. Bringing Mulkey to Baton Rouge shows a comparative degree of expectation.
LSU made five straight Final Fours from 2004 to 2008, with Seimone Augustus and Sylvia Fowles playing featuring jobs for the Tigers. From that point forward, the program still can’t seem to get back to those statures, simply progressing to the Sweet 16 of every 2013 and 2014. The Tigers arrived at a depressed spot in 2020-21 as they went 9-13 and completed eighth in the stacked SEC.
The 2,036 fans LSU found the middle value of per game in 2019-20 delineated the overall absence of buzz around the group. South Carolina, by correlation, had a NCAA-high 12,218 fans at its games.
Mulkey will require a couple of years to make the Tigers relevant on a national scale once more, yet her appearance gives a prompt lift.