Jon Wilner's post on his San Jose Mercury News blog College Hotline, re. why Stanford's Johnson left UCLA has some preeeetttty interesting details involving Timmeh (bold mine):The Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Johnson was in the final year of his contract on The Farm. He was scheduled to meet later this week with Stanford athletic director Bob Bowlsby about an extension.
Bowlsby has said repeatedly that Johnson would receive an extension after the season, but Stanford's season ended almost two weeks ago and there still isn't a deal.
What's Johnson's connection to LSU? He's friendly with USC Coach Tim Floyd, who is from Mississippi, coached in New Orleans and is very influential at LSU.
(Floyd, it's worth noting, was the head coach at Iowa State during a portion of Bowlsby's long tenure as the athletic director at Iowa.)
Longtime Stanford watchers and sources close to the situation wondered why Bowlsby delayed the extension.
He could have hammered out a deal last fall or at any point during a season in which Stanford finished second in the Pac-10 and reached the Sweet 16.
So did Timmeh steer TJ to LSU? I am not sure.
I think TJ is a smart guy for skipping town. Furd was not going to be very good next season with the departure of Lopez brothers. With a weak team and Monty's shadows from Bezerkely, TJ skipped out of town when his stock was up. I'd say he is a pretty smart man.
As for Furd looks like Bay Area reporters such as Wilner are getting ready to skewer the Furd AD, who has been procastaniating on extending Johnson's contract, and they might be also getting ready to raise the raise card (from the same post):
Paging Mr. Streeter. Mr. Streeter please pick up red courtesy telephone please.
What does this has to do with our Bruins? Well all these movement in Pac-10 (Bayless, Buddinger already bye-bye in Tucson), even if N's nuclear scenario were to take place, I think our buys are going to be able to fight through, win 18-22 games, and get to the Dance. Again that's the worst case scenario. Not bad I say.