Out of morbid interest, I went to the LSU web page, maneuvered into the basketball phase, and clicked on “Roster.”
Nothing got here up.
Big fats checklist of not anything.
And this was once now not your customary technical difficulties. The Wi-Fi was once practical. The web was once operating wonderful.
So I waited an hour and attempted once more.
Ah-hah. OK. It have been up to date.
This time there was once a message studying: “The Roster Of Players For the Selected Season Is Not Available At This Time.”
Truth learn, the roster isn’t to be had as a result of there isn’t one.
At this second, LSU doesn’t actually have a basketball crew.
No avid gamers, a minimum of.
The cabinet is naked.
Strange. They appeared to have had a complete supplement simply a few weeks or so in the past within the NCAA Tournament.
They didn’t have a head trainer then — the www.trainer, Will “Wiretap” Wade, had already been fired.
So now the Tigers have a head trainer in Matt McMahon, promising selection, too.
But for the primary time since 1907 — when the sport was once nonetheless evolving from chunking football balls at peach baskets — LSU has no basketball avid gamers.
McMahon mentioned at his introductory information convention that he was once acutely aware of what he was once entering.
But it’s tricky to win with out a avid gamers. And I don’t imply no “PLAY-uhs,” as in actually just right avid gamers. No, we’re speaking about no avid gamers in any respect, of any measurement, form or shape.
The complete scholarship roster from simply over two weeks in the past has vanished into skinny air.
That’s now not an exodus, it’s a mad-cap stampede — however 11 Tigers have entered the NCAA switch portal, two others are coming into the NBA draft early.
That accounts for everyone.
Wade had 4 extremely touted avid gamers dedicated to go into this system for subsequent season — and all 4 have, as they are saying on social media, “reopened my recruitment.”
Translation: Forget it. See ya later.
So at the moment McMahon is a promising trainer with out a avid gamers to train — almost certainly now not what he signed up for.
There needs to be a “Help Wanted” signal hooked up to the Maravich Assemby Center.
McMahon mentioned when taking the process that his first order of commercial could be secure conferences with present avid gamers, speaking up his imaginative and prescient for he program.
Apparently, he was once speaking most commonly to himself.
It’s now not a complete shocker, after all. Surely, it’s now not McMahon’s fault. It’s all in accordance with what were given Wade canned — the college receiving the NCAA Notice of Allegations which detailed seven Level I allegations towards this system underneath Wade.
LSU nonetheless has to answer them after which the NCAA will liberate its sanctions.
So it’s nonetheless a ticking time bomb.
But the reaction via the avid gamers who have been there tells you everyone is assuming the worst, if now not a hoops apocalypse.
It’s arduous in charge the ones leaving or retreating.
Figure on more than one years banned from the NCAA Tournament, almost certainly a discount in scholarships, that no person it seems that needs because of the presumed postseason ban.
McMahon will in finding some, possibly sufficient to spherical up a beginning 5. He’s already were given two transfers following him from Murray State, which went 31-3 and reached the second one spherical of the NCAA Tournament this yr, and in addition picked up a stray from Northwestern State.
But you’ve were given to actually, actually wish to be a Tiger to join a hitch with this cloud placing in the market.
For now … bear in mind LSU and Kansas State within the Texas Bowl, when more than a few elements — the portal, concentrating at the NFL draft, an educational casualty or two, a couple of accidents and COVID precautions — compelled the Tigers to ship a glorified JV crew to Houston with out — amongst many different issues — a quarterback.
That was once admirable just for the truthful effort via an outmanned crew towards inconceivable odds.
It was once more straightforward to swallow as it was once a one-shot aberration.
LSU basketball, assuming McMahon can collect sufficient avid gamers, might be having a look at a few seasons value of equivalent mismatched frustration.
Scooter Hobbs covers LSU athletics. Email him at email@example.com