Posted by sull21858 on 4/6/2012 3:49:00 PM (view original):
Johnson never should have left Stanford. That move was always a head scratcher for me.
From 'Palo Alto Online' in 2008:
Trent Johnson may have been too honest for his own good, describing his situation at Stanford as his dream job and letting anyone within earshot know it.
Underpaid and apparently underappreciated at Stanford, the 51-year-old coach was introduced as the new men's coach at during a press conference on Thursday in .
The Pac-10 Coach of the Year, Johnson was in the final year of his contract at Stanford, and was scheduled to meet later this week with A.D. Bowlsby about an extension. According to a source close to Johnson, Bowlsby verbally offered Johnson a contract about half the length of the five-year deal he wanted. For Johnson, it was too little, too late.
Johnson had "preliminary talks" with LSU officials at the Final Four in this past weekend. His new contract with LSU is estimated at $1 million to $1.2 million annually — nearly twice the reported salary he received at Stanford.