Kim Mulkey, who received three NCAA championships and has been one of the distinguished coaches of the fashionable period in ladies’s basketball, left Baylor after 21 seasons Sunday and accepted the job at LSU.
The transfer, which despatched shockwaves by means of ladies’s basketball, brings Mulkey again to her roots, having grown up 45 minutes away from Baton Rouge in Tickfaw. She additionally performed at Louisiana Tech and coached there as an assistant for 15 years earlier than going to Baylor, the place she constructed an everlasting nationwide energy. Her son, Kramer Robertson, performed baseball at LSU.
Mulkey received 86 p.c of her video games with the Bears and 11 regular-season championships within the Huge 12. She received her first nationwide title in 2005, did it once more in 2012 with a 40-0 crew led by star Brittney Griner after which for a 3rd time in 2019.
After a lot success over so a few years, it was extensively assumed that Mulkey would end her profession at Baylor, the place she was credited with whole compensation of $3.04 million for the 2019 calendar yr, based on the college’s most lately accessible federal tax information. That quantity consists of $649,000 in bonuses. Baylor received the NCAA championship in April 2019.
However phrase started to percolate in current days that LSU would make a robust push for Mulkey if Nikki Fargas left to take over as crew president of the Las Vegas Aces within the WNBA. Fargas’ resignation grew to become official on Saturday.
Mulkey has had a historical past of controversial feedback, most lately after her crew was eradicated within the Elite Eight of the NCAA Match when she stated that the NCAA should not test players for COVID-19 at the Final Four. In 2017, with Baylor embroiled in an investigation over the college and athletic division’s dealing with of sexual assault complaints, Mulkey ripped critics of the college and instructed Baylor followers to “knock them proper within the face” in the event that they stated they wouldn’t ship their daughters there.
Mulkey, 58, will take over an LSU program that has struggled to interrupt into the highest 25 in recent times however made 5 consecutive Last Fours from 2004-08.
Contributing: Steve Berkowitz.