Brad Davis’s mom already had the navy beans on the stove after church.
His father was about to light the grill.
Finally, a quiet Sunday afternoon in early December relaxing with the family, including his wife Anecia and their two children, for LSU’s offensive line coach.
Then the phone rang.
It was LSU. By the time he hung up the phone with athletic director Scott Woodward, he was the Tigers’ interim head coach for the newly announced trip to Houston for the Texas Bowl.
They needed him on campus almost immediately: Someone had to call a press conference about the trip to the bowl to play at Kansas State.
“You’re going to be on the TV news!” her mom yelled.
So the whole family forgot about the barbecue and traveled to LSU to see Brad’s first press conference as head coach.
Go ahead and cast the “interim” qualifier if you want.
Davis couldn’t care less.
Given the hectic circumstances – LSU is being politely called a “transition” team by the time new permanent head coach Brian Kelly takes over – arguably the most “pointless” of what will now be 53 LSU trips. to the bowling. At best, it seems like an afterthought before the Tigers start the next chapter.
Profanity, Davis says.
“For me it is a historic moment,” he explained.
Tease yourself if you have to, but even if for a bright moment, he sees it as a dream come true, “something I’ve been preparing for all my life.”
Soccer coach at Louisiana State University.
Game or not, he will go into the history books as LSU’s first black head football coach.
He will also claim that, in fact he takes it very seriously.
“I look forward to representing LSU in an excellent way in this role,” he said, “but also representing all the African American coaches who are looking for this opportunity.
“I want to be proud of what I do in this role (for) the kids in North Baton Rouge who ride the transfer bus. I was one of those kids. And I’m here today. “
So, let’s clear this up.
Was it always your dream to be a coach at State Flagship School that didn’t even recruit you from Belaire High School in Baton Rouge?
Someone on Gerry DiNardo’s staff in the late 1990s made a mistake: Oklahoma attacked him and he was ultimately named the Sooners’ Most Valuable Offensive Lineman in 2002.
But it was only last June that Ed Orgeron hired him that he returned to Baton Rouge.
In between, the closest connection he had to Louisiana was Anecia’s Father’s Day tradition of sending a box of boudin to whatever training stop they were at.
That included 11 schools, including three seasons as a graduate assistant and something called Doane University (in Nebraska) before cracking the SEC code with stops in Florida, Missouri and Arkansas when Orgeron finally called him home.
“I am very proud to be a coach at LSU,” he said. “It is an honor.”
“It’s a big problem. I want to go out and coach this team to be successful. I want to win this game.”
The circumstances are not ideal.
The Tigers, already depleted from injuries, have had three more starters who have opted out of the game with their sights set on the NFL draft and don’t have a true quarterback with Max Johnson among the large handful of transfers. .
Most of the remnants of Orgeron’s staff have dispersed for other jobs. Davis will have to make do with some analysts replacing.
It doesn’t matter all that.
“I will never change this experience,” Davis said. “I am 0-0 as a coach at the moment. I hope to be 1-0 ”.
Hobbs Scooter covers LSU athletics. Email him at