Why don't we make him earn the extension instead of just handing it over before the season?
Well, jackass -- if you read the press release, I believe the administration BELIEVES he has "earned the extension"...
Geeze -- you "LSU didn't win every game" or "... but we lost to a team we "should" beat..." people piss me off.
Paul Mainieri has run a super clean, competitive program... his on the field accomplishments are noteworthy in any league... and like football --- LSU plays in the most competitive conference in the country. Recently the SEC East has had the upper hand in winning NATIONAL Championships.... but I think going back to 2009 an SEC team has been every final series, except 1 -- from memory - so don't blast me if there was a second one.
The man HAS earned an extension --- which keeps the integrity of the program in place.
If I'm betting -- my money is on YES, LSU will win the SEC no less than 2X and appear in the CWS at least 2X during the term of Coach's contract ---- that's 2 SEC Championships and 2 CWS appearances in the next 5 years.... whether we win the National Championship or not is irrelevant -- that is SOLID performance on the field. And if the Academic Honors and community service recognition continues I'd extend him again in 2 - 3 years.