LSU tabs Jones to take over

DeRidder native, former Tiger player and longtime assistant coach lands his dream job.

A high-ranking LSU source said Johnny Jones has been hired as the Tigers' new coach.

Jones' agent, John Hamilton, confirmed as much.

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Johnny Jones
Current position:
North Texas head coach
Alma mater:
Overall record:
205-162 (12 years)
Career stops:
Memphis (1 year), North Texas (11 years)
La. connection:
Grew up in the state, played four seasons for LSU and was an assistant to Brown for 14 years.
Jones is one of a handful of players who has played in a Final Four and also been a coach in one.
Nobody the LSU administration could interview has a stronger connection to the Tigers' history and tradition. Jones has spent 11 seasons crafting his coaching ability at a school and in a conference where winning is a challenge and has put together a pair of NCAA Tournament teams.
Fairly or not, Jones will always be connected to the unsavory end of Brown's historic LSU tenure. His name has been cleared to a degree and he has put together a nice career at UNT, but there will always be a faction of LSU fans leery of reconnecting to that part of the Tigers' past.

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