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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North Texas head coach
205-162 (12 years)
Memphis (1 year), North Texas (11 years)
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.