One former LSU guard got his ticket home Friday.
Another one is hoping he’s not far behind.
Johnny Jones was named the Tigers’ new coach Friday, ending a week-long search triggered when Trent Johnson abruptly resigned to take the same position at TCU.
Randy Livingston could be headed down the same path, and he hopes that comes to fruition.
“I’m excited for Johnny and think LSU has made a great hire,” Livingston said Friday evening shortly after Jones’ hiring became official. “There’s no doubt I would love the chance to come back home and see if I could help the program.
“I’d love the chance to come back and work for Johnny.”
That’s a notion that seems to have some legs to it.
The former Newman High star spent two seasons at LSU in the mid-1990s and bounced around the NBA, CBA and NBDL for 12 seasons before moving into coaching with the Idaho Stampede. Livingston was that franchise’s coach the last two seasons.
But the 37-year-old coach’s contract expired at the end of the 2011-12 season and Livingston said he has planned to move back to Louisiana this month.
Will there be a job waiting for him?
“I’ve been interested in a job at LSU for a long time and I feel like this might be the right time for me,” he said. “I know a lot of people back in New Orleans and have stayed in touch with a lot of the coaches in the state.”
It is widely expected that Jones will consider Livingston and Baton Rouge-based AAU coach Quannas White for staff positions. Current LSU assistant Brent Scott has also voiced a desire to stay with the program.
One former Tigers’ assistant who won’t be returning is Bob Starkey. He said earlier this week that he is content coaching women’s basketball. Starkey took a job at UCF shortly after Nikki Caldwell was named the LSU women’s coach last April.