Johnny Jones' extension, raise approved

The LSU Board of Supervisors approved Friday a contract extension and raise for LSU basketball coach Johnny Jones

LSU basketball coach Johnny Jones is now under contract with the Tigers through the 2019 season after the LSU Board of Supervisors approved the extension Friday.

Jones, who is about to enter his third season at LSU, received a two-year extension and $400,000 raise to bring his total compensation to $1.5 million, according to a release from the school. There was no change to the bonus agreements in his contract and the buyouts remain the same.

Jones told TSD's Ben Love at the SEC Tipoff on Wednesday he was pleased with the commitment being made by LSU.

"I'm excited because it gives us an opportunity as a staff and a program to continue to move forward," Jones said. "I'm glad that our athletic director and our chancellor have shown and given us that type of support. I think that's important for any program. My family and I are very appreciative of that."

Click here for the full video interview with Coach Jones.

“Johnny has our men’s basketball program heading in the right direction,” said LSU Vice-Chancellor/Director of Athletics Joe Alleva in a statement. “On the court, his up-tempo style and the energy in which his teams play is something that is appealing to our fans and is attractive to recruits. Off the floor, Johnny and his staff have done a great job of making academics and community involvement a priority. We look forward to having Coach Jones lead our men’s basketball team for many years to come.”

Jones has won 39 games as LSU head coach, most by anyone in their first two years at that position.

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