LSU basketball assistant Eric Musselman will be the next head coach at Nevada, leaving Baton Rouge after one season with the Tigers.
The news emerged Wednesday afternoon, and TSD's Ben Love reports that Musselman's hire will likely become official at a Nevada Board of Regents meeting on Thursday. Musselman spoke to Jim Rome on CBS Sports Radio about his decision to leave for the Wolfpack.
"I think there's so much upside," Musselman said. "The foundation has been set by great coaches...They've proven they can win at Nevada. From a recruiting base, it fits me perfectly because I have Northern California ties, which is a natural ground for us to recruit. It's a perfect fit for me and my family."
Musselman joined Johnny Jones' staff at LSU in June 2014 after spending two seasons as the associate head coach at Arizona State. He came to Baton Rouge with a coaching pedigree, the son of legendary coach Bill Musselman. The younger sports a coaching resume dating almost 30 years with experience in both the NCAA and NBA.
Going to Nevada will be a homecoming of sorts for Musselman, as he did spend 2010-11 coaching the Reno Bighorns of the NBA D-League.
Known for his prowess in X's and O's, Musselman helped lead this year's LSU team to its first NCAA appearance in six years. The Tigers lost their first game on a last-second shot by NC State.
"It shows you the importance of every second of every game," Musselman said. "It's not just the last play that does you in. Shot selection and all these little things, it's not the last five minutes of the game. The NCAA Tournament takes a life of its own, and you're on razor blades. You're so close, and if you can just advance through one game, anything can happen...
"We felt we could've beat NC State. We outplayed them through 35 minutes, and they go on to beat Villanova and now they're in the Sweet 16. You have to give NC State credit."
Coach Jones had nothing but positive things to say about his now former assistant.
"We’re excited for Muss," Jones said. "He came in not knowing what to expect. And it’s tough getting acclimated to it…I can tell you Muss did a tremendous job with us this year. He was a joy to have around."
The search has already begun for Musselman's replacement. It'll be the third straight offseason that the Tigers will hire a new assistant.
"This is a championship caliber job in a great atmosphere, a great opportunity for someone," Jones said. "A lot of interest has been shown just as it was a year ago. We have to take our time and do our due diligence to get the right person in here moving forward.”
LSU's Eric Musselman leaving for Nevada
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