It has been confirmed that there will be a press conference today, Monday, April 29 at 1:30 p.m. in the Gold Room to announce a new head men's basketball coach.
It has been reported this morning that San Jose State Spartans' basketball coach Phil Johnson is headed back to the SJSU Spartans basketball organization, where he will be reunited with the fans that loved him!
SJSUspartans.com.com reported last night that SJS Athletic Director Chuck Bell and President Robert Caret were trying to persuade Johnson to accept the coaching position with the Spartans.
Apparently, it's now a done deal, and Johnson will be re-joining San Jose State, and moving to back to the San Jose area immediately.
Johnson will replace sour-puss, Steve Barnes.
The once Iowa State assistant, Steve Barnes, who was an assistant coach at Utah State when Bell was the athletic director there, will be heading back to whence he came...Iowa State.
According to our sources up in San Jose, there was reportedly going to be a press conference at 1:30 p.m. this afternoon at which time Barnes' resignation as head coach would be announced.
Johnson, 40, came to SJS originally from Arizona, where he had been an assistant coach for five seasons. The Spartans were 12-16 under Johnson, a nine-win improvement from the previous season (3-23).
Johnson replaced Stan Morrison who had been coach since 1989. Morrison is now the AD at UC Riverside, which is making the jump from D-II to D-I athletics. Johnson's contract was extended after the season to go through 2003-04 and the total value was increased to $700,000.
The extension came after Johnson was contacted about the coaching job at Pittsburgh.
The Spartans recruited ten new players, a class that was ranked in the top 20 by a few scouting services (Clark Francis of HoopScoop ranked the class 17th in the nation).
San Jose recruited Cory Powell (6'-5" So. SG/SF) from Independence College; Billy Landram (6'-7" Jr. SF/PF) from Olympic College; Brett Lilly (6'-5" Fr. SG/SF) from Riceville (Iowa) High School; Terry Shelton (6'-0" Fr. PG) from Crowley (Texas) High School; Les Norman (6'-0" Fr. PG/SG) from Lebanon (Ill.) High School; Lawrence Felder (6'-10" Jr. F/C) and Ronald Strange (6'-8" Jr. F) both from Fullerton College; Rashaad Hines (5'-10" Jr. PG) from North Idaho College; and Darnell Williams (6'-8" Jr. PF) and Kevin Blunt (6'-7" Jr. F) both from Long Beach City College.
The Spartans look forward to seeing the "winning ways" of Coach Johnson, and gleefully cheers the departure of now ex-coach, Steve Barnes (Pictured Above).