Johnny Jones Out At LSU

According to a report from The Times-Picayune, LSU and head coach Johnny Jones will part ways at the end of the SEC Tournament. Jones, who was hired in 2012 to take the place of Trent Johnson, is a combined 90-71 (.560) overall and 42-48 (.466) in the SEC over his five-year span.

Jones’ best season came in 2014-15 when the Tigers ended at 22-11 overall and made it through to the Second Round of the NCAA Tourney. The Tigers were on the upswing over Jones’ first three seasons, improving their overall record each season culminating in the NCAA Tourney birth.

With the commitments of five-star Ben Simmons, the top prospect in the overall 2015 class, five-star Antonio Blakeney and four-star Brandon Sampson, many thought Jones and the Tigers could make a run at the top spot in the SEC in the 2015-16 season.

Despite landing a top 10 recruiting class in the 247Sports Composite Team Rankings, the Tigers finished a disappointing 19-14 overall, 11-7 in the conference and in a tie for third place. Maybe LSU’s most promising season ended without a NCAA Tournament birth.

The 2016-17 season has been another downturn, ending the regular season at 10-20, including a 15 game losing streak bookend with a win at Missouri on January 4 and home win against Tennessee on March 1.

Despite early successes and continued promise into the 2015-16 season, two disappointing seasons forced Athletic Director Joe Alleva to pull the trigger.

ESPN believes there are three ‘More realistic’ candidates to replace Jones, those being Will Wade of VCU, Kevin Keatts out of UNC Wilmington and Dan Muller from Illinois State with Kermit Davis of Middle Tennessee State and Eric Musselman of Nevada as possible backups.

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