When Johnny Jones was hired as LSU's head coach in 2012, those in Baton Rouge rejoiced. One of the Tigers' own was back to return them to national relevance.
Trent Johnson had led LSU to the NCAA tournament and 27 victories in his first season after replacing John Brady, but he was replaced by Jones after a total of 40 wins over the next three years.
Jones brought in pros: Jarell Martin, Jordan Mickey, Tim Quarterman and Ben Simmons. However, the past two seasons have been enough for athletic director Joe Alleva to make the decision to fire Jones.
Last season's team with Simmons, Quarterman and Keith Hornsby won 19 games and didn't even get into the NCAA tourney. This season was even worse, including a 15-game losing streak, as the Tigers finished the regular season with a 10-20 mark and a 2-16 record in SEC play.
Now Alleva's task is hiring someone who is a combination of Johnson and Jones. Johnson is regarded as a terrific X's and O's guy while Jones was certainly able to lure talent to Baton Rouge.