LSU will part ways with coach Johnny Jones, sources confirmed to ESPN.
Jones told ESPN on Tuesday night that he has not been informed by anyone in the LSU administration that he had been terminated. He said the first he heard about his pending dismissal was when ESPN contacted him after practice Tuesday in Nashville, Tennessee, site of this year's SEC tournament, by phone.
Jones said he has two years left on his contract and is due an estimated $800,000, which would be his base salary for the final two years.
The 55-year-old coach has been with the Tigers for five seasons. He was 80-51 heading into this season but didn't make the NCAA tournament in 2016 despite having eventual No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons, and he struggled this past season with a 10-20 overall record and a 2-16 mark in SEC play. LSU will play Mississippi State on Wednesday in the SEC tournament. Sources confirmed to ESPN that an announcement will come shortly after the Tigers finish playing in the SEC tourney.
The news was first reported by NOLA.com.
Jones led LSU to an NCAA tournament appearance in 2015 and an NIT appearance in 2014 -- but the recruiting successes of the Tigers never translated to a single NCAA tournament win. In addition to Simmons, Jones also reeled in top-50 prospects Antonio Blakeney, Brandon Sampson, Jordan Mickey and Jarell Martin.
Jones, who played his college ball at LSU, was also an assistant coach in Baton Rouge from 1984 to 1997. He had stints as a head coach at Memphis and North Texas and spent time as an assistant at Memphis and Alabama.
Jones received a contract extension in October 2014 that goes through 2019.
Information from ESPN's Andy Katz contributed to this report.