Six weeks after coaching his final game with the LSU basketball team, Johnny Jones has joined forces with three former members of his Tigers’ staff.
Jones, a former LSU player and assistant coach who was fired just 36 hours after completing a 10-21 season, was announced Wednesday as the new associate head coach at Nevada.
The 56-year-old Jones, who had a 90-72 record during a five-year run at his alma mater, joins Nevada coach Eric Musselman, assistant Ronald Dupree and grad assistant Hays Myers — who all worked with him at LSU.
"I feel bad that it ended this way," Joe Alleva said. "I wish Johnny the best. I feel bad for Coach Jones, but it's all about winning championships and I felt it wasn't going that way."
Musselman, a former NBA head coach, was an associate coach on Jones’ staff in the 2014-15 season when the Tigers earned an NCAA tournament berth for the first time since 2009.
Dupree, a former LSU star, was a student assistant under Jones in 2014 and then served two seasons as director of student-athlete development, while Myers was a four-year student-manager for Jones while at LSU.
“I had the opportunity to work with coach Musselman during our NCAA tournament run,” Jones said in a news release. “We had a great experience working together and developed a really good relationship.”
In just two seasons at Nevada, Musselman has led his team to 52 victories.
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The Wolf Pack won the 2016 College Basketball Invitational title and this season earned the school’s first NCAA tournament bid since 2007 after claiming the Mountain West Conference’s regular-season and postseason tournament titles.
“I’ve watched him grow his Nevada team over the last two years and seen the success,” Jones said. “I jumped at the opportunity to work with him again.”
“We are absolutely thrilled that coach Jones has joined our staff,” Musselman said in the announcement. “I saw the leadership and basketball knowledge he possesses when we worked together at LSU. He’s going to be a very important part of many more tournament runs here at Nevada.”
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The 2016-17 campaign was the only losing season Jones had at LSU.
After succeeding Trent Johnson in April 2012, he went 19-12, 20-14, 22-11 and 19-14 in his first four seasons, but had only two postseason invites to the 2014 NIT and NCAA a year later.
His 90 victories at the school was the most of any head coach at LSU in their first five years and he finished as the fourth-winningest coach in program history.
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