LSU men’s basketball coach Trent Johnson has emerged as the leading candidate to become the new men’s basketball coach at Texas Christian University, according to reports from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and

The Star-Telegram went as far to say that Johnson is likely to get the job, and that TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte has asked LSU’s permission to interview Johnson.

Johnson, 55, just completed his fourth season at LSU, leading the Tigers to an 18-15 record and a first-round appearance in the NIT, which ended with a loss at Oregon. He is 67-64 at LSU overall.

TCU is seeking a replacement for Jim Christian, who left the Fort Worth school last week to go to Ohio.

The reports come one day after LSU center Justin Hamilton announced his plans to go pro.

There has been no official word from LSU regarding Johnson.

More on this story as it develops.