Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- LSU head coach Johnny Jones court side with his assistant coaches against the College of Charleston, Monday, Dec. 22, at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge.

LSU men's basketball associate coach Eric Musselman is gaining attention as a potential candidate for the University of San Diego's head coaching opening, according to an ESPN report.

San Diego's Bill Grier was fired Monday after going 117-144 in eight seasons.

Musselman is in his first season at LSU. His hiring was viewed as an opportunity to bring a schematic boost to a bench that faced critiques at times for how it handled one the SEC’s most talent-laden rosters last season.

Musselman graduated from San Diego where in his senior season of 1986-87 the team compiled a 24-6 record, losing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to Auburn.

Before coming to LSU, Musselman spent two seasons as assistant coach and later associate head coach at Arizona State.

Musselman served as the head coach of the Golden State Warriors in the NBA from 2002-04 and later the Sacramento Kings in 2006-07. In 2002-03, Musselman was second in NBA Coach of the Year voting (to Gregg Popovich) as he led the Warriors to their two best seasons in 10 years, including a 51-31 home record.

Musselman and his father, the late Bill Musselman, were the first father and son combination to both become NBA head coaches.

LSU plays in its first NCAA tournament game since 2009 on Thursday against North Carolina State in Pittsburgh.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.