LSU men’s basketball coach Johnny Jones praises outgoing SEC chief Slive _lowres

Image from video -- LSU coach Johnny Jones


LSU coach Johnny Jones issued a letter to Tigers’ fans on Thursday, thanking them for the support his team received during a narrow 71-69 loss to top-ranked and undefeated Kentucky on Tuesday night.

With a paid crowd of 13,997, of which there were 13,111 fans in the Pete Maravich Assembly Center, the school set a record for the present seating configuration during a renovation of the arena prior to the 2005-06 season.

In the letter, Jones harkened back to his playing days at the school in the early 1980s when packed houses were a common occurrence under former coach Dale Brown.

“I am genuinely touched by the support that you have continuously given to our program from the day that I became a head coach at LSU,” Jones wrote. “Tuesday night, the entire family was back together in the house that Pete built.

“The energy of the ‘Deaf Dome’ that our fans brought was felt by me, our coaches, and most importantly, it was felt by our players. When we were down, you brought us back. For that, we thank you!”

LSU will play its next two games on the road -- on Saturday at Tennessee and Tuesday night at Texas A&M. The next home game will be on Saturday, Feb. 21 at noon against Florida.