Former LSU basketball coach Johnny Jones is a head coach again.
Jones, the associate head coach under former LSU assistant Eric Musselman at Nevada last season, agreed Monday to replace Mike Davis at Texas Southern.
After leading TSU to the Southwestern Athletic Conference tournament title in March, Davis' team went to the NCAA tournament for the second year in a row and beat North Carolina Central in a First Four game.
Davis, who formerly was the head coach at UAB and Indiana, left Texas Southern this month to become the head coach at Detroit. He was 115-89 overall and 88-20 in SWAC play in six seasons at TSU.
The 57-year-old Jones told The Advocate in March 2017, just one week after he was fired at his alma mater, that he still had a desire to be a head coach again.
“It’s a job that is at the top of the conference," Jones told the Reno Gazette Journal of his new position. "They have tremendous administration and great tradition.
"Coach Davis has done a tremendous job here over the years and has left the program in good shape. It’s very difficult to find jobs of that magnitude in our business. ... I’m certainly looking forward to accepting the reins and taking on the challenge.”
Jones compiled a 90-72 record during his five-year stay at LSU, which hired him after a successful 11-year stint at North Texas. He took the Mean Green to two NCAA tournaments and was 190-146 overall there.
He also spent one year as interim head coach at Memphis and was 15-16 there before taking the job at UNT.
From North Texas, it was on to LSU, the team he played for from 1980-84. He also was an assistant under Dale Brown for 13 seasons.
Jones' 90 victories at the school was the most of any coach at LSU in their first five years. He finished as the fourth-winningest coach in program history.
Jones was dismissed after going 10-21 during the 2016-17 season, his only losing record at the school. Overall, he's 295-234 in 17 years as a college head coach.
Jones told the Gazette-Journal he'll take his son, John, with him to Texas Southern. John Jones, a guard, helped lead University High to three state titles in a row before joining Nevada's team as a walk-on last season.