When various news outlets reported on Tuesday that LSU plans on firing men’s basketball coach Johnny Jones at the end of the current season the majority of Tigers fans went to Twitter to support the university’s decision.
LSU was 10-20, 2-16 in the SEC during the regular season. The Tigers set a school record with a 15-game losing streak, which ended with a 92-82 victory against Tennessee on March 1 in the Maravich Center in Baton Rouge.
LSU, the No. 13 seed, plays No. 12 seeded Mississippi State at 7 p.m. today on the first day of the SEC Tournament today at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.
If LSU wins today then it will play today’s game plays No. 5-seeded Alabama on Thursday.
The only way the Tigers can guarantee a berth into the upcoming NCAA tournament is if they win the SEC tournament championship.
Because of the team’s struggles, no LSU fans were surprised the university eventually decided to part ways with Jones.
owwww LSU bouta fire johnny jones ?? bout time man
— southside (@southSidep__) March 8, 2017
I like Johnny Jones but yea I believe it's time.
— David L.Ramon (@gachodominguez) March 8, 2017
It took 5 years for LSU to finally fire Johnny Jones?
— Bo Ockman (@OckmanBo) March 8, 2017
I seriously can't believe LSU fired Les Miles before Johnny Jones
— Zac Clary (@producer_zac) March 8, 2017
But despite his pending dismissal, some fans expressed their support of Jones the person and not the coach.
Jones has long been a fan favorite in Baton Rouge. He is from DeRidder, La. and played 121 games at LSU from from 1981-84. He is one of 24 Tigers players to finish their career with more than 100 career steals.
Jones was an assistant coach at LSU under coach Dale Brown from 1984-1997 and was on the sidelines for some of its biggest basketball moments. Jones is the only player in school history to play and coach for the Tigers in a NCAA Final Four game.
I like Johnny Jones as a person and I hate to see a LSU alumni get fired but I am so glad we get a new coach.
— David Nesom (@daviddunkface) March 8, 2017
The fans expressed hope that LSU can make the right decision with its next coaching hire and that person can return the basketball program to national prominence.
@KySportsRadio Johnny Jones is one of the lowest paid coaches in the SEC. LSU is going to have to pay up if they want to make a splash hire.
— Justin Watkins (@_JWatkins) March 8, 2017
Who will replace Johnny Jones?
Who will make LSU basketball relevant again?
Is God coming back early?
— Astasia Williams (@AstasiaWillTV) March 8, 2017