LSU basketball has moved past the days of Johnny Jones as its men’s basketball coach. But that doesn’t mean Johnny Jones has moved past his love of coaching the game.
According to a release from the school, the former Tigers head coach has landed on his feet as the new associate head coach for Eric Mussleman at Nevada. Musselman was a former assistant under Jones at LSU.
“I had the opportunity to work with Coach Musselman during our NCAA tournament run,” Jones said, per the release. “We had a great experience working together and developed a really good relationship. I’ve watched him grow his Nevada team over the last two years and seen the success. I jumped at the opportunity to work with him again.”
— Nevada Basketball (@NevadaHoops) April 19, 2017
Jones, who was fired by LSU after last season and subsequently replaced by former VCU coach Will Wade, will join a Wolfpack program that is coming off an NCAA Tournament appearance.
Now 56, the former LSU player will return to being an assistant for the first time since working with Alabama from 2000-01.
Jones went 90-72 over five seasons with the Tigers, but finished with a 10-21 record in 2016-17 and missed the NCAA Tournament for a second consecutive season.