LSU AD: School has fired men's basketball coach Johnny Jones

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) LSU director of athletics Joe Alleva has announced that basketball coach Johnny Jones has been fired after five seasons.

The Tigers completed their worst season in 50 years Wednesday with a 79-52 loss to Mississippi State in a first-round game in the Southeastern Conference Tournament. LSU finished 10-21 overall, including a 2-16 league mark.

Allleva says he met ''with coach Jones earlier (Friday) and informed him that he was relieved of his duties. The AD added that this is the ''worst part of the job particularly when the coach is a friend and a great LSU person. But, it is all about championships and excellence and we were not going in that direction.''

Jones won at least 19 games and never had a losing record in the SEC in his first four seasons. However, the results began to dip at the end of last season. The Tigers lost six of their final 10 games against SEC teams.

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