LSU board approves contract extension for coach Johnny Jones
LSU's Board of Supervisors has granted approval to a two-year contract extension for coach Johnny Jones, the school announced on Friday.
As part of the extension, Jones' annual salary will increase $400,000 to $1.5 million, according to a news release.
Since being hired in 2012 to replace Trent Johnson, Jones has led the Tigers to a 39-26 record over two seasons with zero NCAA tournament appearances.
“Johnny has our men’s basketball program heading in the right direction,” said LSU Vice-Chancellor/Director of Athletics Joe Alleva. “On the court, his up-tempo style and the energy in which his teams play is something that is appealing to our fans and is attractive to recruits. Off the floor, Johnny and his staff have done a great job of making academics and community involvement a priority. We look forward to having Coach Jones lead our men’s basketball team for many years to come.”
“I would like to thank Vice-Chancellor/Director of Athletics Joe Alleva, our President (Dr. F. King) Alexander and the Board of Supervisors for the confidence shown in me and our staff,” said Jones on Friday. “This commitment by the university will allow us to continue to move the program forward as we strive for excellence on the court, in the classroom and the community. My family and I are very grateful.”
The Tigers signed two four-star players in the class of 2014 and have received a verbal commitment from Ben Simmons, the nation's No. 1 prospect in the class of 2015 according to Rivals.com.
LSU went 20-14 and lost in the second round of the NIT last season.
- Chris Johnson