Johnny Jones will remain the coach of the LSU Tigers men’s basketball team for the 2016-17 campaign despite underachieving this past season, according to a tweet from Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports.
Johnny Jones will be back at LSU in 2016-17. "Go ahead and put it out there," Joe Alleva told me.
— Pat Forde (@ByPatForde) March 23, 2016
This is certainly a surprising decision, as LSU was just 19-14 (11-7 SEC) this season despite having No. 1 2015 recruit Ben Simmons on the team, not to mention other strong talent in guys like Antonio Blakeney, Keith Hornsby and Tim Quarterman, among others. Sure enough, the Tigers missed out on the NCAA Tournament despite being picked by many to win the SEC prior to the start of the season.
Despite that, Jones will receive a fifth year in Baton Rouge to try and right the ship despite Simmons having just declared for the NBA Draft. Jones has gone 80-51 (40-32 SEC) in his four seasons with the Tigers and has made the NCAA Tournament just once, that being last season, and that was LSU’s first trip to the big dance since 2009.
Either way, one thing is certain. Though Johnny Jones will be back at LSU next year, it’s truly put up or shut up time for him.
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