Thoughts on LSU basketball coaching search

From what we’ve learned in the last couple of days about the LSU coaching search, here’s a few thoughts on the subject:

  • Memphis coach Josh Pastner told the Memphis Commercial-Appeal on Tuesday that he hasn’t reached out to LSU. That’s good, because at this point he isn’t on LSU’s radar either.
  • The same goes for Virginia coach Tony Bennett (though his wife is from Baton Rouge and is an LSU graduate) or Notre Dame coach Mike Brey.
  • Once again, expect LSU to hire a current head coach or someone with head coaching experience. In most of its major hires of late, LSU has sought out and landed sitting head coaches, the most notable exception being Van Chancellor coming out of retirement in 2007 to coach women’s basketball.
  • To review the six names we had in Tuesday’s paper, they include (alphabetically) Middle Tennessee coach Kermit Davis Jr., Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon, UTEP coach Tim Floyd, North Texas coach Johnny Jones, Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall and former New Mexico State and Sacramento Kings coach Reggie Theus. Not saying these are LSU’s finalists by any stretch, just six prominent names to watch.

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