The LSU Board of Supervisors on Friday approved a two-year contract extension and pay raise for LSU men’s basketball coach Johnny Jones.
Jones, who is entering his third season as the Tigers’ head coach, has won 39 games in his first two seasons – the most by any men’s basketball head coach in his first two years in program history.
The two-year extension will take Jones, who played at LSU from 1981 to 1984 and later served as an assistant coach under Dale Brown, through the 2018-19 season.
His new deal calls for a $400,000 annual bump in salary, which will be included in the TV/Multimedia/Radio portion of his contact, bringing his total compensation to $1.5 million per year There is no change in any of the bonus agreements in the original contract and the buyouts remain as stated in the original contract.
“Johnny has our men’s basketball program heading in the right direction,” athletic director Joe Alleva said in a university news release. “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.”
Jones thanked Alleva and university president F. King Alexander for the confidence they’ve shown in himself and his staff.
“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,” Jones said. “My family and I are very grateful.”