Texas Southern will hire former Nevada associate head coach Johnny Jones, according to CBS and FanRag Sports’ Jon Rothstein.
Texas Southern will hire Nevada's Johnny Jones as its next head basketball coach, per a source. Former head coach at LSU.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) June 25, 2018
ESPN’s Jeff Goodman confirmed Rothstein’s report.
Texas Southern has hired former LSU head coach Johnny Jones to replace Mike Davis, source confirmed. Jones had been on Eric Musselman’s staff at Nevada.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanHoops) June 25, 2018
As Rothstein and Goodman both point out, Jones coached at LSU before spending one season with the Wolf Pack. At LSU, Jones posted a 90-72 record and made appearances in the 2015 NCAA Tournament and the 2016 NIT. In his final season in Baton Rouge, Jones was instrumental in recruiting future No. 1 overall pick Ben Simmons. Before that, he led North Texas to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances over 11 seasons.
Texas Southern’s hire comes on the heels of a tumultuous offseason for the Tigers. Former head coach Mike Davis bolted to Detroit Mercy on June 5, then starting point guard guard Demontrae Jefferson announced his intent to transfer on Twitter last week.