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Report: TCU Targeting LSU’s Johnson For Hoops Opening

According to Jeff Goodman of, TCU is targeting LSU basketball coach Trent Johnson to fill its own coaching vacancy:

“Sources told that TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte has, after failing to get Pittsburgh’s Jamie Dixon to return to his alma mater, has targeted Johnson — who has spent the past four years in Baton Rouge.”

Johnson is 58-59 at LSU with an NCAA Tournament appearance and an NIT appearance bookending a pair of 20-loss seasons.  In his first year on the Bayou — with John Brady’s roster — Johnson led the Tigers to a surprising regular-season SEC championship.

Despite a solid track record at Nevada and then Stanford, there have been rumors that Johnson is not a perfect “fit” personality-wise with the Baton Rouge establishment.  Also, remember that TCU is now moving to the 10-team Big 12.  The Horned Frogs will have more money to kick around.  And a 10-member league would figure to be easier to win than a 14-team SEC that’s adding Missouri and Texas A&M (from the Big 12).

We’re big believers in coaches restarting their coaching clocks every five or six years.  With seven-foot star Justin Hamilton announcing yesterday that he was heading to the NBA early, now might be a good time for Johnson to restart his clock.


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