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LSU A.D. Meets With Jones, Others… Not Dixon

According to The New Orleans Times-Picayune, LSU’s basketball coaching search is picking up steam.  Athletic director Joe Alleva — the paper claimed yesterday afternoon — has already spoken with North Texas coach and former Tiger Johnny Jones (pictured at left), with New Mexico State coach Reggie Theus, with Harvard coach Tommy Amaker.

The paper initially reported that Pitt’s Jamie Dixon had also met with Alleva.  But that claim prompted Pittsburgh officials to deny that the Panthers coach had met with LSU’s AD in Atlanta yesterday.  Dixon was in fact in his office on the Pitt campus.

The article at The Times-Picayune’s website now states that “a previous report on that Alleva met with University of Pittsburgh Coach Jamie Dixon was inaccurate.”

Stuff happens.  Sources aren’t always 100% accurate.  We’re not picking on the paper, just trying to spread the word that LSU did not meet with Pitt’s Dixon.

In fact, Alleva himself told The Baton Rouge Advoctate that he did not meet with Pitt’s coach.  But he did admit to speaking with Jones:

“Everyone at North Texas knows he is a candidate.  We got permission to talk with him and have done everything through the proper channels.  He was a great candidate and a great interview.”

Alleva also said of Harvard’s Amaker: “Tommy is a friend.  We talked three times, and he’s not interested in the job.  He’s happy where he’s at.”

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