LSU finalizes decision on next men's basketball coach, per report
LSU has reached a decision on its next men’s basketball coach.
The coach to replace Will Wade will be Matt McMahon of Murray State, Pete Thamel of ESPN reported.
Murray State fell in the second round of Saturday’s NCAA Tournament to 15th-seeded Saint Peter’s after the Peacocks beat Kentucky. Murray State knocked off San Francisco in overtime to start the tournament.
LSU reportedly considered San Francisco’s Todd Golden before he was hired at Florida, and McMahon is reportedly in the mix for the South Carolina opening, as well.
McMahon has coached at Murray State since the 2015 season and besides leading the Racers to the NCAA Tournament over 3 seasons, he’s most known for recruiting current NBA superstar Ja Morant.
Entering this season, the Racers have won Ohio Valley Conference games at a .707 clip with a mark of 75-31. McMahon has just one losing season in his 7 years with the Racers. Prior to taking the Murray State job, he was an assistant coach with programs like UNC Wilmington and Appalachian State. He also coached at Louisiana Tech and Murray State.
If McMahon, in fact, takes over, there will be NCAA cloud in the wake of Wade’s dismissal, which came before LSU’s first-round loss to Iowa State in the NCAA Tournament.