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TCU's New Basketball Coach From LSU

AP source: LSU's Johnson to be named TCU coach



    TCU's New Basketball Coach From LSU
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    LSU's Trent Johnson may be introduced as the new Basketball Coach on the TCU campus as early as Monday.

        TCU is set to hire LSU's Trent Johnson as its next basketball coach. 

        A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Saturday night that Johnson will be introduced on the Fort Worth campus as early as Monday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no official announcement had been made. 

        Johnson has spent the last four seasons at LSU, where he was 67-64 after previously taking Nevada and Stanford to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament. 

       TCU, which is moving next season from the Mountain West Conference to the Big 12 is replacing Jim Christian.  Christian left last week to return to the Mid-American Conference as coach at Ohio University. He won at least 20 games in each of his six seasons at Kent State, taking the Golden Flashes to two NCAA tournaments before moving to TCU. 

      In four seasons at TCU, Christian was 56-73. The Horned Frogs were 18-15 last season, their first winning season since 2004-05 ending with a second-round loss at Oregon State in the College Basketball Invitational tournament. 

        LSU was also 18-15 last season, losing to Oregon in the first round of the NIT. 

        TCU is apparently increasing the salary it has paid its men's basketball coaches in the past. Christian made about $590,000 last season