BATON ROUGE - LSU head men's basketball coach Trent Johnson said Monday he intends to remain at LSU despite media reports that he is a candidate for a similar position at another school.
"Contrary to published reports, I have no interest in leaving LSU for another school," Johnson said. "We are in the process of building a championship program at LSU and I am committed to seeing that through. We have great resources, wonderful fans and a rich history upon which to build a program that can compete for championships and graduate our players. LSU is where I want to build and sustain that kind of program."
Johnson just completed his third year as head coach of the Tigers. He was named the SEC Coach of the Year, the third conference he has been named Coach of the Year, in 2009 when the Tigers won the Southeastern Conference Championship.
"It takes time to build a consistent winner, one that competes on an annual basis for championships, and I am pleased Trent intends to remain at LSU to do just that," said Joe Alleva, LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics. "We are still building the program and for Trent to be mentioned as a top candidate at another school despite our current growing pains is a tribute to his reputation in the profession."
The 2011-12 Tigers will feature SEC All-Freshman team member Ralston Turner (who led the 2011 team in scoring), Iowa State 6-10 transfer Justin Hamilton and freshman recruits signed in the fall - John Isaac of Pickering (La.) HS and McDonald's All-American forward Johnny O'Bryant of Cleveland, Miss.