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Rothstein: LSU hires VCU’s Will Wade as head coach

Virginia Commonwealth coach Will Wade reacts during the first half of the team's first-round game against Saint Mary's in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Thursday, March 16, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

The LSU Tigers have hired VCU Rams head coach Will Wade to the same position, a source confirms to FanRag Sports. Wade replaces longtime head coach Johnny Jones, who was fired at the end of the season after five years on the job.

Wade spent the past two seasons as the Rams’ head coach, having taken over in place of Shaka Smart, who left the school for Texas. He made the NCAA Tournament with VCU each of his two seasons on the job, going 26-9 this past season, but was eliminated in the first round. In 2015-16, he advanced to the round of 32, having gone 25-11 and winning a share of the Atlantic 10 regular season championship.

The move is the third in the last five seasons for Wade, who started his head coaching career at Chattanooga in 2013-14. He becomes the youngest coach in the SEC at just 34 years old at the time of his hiring. He spent time as an assistant at both Harvard and VCU before taking his first head coach post. The Rams will now be looking for their third head coach in the last four seasons.

The Tigers are coming off a 10-21 regular season that saw them go 2-16 inside SEC play, finishing in the cellar. The record was the first time Jones fell below the .500 mark in his tenure as LSU coach. He made just one NCAA Tournament appearance in 2014-15, winning 22 games, before missing the NCAA Tournament in 2015-16 while he had the nation’s No. 1 recruit in Ben Simmons on his roster.

This story was first reported by ESPN.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.

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