LSU to hire Matt McMahon: Tigers program turns to Murray State coach after firing Will Wade

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LSU is expected to hire Matt McMahon away from Murray State to become its next men’s basketball coach, a source confirmed to CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander on Monday. News of McMahon’s hiring comes just over a week after the Tigers fired embattled coach Will Wade amid allegations of wrongdoing related to him and the LSU program.

McMahon, 43, has spent the past seven seasons building Murray State into a force in the Ohio Valley Conference. The Racers went 154-67 during his tenure, winning four regular-season conference championships over the past five seasons and three OVC tournament titles. In three appearances in the NCAA Tournament, they have twice qualified for the second round.

McMahon’s star has steadily brightened over the past few years in the coaching ranks and he really rose to prominence after recruiting and signing unranked prospect Ja Morant. Morant became an All-American at Murray State, and after two seasons became the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA Draft for the Memphis Grizzlies, where he is already an All-Star.

LSU athletic director Scott Woodard has in the past hired splashy head coaches during his tenure, most recently nabbing Brian Kelly as a football coach away from Notre Dame and Kim Mulkey as a women’s basketball coach away from Baylor, which made men’s basketball hire. one of fascination given the resources of the Tigers. But McMahon’s rising profile, NCAA tournament success, and consistent ability to do more with less have made him a prime candidate for a position in the power conference ranks, and there’s an undeniable allure to go from the OVC at the SEC with a huge pay raise to boot.

A native of Tennessee, McMahon played college basketball in Appalachia State before later returning to his alma mater as an assistant. He also cut his teeth in the coaching ranks as an assistant at Tennessee, UNC Wilmington and Murray State prior to his recent run of success with the Racers.

LSU is a great job with fantastic resources and a winning history, but for McMahon, that comes with its own challenges. The school boxed Wade earlier this month shortly after he received a notice of allegations related to wrongdoing under his watch, and the program could face penalties for his alleged misdeeds. extend to McMahon’s tenure.

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