[Update: LSU has hired Johnny Jones to fill their coaching vacancy]
You didn’t really think another SEC school was going to let their job opening pass without talking to Murray State head coach Steve Prohm, did you?
Really, you did?
Then you’re not going to like this: College Basketball Talk is reporting that Prohm has spoken with LSU about their job opening.
Now, to be fair, they’re quoting a source that is quoting unnamed “sources,” so there is some question as to it’s accuracy. And Jacques Doucet, a sports anchor for WAFB in Baton Rouge, tweeted after the report came out that LSU denies Prohm is a candidate. Could it be all be a weird smokescreen of some kind? Sure, it’s possible.
Add to it this: WPSD talked with Murray AD Allen Ward last night, who said Prohm had not said anything to him about talking to LSU, (which he said he believed Prohm would do) and that LSU didn’t contact him for permission to speak to Prohm. (Not a requirement, but a courtesy)
So, there’s some question as to how credible this report really is.
At the risk of rehashing the obvious, Prohm his ties both to the SEC (he played at Alabama) and to the state of Louisiana. (where he was an assistant under Billy Kennedy before heading to Murray State) And it appeared, at least, that he was close to accepting the Mississippi State job all of two weeks ago.
Since then, he has gotten a contract extension and bump in pay at Murray State, but will that really be enough to hold him there? LSU will offer him much more, likely double what he’s making at Murray. But I bet Mississippi State was offering similar money.
Here’s where there may be some cause for concern, though. By most accounts, LSU appears to be a better position for next season than Mississippi State was, and it’s in the SEC’s weak West Division.
Without knowing exactly why Prohm didn’t take the Mississippi State opening, it’s hard to say what the chances are of Prohm leaving for the Bayou, if, again, he’s even being considered. Sure, he will have a slight PR issue to deal with if he leaves less than a month after signing an extension, but that’s minor at worst.
Strap in, Racer Nation. Your bumpy ride just might not be over yet.
And one final note. Morehead State’s Donnie Tyndall has been mentioned by some as a candidate for this opening as well, although it’s not known how seriously he’s being considered, if at all.