Out: Will Wade
With Wade bolting on the Rams, the program will again prove its worth with another coach, and a good one. For Wade, some wonder if he’ll have as much success at LSU as he did with Chattanooga and VCU.
In: Mike Rhoades
A great hire. He did a good job with Rice, getting the Owls to 23 wins this past season. VCU was able to quickly get a deal done. Rhoades was previously a top assistant under Shaka Smart. It has been a good week for the Smart coaching tree. Rhoades makes the most sense to succeed Wade. Before joining the D-I ranks, he spent 13 years on the bench in Virginia at D-III’s Randolph Macon.
Out: Johnny Jones
LSU’s only sub-.500 season under Jones was this season, a 10-21 disaster that included a 2-16 mark in the SEC. Jones made one NCAA Tournament appearance in his time in Baton Rouge. He’ll mostly be remembered for coaching Ben Simmons and not making the NCAAs in 2016.
In: Will Wade
Wade is an intriguing hire in Baton Rouge. LSU is the sleeping giant in the SEC. The Tigers opt to go young, as Wade is 34. LSU’s job is one with incredible potential, meaning Wade will have to recruit like he never has before in order to keep pace in an SEC that has a lot of big-time coaching talent. Wade is the latest to leave VCU for a traditional Big Six job, following in the footsteps of Jeff Capel (Oklahoma), Anthony Grant (Alabama) and Shaka Smart (Texas). Wade coached at VCU the past two years, getting the Rams to the NCAAs each time. He has a 91-45 career record as a coach; he previously coached at Chattanooga for two years. Wade cut his teeth as an assistant at VCU for Smart before returning to Richmond.