By BRETT MARTEL, AP Sports Journalist
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU is filling its men’s basketball coaching vacancy with Murray State’s Matt McMahon, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Monday.
The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the hiring, first reported by ESPN, was not announced.
The hiring comes two days after Murray State ended its season with a loss to Saint Peter’s in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
McMahon, 43, coached Murray State for seven seasons, during which the Ohio Valley Conference school in Murray, Ky., earned two first-round NCAA tournament wins.
This season, Murray State went 31-3 and won its fourth regular-season conference title in five years. It was a No. 7 seed in the East Region at this year’s NCAA Tournament and beat 10th-seeded San Francisco in overtime in the first round.
McMahon has a 154-67 record at Murray State, which included appearances in three of the last four NCAA tournaments, in 2018, 2019 and 2022. There was no NCAA tournament in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Racers also won a first-round game in 2019.
McMahon replaces Will Wade, who was fired on March 12 for cause amid allegations of serious recruiting violations. LSU received an offer for the NCAA Tournament this year but lost in the first round to Iowa State, 59-54.
The circumstances surrounding Wade’s firing could mean penalties for LSU upon McMahon’s arrival. But McMahon’s decision also brings him to a Southeastern Conference program with a proud history.
LSU has appeared in each of the last three NCAA tournaments and a total of 24, including four Final Four appearances in 1953, 1981, 1986 and 2006.
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