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LSU formally introduces Matt McMahon as new men’s basketball head coach

LSU president Dr. William IV (l), new men's basketball head coach Matt McMahon (c), and...
LSU president Dr. William IV (l), new men's basketball head coach Matt McMahon (c), and athletic director Scott Woodward (r) stand together when McMahon was formally introduced on March 23, 2022.(Derron Daquano/WAFB)
Published: Mar. 21, 2022 at 1:52 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 23, 2022 at 3:25 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - LSU formally introduced Matt McMahon as the new men’s basketball head coach on Wednesday, March 23.

New LSU men's basketball head coach Matt McMahon was formally introduced on Wednesday, March 23.

The university hired McMahon from Murray State on Monday, March 21, to replace Will Wade in leading the men’s basketball team.

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OFFICIAL: LSU hires Matt McMahon as new men’s basketball head coach

“I’m excited to join the best athletic department – and the most iconic brand – in all of college sports. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me, and I cannot wait to get to work,” McMahon said Monday.

A private jet departed Baton Rouge in the afternoon, landing at a small airport in Murray, Ky. The plane then departed Murray just after 5 p.m., returning to Baton Rouge. The plane was scheduled to land in Baton Rouge at 6:15 p.m. Monday, flight records show.

Former Murray State men's basketball head coach Matt McMahon gets ready to depart from Murray...
Former Murray State men's basketball head coach Matt McMahon gets ready to depart from Murray Ky. for Baton Rouge, La. after being hired by LSU on March 21, 2022.(Liam Niemeyer / WKMS)

According to The Advocate, McMahon’s contract is for $20.3 million over seven years and includes an additional year if the basketball program is sanctioned by the NCAA over violations.

“It was essential for us to hire a coach with a winning standard of performance, as well as the consistency and character to elevate our men’s basketball program to new heights,” said LSU Director of Athletics Scott Woodward. “Matt is exactly what we were looking for. His vision for our program and his values as a leader align perfectly with ours as an institution, and he has a proven track record of identifying talent, developing student-athletes, and building championship basketball programs. We are excited to welcome, Matt, Mary, and their three children to Baton Rouge, and we are ready to work together to write the next championship chapter for LSU Basketball.”

“I want to thank President Tate, Scott Woodward, and Stephanie Rempe for the incredible opportunity to be the next head basketball coach at LSU,” added McMahon. “My family and I are extremely excited to join the Baton Rouge community and lead the LSU Basketball program forward. I look forward to building relationships with our current players and recruiting elite student-athletes to LSU, and I’m excited to join the best athletic department - and the most iconic brand - in all of college sports. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me, and I cannot wait to get to work.”

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ESPN’s Pete Thamel first broke the news of the expected hire via Twitter earlier in the day.

The 43-year-old led the Racers to a 31-3 overall record this season. Murray State lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to St. Peter’s.

In seven seasons, his record was 154-67 (.697).

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