Trent Johnson leaving LSU for TCU

Published: Apr. 7, 2012 at 3:42 PM CDT|Updated: Apr. 7, 2012 at 6:03 PM CDT
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - After sleeping on it, sources close to the situation say Trent Johnson has informed LSU athletic director Joe Alleva he is leaving the school to become the new head basketball coach at TCU.

The decision weighed heavily on Johnson, who struggled with the thought of leaving his players behind.

However, in the end, Johnson decided a TCU salary, sources say, is in the neighborhood of $2 million a season, with even more financial incentives to graduate players, was too good to pass up.

Johnson will meet with his former LSU players to inform them of his departure, including a flight to Kentucky to speak to guard Anthony Hickey. Johnson is fearful his departure may also lead to Hickey leaving and doesn't want that to happen.

Johnson will be officially introduced at a TCU news conference Monday. Several people with strong influence in the LSU basketball circle are already pushing hard for North Texas head coach and former LSU assistant Johnny Jones to be Johnson's replacement.

Alleva will listen to what they have to say.

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