LSU’s revolving door of news continued Wednesday with the addition of a familiar face to the coaching staff in Matt McMahon. McMahon is bringing former Murray State assistant coach Casey Long to Baton Rouge according to Jon Rothstein.
As McMahon looks to strengthen his staff, it’s important to bring in people who share the culture he’s trying to create within the program. After spending five seasons with McMahon at Murray State, there aren’t many better options than Long in terms of what he’s looking for.
Long also spent two seasons on Will Wade’s team from 2015 to 2017, when both were at VCU before Wade eventually took the LSU job and Long went to Murray State to join McMahon’s team. . A native of Leesville, Louisiana, Long also probably knows the world of state recruiting a little better than most, so this hire makes sense on many levels.
The recruitment target for McMahon and these staff will initially have to go through the transfer portal. LSU has seven current players who have entered the portal and more could very well be on the way. McMahon wants to surround himself with people familiar with his style, which also played a role in the signing of Murray State transfer guard Justice Hill.
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By investing in the program and getting staff members who see the vision McMahon had for this program, it’s clear that Long meets the criteria. Bringing this program back to LSU standard won’t happen overnight, but as McMahon continues to control his coaching staff, the trajectory of this program can only go up.
“Everybody wants to come to LSU. Like I said, it’s one of the best places in all of college sports. I’m going to bring together the best people, not necessarily because of the name on the front of their jersey. , “said McMahon. “I’m going to have transformative people on my staff who will impact our young people.”