Sources: Robert Kirby could return to fill LSU Basketball’s assistant coach vacancy

Tiger Rag Editor

LSU’s assistant coaching opening could go to a familiar face.

Robert Kirby, who coached under Johnny Jones at LSU in 2012-13, is in the mix to fill the coaching position vacated by David Patrick, sources tell Tiger Rag.

Kirby, who has been the assistant head coach at Memphis since leaving LSU in 2013, has 32 years of coaching experience at the Division 1 level, including tenures at Mississippi State (1989-1993 and 1998-2010), Georgetown (2010-12), and Houston (1993-1998).

In Kirby’s lone season at LSU with Jones, the Tigers were 19-12, the best first-year start in program history. Kirby also helped spearhead the 2013 LSU signing class featuring NBA forwards Jarell Martin (Memphis Grizzlies) and Jordan Mickey (Boston Celtics), as well as 2016 draft hopeful Tim Quarterman. That 2013 group ranked No. 5 in 247Sports’ evaluations.

Patrick departed LSU earlier this month for a similar position at TCU. Kirby, meanwhile, could be on the move due to Josh Pastner’s move from Memphis to Georgia Tech. Kirby has also been linked with positions at Texas A&M and Western Kentucky.

LSU is expected to make an announcement soon regarding the position.

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