LSU fired men's basketball coach John Brady after starting conference play with a 1-6 record. The Tigers' eight overall wins to their 13 losses is the only losing record in the SEC.
Athletic director Skip Bertman said he had intended to wait until after tomorrow's game with Tennessee to break the news, but he held the press conference Friday to avoid information leaking to the players.
Despite a pair of down seasons, Brady has had quite a career with the Bayou Bengals. Since arriving in 1997, he posted 192 victories.
LSU won the Western Division title three times under his leadership, while also going on to win the conference in both 2000 and 2006.
The Tigers saw Sweet 16 action twice and advanced to the Final Four just two years ago.