LSU pulled out a victory over Tennessee in the Southeastern Conference Saturday for its 19th win and set up a Saturday semifinal with Texas A&M. However, that didn’t stop the questions about coach Johnny Jones’ future.
Q. Coach, building off that, what do you say to the national criticism of you that, given the talent on your team, probably you should already be a lock for the big tournament and not have to win the next two games to be there?
COACH JONES: I didn’t hear that. Who said that? Somebody said something negative about us?
Q. About your coaching specifically, quite honestly.
COACH JONES: Yeah, well, I don’t get caught up in that. I know I coach against a bunch of great guys in this league, and we’re sitting there with an 11-7 record, and those are the guys that I really have to be concerned and focused on and challenge against on a weekly basis.
So we try to make sure that we put a great group of kids out there. We have one of the youngest teams in the league, but we don’t go around and blowing our horn on what we can and can’t do. We just have to perform at a certain level. I’m not sure all the talent that people talk about. I know what talent other teams have that are in our league, and we’re excited to be in the top three of that.
So we don’t get caught up with the critics. We just try to get caught up with how well we can execute night in and night out, and I think you look at our record, if you know much about our team, who we played without the early part of the season, it speaks for itself, our win-loss record.
But I think our guys have done a tremendous job of playing throughout the year.