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LSU hires Randy Livingston as assistant basketball coach

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LSU has hired former Tigers star and New Orleans native Randy Livingston as its new assistant basketball coach. He replaces Al Pinkins, who left the program in June.

“I am very excited about the new addition to our staff, Randy Livingston,” LSU coach Johnny Jones said in an LSU press release. “He was a tremendous high school player, an NBA player and a true student of the game. He has coached in the summer leagues and in the NBA D-League as well as developing scouting services at the high school level.

“All these things have positively shown that Randy has the desire, commitment, and a great love for the game of basketball. We are excited about his passion and enthusiasm for the game and he bleeds purple and gold. The impact he will have on our players this coming season will allow for continued success and growth within our program.”

Livingston spent two seasons in Baton Rouge before leaving for an 11-year NBA career and he battled knee injuries while playing for the Tigers. As a freshman in  1994-95, he averaged 14.0 points, 9.4 assists and 4.0 rebounds. His sophomore season injuries limited his playing time and he averaged just 6.1 points, 5.3 assists and 2.3 rebounds.

“I don’t know if Coach Jones was expecting to lose another assistant and things just came together pretty fast,” Livingston said. “It was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass on. I’m just excited for me and my family to be headed back home.”

Livingston attended New Orleans’ Isidore Newman School at the same time as Peyton Manning, Livingston was named the High School co-player of the year in 1992 (with Jason Kidd) and 1993 (with Rasheed Wallace).

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