Glenn Guilbeau: LSU should've hired Jones a long time ago Shreveport Times - 2 days ago The Tigers won their sixth game of eight and improved to 16-9 and 7-7 in the SEC. Few thought they would have 16 or 7 at this point, and the Tigers have four regular season games left. LSU has a decent shot of finishing 18-11 and 9-9, which should warrant Jones SEC Coach of the Year mention. Apparently, the Hustlers are back. ... Jones' team plays a lot like most of Brown's teams — fast and high scoring with hustle and opportunistic defenses that tend to "freak" opponents. It's fun to watch, and people are gradually returning to the Assembly Center. There were 8,200 — a good crowd this century — on a beautiful Saturday with LSU coming off a loss, below .500 in the SEC ... Jones knows how to recruit like his mentor, too. He has three highly recruited prospects joining the program next year, including McDonald's All-American forward Jarell Martin. His first...recruiting class may produce as many quality players as his predecessor could in four years. And unlike that predecessor's predecessor, Jones had to leave a 50-mile radius of his house to get them. ... (Dale) Brown...has been saying for years to hire Jones. And he was right. Considering the start Jones has had, there is no telling how far along LSU's basketball program might be now had he been hired in 2008. March Madness might just be a routine condition "» as it was when it was Brown's court.