Sources: VCU's Wade a front-runner for LSU job

VCU head coach Will Wade has had discussions with LSU about replacing Johnny Jones and has emerged as one of the front-runners for the job, sources told ESPN.

Wade, 34, has been the head coach of the Rams for two seasons, taking over when Shaka Smart left for Texas in 2015. VCU is 51-20 under Wade, making back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances. Wade was also the head coach at Chattanooga for two seasons, going 40-25 overall and 27-7 in the Southern Conference.

Wade began his coaching career at Clemson as a graduate assistant and director of basketball operations from 2005 to '07, before spending time as an assistant coach at Harvard and VCU.