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Report: Murray State’s Steve Prohm spoke with LSU

NCAA Basketball Tournament -  Colorado State v Murray State

LOUISVILLE, KY - MARCH 15: Head coach Steve Prohm of the Murray State Racers shouts from the sidelines against the Colorado State Rams during the second round of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at KFC YUM! Center on March 15, 2012 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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According to a report by Sharief Ishaq of WAFB TV in New Orleans, Murray State head coach Steve Prohm spoke with LSU in regards to their head coaching vacancy.

LSU is looking to replace Trent Johnson, who left the school at the beginning of the week to take over at TCU.

Prohm posted one of the best first-year records for a head coach in the history of college basketball in 2011-12, leading the Racers to a 31-2 record and the round of 32 in the NCAA tournament.

Just days after the Racers’ season ended with a loss to Marquette Prohm received both a raise and a contract extension, with his deal now lasting until 2016.

With a base salary of $270,000, Prohm is expected to earn $300,000 per year after fulfilling radio and TV obligations (usually meaning coaches’ shows).

Johnson made $1.2 million in his final season in Baton Rouge, leaving for a job that will pay him in upwards of $2 million per year.

Whether or not discussions have taken place remains to be seen, but there’s quite a difference between what Prohm’s due to make at Murray State and what he could make at LSU.

But as we’ve seen with the likes of Mark Few (Gonzaga), Shaka Smart (VCU) and Brad Stevens (Butler) a coach doesn’t have to “take the money and run” in order to remain successful.

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.