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Johnny Jones' hoops roots go deep

LSU's new men's basketball coach enjoys a rich history in Louisiana

Updated: April 24, 2012, 9:29 AM ET
By Gary Laney | GeauxTigerNation

DeRidder, La., is a sleepy place.

Culturally, it's where the Baptist churches and La-Tex twangs of north Louisiana begin to give way to the Catholic churches and spicy Cajun tones of south Louisiana. Economically, it's all about its paper mill and Fort Polk, the United States Army base about 15 minutes north of town.

It hardly fits the stereotype of a basketball hotbed. It's way too small for inner-city slick, too Southern for Midwestern farm-boy fundamentals.

But in the 1960s ...

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