BATON ROUGE, La. — Among the first things Trent Johnson did when he arrived at LSU on Thursday was meet football coach Les Miles and take a look at the Tigers' national championship trophy from last season.

LSU may be a football school, but then, incoming athletic director Joe Alleva arrived here from basketball power Duke only days earlier. And LSU's basketball program is celebrating 100 years of history that includes all-time greats like Bob Pettit, Pete Maravich and Shaquille O'Neal.

"The opportunity to recruit the best student-athletes across the country and have the opportunity to compete for a championship year in and year out ... that is the goal," Johnson said. There was also, of course, the fact that Johnson will get a sizable raise.