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Benford was head coach at North Texas from 2012-17 before being an LSU assistant the past two years. He was part of Texas Tech’s 1985 Southwest Conference championship as a player, and later was an assistant coach at Marquette, Nebraska, UTEP, Arizona State and New Mexico.
LSU reinstated head coach Will Wade two weeks ago. Wade missed the regular-season finale and the SEC and NCAA tournaments after the school suspended him following a Yahoo report about leaked excerpts of an FBI wiretap that captured Wade speaking with a person convicted of funneling illegal payments to the families of recruits.