Posted: Jun 5, 2012 6:22 PM by Michael Shingleton
Updated: Jun 5, 2012 6:22 PM
BATON ROUGE - One day after LSU Assistant Men's Basketball Coach Shawn Forrest stepped down, questions have been raised as to why.
He had only been an assistant coach for the Tigers for 40 days before leaving abruptly.
Forrest said in a statement Monday, "I appreciate the opportunity given to me by Coach Jones and LSU. There are some personal matters that have taken a priority that I need to give immediate attention."
Last month in a news release issued through email and posted on their website, LSUSports.net, a spokesperson for the athletic department wrote of Forrest's basketball and life accomplishments.
One paragraph read, "Forrest received a Bachelor of Arts from The University of Arkansas Pine Bluff in 1998 and a Master's of Education from Troy [University] in 2000."
But Troy University has no record Forrest ever completed the program.
In a statement, Cliff Lusk with media relations for the university said, "According to our records, he did not receive a masters. He did take classes, but he did not complete the requirements for graduation."
News 2 asked the LSU Athletic Department for Forrest's resume and an on camera interview. We wanted to know if Forrest had listed a masters from Troy in his resume given to LSU, what type of background checks, if any, LSU performs with new hires, and if Forrest was forced out.
None of it was answered, and in an emailed statement, LSU Senior Associate Athletic Director Herb Vincent said, "as stated in the press release issued Monday, Coach Forrest has resigned for personal reasons and LSU has no further comment. LSU looks forward to completing our men's basketball coaching staff very soon and preparing for the upcoming season."
LSU's website isn't the only publication citing Forrest as having a master's degree from Troy. He spent the past three years as an assistant to Johnny Jones at the University of North Texas. That school's athletic website lists the same accomplishments.
Forrest spent time as an assistant coach at Arkansas State, Florida A&M and Troy University before joining Johnny Jones at North Texas.
Our attempts at reaching him were unsuccessful Tuesday evening.