Georgia State hires UT assistant Rob Lanier

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Tennessee basketball is losing a member of its coaching staff.

A long-time assistant coach with head coach Rick Barnes, Rob Lanier has accepted the head coaching position at Georgia State.

“We are extremely pleased to welcome Rob and his family to the Panther Family,” Director of Athletics Charlie Cobb said in a statement on the university website. “We believe that under his leadership, our program will continue to rise as one of the premier programs in the country. He understands the core values we have at Georgia State and will help our student-athletes succeed both on the court and in the classroom.”

This will be Lanier's second stint as a head coach. The 50-year-old previously coached at Sienna from 2001-05.