LSU Announces Decision On Head Coach Will Wade

Paola Ditto
Aprile 16, 2019

But after Wade's Friday sit-down with his employers and the NCAA, the first meeting involving Wade since his indefinite suspension, everything is copasetic?

Wade has since changed his representation, hiring Chicago-based attorney Steven Thompson, who has represented universities, coaches, athletes and governing bodies in matters before the NCAA and the USOC.

Interim coach Tony Benford directed the Tigers during Wade's suspension. The Tigers went 25-5 overall and 16-2 in the SEC, sharing the league's regular-season championship and drawing the No. 1 seed for the conference tournament. The Tigers then advanced past the first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament before falling to eventual Final Four participant Michigan State. However, the seriousness of the allegations and Coach Wade's prior refusal to refute them could not be ignored without exposing the University and basketball program to great risk.

In his own statement, Wade said he was "humbled and grateful" to be back at LSU.

"I look forward to re-joining the team right away", Wade continued. Protecting LSU and preserving our integrity must always be our first priority.

The university suspended Wade on March 8 after reports surfaced that he had been recorded in federal wiretaps having conversations with Christian Dawkins, one of the men convicted in the "pay-for-play" college recruiting scandal that has rocked the sport. The university revealed the news via press release tonight.

"I completely understand that without my denying or explaining the media reports accusing me of wrongdoing LSU was left with no choice but to suspend me until I was willing and able to meet with them".

"Again, I'd like to thank the Board of Supervisors, President Alexander, Athletic Director Joe Alleva, our student-athletes, and our fans for this opportunity".

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