LSU coach Will Wade won’t meet with LSU, NCAA over allegations

first_imgA letter given to LSU by Wade’s attorney, which was obtained by The Advocate, details how the coach is waiting for the federal investigation into NCAA basketball’s recruiting scandal to be over before he discusses the allegations.Since the trial where Wade is subpoenaed isn’t supposed to start until April 22, that means the coach will be barred from LSU’s SEC Tournament run and possible NCAA Tournament appearance. Related News Athletic director Joe Alleva and other LSU officials reportedly said Wade could return this season if he agreed to a meeting and explained his comments on the wire tap. With Wade refusing to do so, the earliest he can be reinstated is after the trial and if he is cleared of any wrongdoing. Will Wade likely will remain suspended for the rest of the season.The LSU coach won’t meet with the school nor NCAA officials over the FBI wiretaps that reportedly catch him talking about a “strong-a— offer” he gave to a recruit. Arizona’s Sean Miller, LSU’s Will Wade to be subpoenaed to testify in corruption trial, report says Freshman guard Javonte Smart, who appears to be the recruit Wade was talking about on the wiretaps, has also been benched pending the investigation. However, he could return as soon as Friday, depending on the results of an LSU investigation into his recruiting.LSU has already talked to Smart’s mother, Melinda, about the issue, but had to conduct its own investigation since the FBI refuses to share the recorded wiretaps.”We have discovered something that’s been alleged. It hasn’t been denied by coach Wade,” Thomas Skinner, LSU’s general counsel and vice president for legal affairs, said. “We have to assume the worst and investigate it to the fullest.”last_img

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