LSU announces coach Will Wade has been reinstated
LSU was without coach Will Wade for the SEC Tournament and the NCAA Tournament after he was suspended due to an FBI wiretap that allegedly caught him discussing payment for a player.
His future was very much in doubt, but now, the LSU administration has reached a decision.
Per an email issued by the Tigers on Sunday night, Wade has officially been reinstated by LSU after meeting with the university and NCAA officials on Friday. Here’s the comment from LSU AD Joe Alleva:
“The LSU Athletics Department today agreed to reinstate Will Wade as head coach of the Tiger basketball program. Coach Wade met Friday with University and NCAA officials. During those meetings, he answered all questions and denied any wrongdoing in connection with recently reported allegations of irregularities in college basketball recruiting.
“The University regrets that Coach Wade did not choose to fulfill his obligations to LSU when he was first asked to do so. However, the seriousness of the allegations and Coach Wade’s prior refusal to refute them could not be ignored without exposing the University and the basketball program to great risk. Protecting LSU and preserving our integrity must always be our first priority.
“Coach Wade’s explanations and clarifications offered during the meeting, absent actual evidence of misconduct, satisfy his contractual obligation to LSU. Accordingly, I have recommended that Coach Wade’s suspension be lifted and that he should be allowed to resume his coaching responsibilities. President Alexander has accepted this recommendation.”