As it turns out, the stories of Will Wade’s demise at LSU may have been greatly exaggerated.
Following a long standoff that has included public statements released by each party via various media outlets, both LSU and Wade are reportedly interested in meeting to discuss a potential resolution of this matter. LSU has publicly stated that Wade has an open invitation to meet with the school and the NCAA regarding the Yahoo! Sports article claiming the FBI has an audio recording of Wade potentially discussing an offer to a recruit.
According to Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated, the event that may have changed Wade’s interest in meeting with LSU and the NCAA came with the hiring of attorney Steven Thompson. Thompson also represents Arizona’s Sean Miller and Auburn’s Bruce Pearl — two coaches who have had their names attached to FBI investigations in one form or another in the past and both remain employed at their respective schools.
LSU is not expected to clear Wade based on any single meeting but it is believed a first meeting could lead to that resolution.
In his story, Dellenger also notes that the vast majority of feedback LSU has gotten following Wade’s suspension has been negative. The outcry for AD Joe Alleva and school president F. King Alexander to resign isn’t limited to social media, LSU fans have been busy emailing the school issuing their complaints when it comes to the suspension of Wade to end the basketball season.
While that isn’t a surprise, you have to wonder if public pressure is beginning to wear on the leadership at LSU after they came out and issued some harsh comments for the program’s basketball coach just a few weeks ago.