Will Wade reportedly offered 'impermissible payments' to at least 11 recruits according to the NCAA
Many SEC basketball fans have been waiting a long time for some kind of resolution when it comes to the allegations against Will Wade and his LSU basketball program and it appears the NCAA is getting ready to announce its findings.
No surprise, the news isn’t great for Wade or LSU.
According to a new report from Mark Schlabach of ESPN, the result of the NCAA’s investigation into Wade claims the LSU coach arranged for or offered “impermissible payments” to at least 11 potential recruits or others around them.
Wade infamously made comments regarding his “strong ass offer” extended to Javonte Smart during a wiretapped conversation that was recorded and featured in an HBO documentary centered on the corruption in college basketball and the government’s botching of its investigation into the matter.
Following the wiretapped conversation between Wade and an agent regarding the offer, Smart committed to Wade’s LSU program.
Included in ESPN’s report of this case is a comment from NCAA vice president of enforcement Jonathan Duncan, who has expressed his dissatisfaction with LSU’s inability to get Wade to cooperate in the investigation into these allegations.
“Many of those factors are triggered by the actions of Will Wade, head men’s basketball coach at Louisiana State University,” Duncan wrote. “Some of his underlying actions gave rise to this case and his tactics during the investigation have delayed resolution dramatically. He is employed in a leadership position at LSU, yet the institution has been unable to secure his full cooperation and is accountable for his behavior.”
When allegations were first made about Wade, LSU suspended the coach but ultimately brought him back after an agreement was reached stated that the school could fire him for cause if it was proven the coach committed any Level I or Level II violations.