LSU Fires Men’s Basketball Head Coach Will Wade
LSU Tigers Men’s Basketball program fired their head coach, Will Wade, on Saturday. Also fired was associate head coach Bill Armstrong.
The firing comes as the school is being investigated by the NCAA for a number of infractions. In a notice of allegations that ESPN obtained, it was discovered that LSU men’s basketball program allegedly tallied seven Level I violations and a Level II violation.
Wade reportedly admitted to hush money through text and a $300,000 cash payment by an assistant coach, in addition to being captured on a wiretap making ‘offers’ to players to come to the institution.
A vehicle for a relative, an Instagram photo of an illegal recruiting meeting, a scholarship for a recruit’s pal, visa aid, and illegal academic support are among the other allegations.
Wade is accused of making money to a recruit using a joint bank account in his wife’s name, sending text messages to his wife that contradict what he told investigators, and generally refusing to cooperate with the inquiry.
According to ESPN‘s Pete Thamel and Mark Schlabach, “There are implications for the basketball program, football program, the athletic department and the university, as well as for the other schools that remain under investigation for findings made as part of the FBI probe.”
ESPN has more here.