LSU Suspends Basketball Coach Will Wade Indefinitely
LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva and LSU President F. King Alexander have released a joint statement, suspending LSU Head Men's Basketball Coach Will Wade.
The moves comes as the Coach's name has been caught up in an FBI investigation into illegal recruiting. Including possible payment to recruits. Yahoo Sports and ESPN have been quoting FBI wiretap conversations that Wade reportedly had with recruiting "middleman" Christian Dawkins.
The statement from LSU says:
“Recent media reports regarding Coach Will Wade are without question concerning to all of us. As such, we and university officials have taken deliberate and purposeful steps to fairly assess and adequately address this situation. As we have done since media reports first surfaced months ago, we are closely coordinating with the NCAA with every step. They have our full cooperation and we will continue to report to them all facts and information on this matter.
All of us at LSU share the obligation to protect the integrity of this institution, as such we have suspended Head Coach Will Wade indefinitely until such time as we can ensure full compliance with the NCAA, as well as institutional policies and standards. Assistant coach Tony Benford will assume the duties of interim head coach.”
LSU is set to take on Vanderbilt tomorrow.