Talk about a news dump. Late Sunday night, LSU announced its decision on the future of head men’s basketball coach Will Wade.
Wade, who was suspended from the team late in the year amid allegations of recruiting improprieties, has been reinstated. The university revealed the news via press release tonight.
According to LSU Athletics Director Joe Alleva, Wade’s reinstatement comes after he spent Friday meeting 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,” Alleva wrote.
“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.”
— LSU Basketball (@LSUBasketball) April 15, 2019
In his own statement, Wade said he was “humbled and grateful” to be back at LSU.
News: LSU has reinstated Will Wade. Comments from Joe Alleva and Coach Wade. pic.twitter.com/Lf0i2ew5Qg
— Cody Worsham (@CodyWorsham) April 15, 2019
Wade was originally suspended after a Yahoo report alleged that he was caught on wiretap speaking with middleman Christian Dawkins about a “strong-ass offer” for a recruit.
Dawkins has been a centerpiece of the FBI’s ongoing probe into college basketball.
Wade had led LSU to a 25-5 record before his suspension. Under interim head coach Tony Benford, the Tigers reached the Sweet 16 of the East Regional before losing to Michigan State.