On Thursday, Yahoo Sports published a report detailing phone conversations had between LSU head coach Will Wade and Christian Dawkins. Dawkins is a middleman who will serve six months in prison after being caught up in the FBI probe into college hoops.
Yahoo had direct quotes from the calls between Wade and Dawkins. They discuss an “offer” to an LSU recruit.
Money is not directly discussed, per the reports, but it is pretty clearly hinted at based on the report. The player in question may be LSU’s Javonte Smart.
From the report:
A 2017 phone conversation intercepted by the FBI between LSU coach Will Wade and basketball middleman Christian Dawkins features Wade speaking freely about a “strong-ass offer” he made in the recruitment of a prospect, Yahoo Sports has learned.
On part of the call, Wade expresses frustration that a third party affiliated with the recruitment had yet to accept Wade’s “offer.” Instead, a verbal commitment to LSU was being delayed because Wade theorized he hadn’t given the third party a big “enough piece of the pie in the deal” and instead “tilted” the offer toward the player and his mother.
“I was thinking last night on this Smart thing,” Wade said. “I’ll be honest with you, I’m [expletive] tired of dealing with the thing. Like I’m just [expletive] sick of dealing with the [expletive]. Like, this should not be that [expletive] complicated.”
The two also discuss forward Balsa Koprivica, who wound up committing to Florida State.
Moments ago, LSU announced that Will Wade has been suspended.
The decision comes a day ahead of the Tigers’ season finale against Vanderbilt tomorrow.
BREAKING: #LSU has suspended Will Wade, per statement.
— Amie Just (@Amie_Just) March 8, 2019
LSU’s full statement:
LSU issues statement on Will Wade allegations pic.twitter.com/eUGky4BhC5
— Matt Moscona (@MattMoscona) March 8, 2019
Wade’s Tigers have been one of the surprises of the college basketball season. The team is ranked 10th in the country, and is projected as a top four seed in the NCAA Tournament.
It is very unclear whether Wade will be allowed to coach his team when it reaches the Big Dance.