LSU fires Will Wade, issues Notice of Allegations against men’s basketball program

LSU fired men’s basketball coach Will Wade and released the Notice of Allegations he received from the NCAA earlier this month. CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein broke the news, which was confirmed by Sports Illustrated before LSU’s announcement.

Rothstein reports that Kevin Nickelberry will be the interim head coach for the Tigers.

LSU President William F. Tate IV and Director of Athletics Scott Woodward confirmed the news in a letter to fans released Saturday.

“Today we advised Will Wade that he was terminated for cause, pursuant to the terms of his amended employment contract as head coach of men’s basketball at LSU,” Tate said. “Bill Armstrong was also fired as an associate head coach.

“For more than four years, the University has patiently allowed the NCAA investigative process to unfold, working in conjunction with NCAA law enforcement personnel and, subsequently, the unit Complex Cases (CCU), to ensure that the evidence gathered was as complete and fair as possible. possible. All the while, the University and its men’s basketball program have operated under an exhausting veil of negativity.

Wade had a tumultuous tenure in Baton Rouge. He was hired in 2017 after three years at the helm of VCU and was on course to play in his third NCAA Tournament in four occasions this year. However, he was also under investigation throughout his tenure, amid the FBI’s crackdown on college basketball corruption.

The FBI has a tape of Wade and former Adidas consultant Christian Dawkins discussing a financial offer to a rookie in 2017, which was reported by Yahoo Sports in 2019.

Earlier this week, SI’s Pat Forde reported that LSU had received a Notice of Allegations for its role in the corruption case. LSU suspended Wade in March 2019, but the school reinstated him the following month after agreeing to a modified contract.

According to Dellenger, part of these amendments gives LSU the ability to terminate Wade with cause if he is found to have committed multiple Level I or Level II violations.

According to Dellenger, Wade is cited for five Level I violations in the Notice of Allegations.

According to Forde and Dellenger, the basketball investigation could continue for up to a year.

LSU’s football program was also the subject of the investigation. Between the two programs, the school was cited for eight different Level I violations.

This is breaking news and will be updated as it develops.

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