Fans, students react to news of Will Wade suspension
BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Many fans and students are reacting to the news of the suspension of LSU’s head basketball coach, Will Wade.
- LSU suspends basketball head coach Will Wade following Yahoo Sports report
- FBI records Will Wade recruiting conversation, ‘offer’ discussed
A small group of students gathered in front of the LSU ticket office Friday afternoon holding signs with phrases such as “Free Will Wade” and “I Will Wade for you” among others.
Wade was suspended indefinitely Friday, Mar. 8 after the FBI recorded a conversation between Wade and “recruiting middleman” Christian Dawkins, according to report by Yahoo.com released Thursday.
The report stated on the call, Wade was frustrated with Dawkins because a recruit had yet to accept an “offer”:
“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.”
Dawkins has been on several FBI wiretaps between the spring and summer of 2017.
Dan Wolken, a USA Today sports columnist, says the school’s decision to suspend Wade was to be expected, but he added the school should go one step further and fire him.
"There’s no doubt, I mean, it’s a major blow because it’s really the most direct evidence yet that we’ve had in this whole thing that the head coach of a program was potentially involved in a financial transaction and that’s just not a very good place to be,” he said.
Wolken went as far to say the school needs to self-impose a post season ban and skip the tournament this year.
“In order to send the strongest message possible that you’re not going to tolerate this, that you’re serious about compliance with NCAA rules, and frankly that you don’t want this investigation to spread to other things, you want to contain it just to basketball,” Wolken said. “I would sacrifice this season and fire the coach and just start with a clean slate next year if you feel like this is going to get really bad and I think the first crack in the dam yesterday suggests it might get really bad."
As far as LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva, Wolken says Alleva might be on the chopping block as well.
“I don’t think it’s very good,” he said. “I don’t think Will Wade is probably going to be the coach there for very much longer, if at all. I don’t know if he’ll ever coach a game again for LSU. Joe Alleva, somebody who has had some missteps, probably not going to be there long-term anyway under the best of circumstances. Does he survive all of this? That’s an interesting question.”
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