LSU has decided to reinstate men's basketball coach Will Wade, who was suspended March 8 for refusing to meet with school officials regarding alleged recruiting irregularities.
After meeting Friday with Wade and NCAA compliance officials, LSU Athletics Director and Vice Chancellor Joe Alleva determined that Wade did not violate his contract and could continue to coach the Tigers next season.
"During those meetings, he answered all questions and denied any wrongdoing in connection with recently reported allegations of irregularities in college basketball recruiting," Alleva said in a statement.
Wade was allegedly caught on FBI wiretap discussing an offer for then-recruit Javonte Smart. He was suspended before LSU's final regular-season game against Vanderbilt and then missed the SEC tournament and the Tigers' three NCAA tournament games.
Coach Will Wade led LSU to a 26-6 record this season before he was suspended before the team's final regular-season game. (Photo: Kim Klement, USA TODAY Sports)
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"I am humbled and grateful to be back at LSU," Wade said in a statement. "I would like to express my appreciation to President F. King Alexander and Athletic Director Joe Alleva for my reinstatement, and I sincerely apologize to the university and our fans for the disruption to the University and the program.
"I completely understand that without my denying or explaining the media reports accusing me of wrongdoing LSU was left with no choice but to suspend me until I was willing and able to meet with them. Any other course of action would have put the program and the University at risk.
"I look forward to re-joining the team right away."
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