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A new HBO documentary titled "The Scheme" involving the FBI's investigation into basketball middleman Christian Dawkins features a wiretapped phone call with LSU coach Will Wade.

During that call, Wade discusses a "strong-ass offer" regarding a "Smart thing" back in June of 2017.

The audio in the documentary, which aired Tuesday night, is the first time that these wiretapped conversations have been played publicly.

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Why not just disband the NCAA? We all know this happens everywhere, they just pick a school every once in awhile to make an example of. What a joke they are.
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A strong offer for tuition, room & board, and a meal ticket?
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Lol
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ostrich
2 months
I'm glad we finally found a coach that will do it like all the other coaches that win big.
Reply2 months
You’re right about that. Plenty of these types of coaches on the football staff and you all are winning championships. now you’ve got one on the b-ball staff, let’s see if you get the same results.
2 months
That's it? Are you kidding me? They sound like there joking
Reply2 months
Nothing about specifics is mentioned so therefore it is left to interpretation. Strong arse offer could mean anything.
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I've been all Will Wade the whole time and still hope he weathers this, but there's more here than just interpretation. He uses the word "compensate" and says that we could compensate them more than the rookie minimum and more than the D-league. I mean ...
2 months
Yeah, college sports are corrupt as frick and not shocking that LSU is just like every other university. The whole system needs to be torn down and rebuilt...pay the players.
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To hell with that. Perhaps you aren’t old enough to know, perhaps you are just too stupid. Paying for a kid’s education at a state school is “quite” an investment. Most parents would absolutely cherish an opportunity to send their child to a university for free. They are getting a hell of an opportunity for free...They get what you and I pay dearly for, and if they are good enough they get to get paid when they get out
2 months
schools already pay the players. They get free tuition, room and board, the use of billions of dollars worth of facilities, massive TV exposure under a massively-valuable university and conference brand, elite coaching, the chance to make extremely valuable contacts for future opportunities, etc. All of that is worth a shit-ton of money.
2 months
The NCAA already heard this recording, this is all old news to the investigation.
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Wow, obviously, there's a lot going on than meets the eye. There's so much corruption in college sports, i guess, unless you have an actual hand-off of money or items, you have nothing, nothing but a conversation, even worse, or better, you may have a case of entrapment. And thus, Will Wade remains the enigmatic LSU coach.
Reply2 months
That's awful for WW
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LSU athletic director Scott Woodward's statement on "The Scheme:" “We are aware of the documentary first aired on March 31, 2020, on HBO. There is no change to Coach Will Wade’s employment status at LSU STTDB
2 months
seconded. STTDB.
2 months
Play neck!
2 months
I see no issue. The deal he speaks of is tuition, room and board. Boom. Geaux Tigers.
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sure it is
2 months
As long as there's nothing else, there's not enough on that tape to convict him of anything.
Reply2 months
Did he do it, yes. Is there enough to find him guilty in a court of NCAA? That's the question. But that conversation sounds terrible, lol.
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Someone needs to send WW a DVD of season 1 of the wire... BUY A BURNER PHONE WILL
Reply2 months
Though he said nothing wrong to me.....never, ever say anything open to interpretation over the phone
2 months
Ruh roh
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It’s obvious what he’s talking about, anyone that says otherwise is just using semantics. However, we all know this goes on at every major school, in every major conference, in every major sport. I know saying “everyone does it” is just as poor of an argument as “he didn’t specify”, but common sense tells you that this is something that has and will go on as long as college sports remains instituted the way it always has been.
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Nothing to see here, MOVING ON! Signed Matt Moscona
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opinion has not changed at all..no idea if they are talking about directly or indirectly PAYING a player here. NONE.
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lol. Every coach in America may be doing the exact same thing Wade is talking about here, but that just means they are all cheaters.
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Not "may be doing the exact same thing", every coach on the P5 level in football and basketball is absolutely 100% paying players directly or indirectly.
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Basketball wont be played again, so there is that.
Reply2 months
I don't know what it is about this guy but I fricking love Will Wade. I want him to be the LSU basketball coach until he retires from coaching.
Reply2 months
"Will Wade is a gangsta...If you ain't paying kids, you really don't care about them." This documentary displayed the full hypocrisy of the NCAA rules. I'm all for fair competition but there has to be a middle ground somewhere...
2 months
Leave it alone. It's over!
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