Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports
Per LSUSports.net:

Statement of LSU Athletics Director and Vice Chancellor Joe Alleva on the reinstatement of Tiger Basketball Coach Will Wade:

“The LSU Athletics Department today agreed to reinstate Will Wade as head coach of the Tiger basketball program. Coach Wade met Friday with University and NCAA officials. During those meetings, he answered all questions and denied any wrongdoing in connection with recently reported allegations of irregularities in college basketball recruiting.

“The University regrets that Coach Wade did not choose to fulfill his obligations to LSU when he was first asked to do so. However, the seriousness of the allegations and Coach Wade’s prior refusal to refute them could not be ignored without exposing the University and the basketball program to great risk. Protecting LSU and preserving our integrity must always be our first priority.

“Coach Wade's explanations and clarifications offered during the meeting, absent actual evidence of misconduct, satisfy his contractual obligation to LSU. Accordingly, I have recommended that Coach Wade's suspension be lifted and that he should be allowed to resume his coaching responsibilities. President Alexander has accepted this recommendation.”

STATEMENT OF LSU BASKETBALL COACH WILL WADE:

"I am humbled and grateful to be back at LSU. 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 regret the circumstances that prevented me from meeting with the University sooner. I wish I could have addressed these issues when the University first requested a meeting, and I’m grateful they gave me the opportunity to do so last week.

"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. I intend to sit down with my student-athletes and co-workers to explain what has happened during the last 30 days and how I intend for us all to move forward.

“I promise to devote all of my energy into preparing for next season and finishing the job we have started at LSU.”

"Again, I'd like to thank the Board of Supervisors, President Alexander, Athletic Director Joe Alleva, our student-athletes, and our fans for this opportunity."

Filed Under: LSU Basketball

Comments

54 Comments
Holy shite...
Reply1 month
I luv you William
Reply1 month
6R12
220
Is it possible to be happy and pissed at the same time?
Reply1 month
Biggest CYA press release I’ve ever read. Pathetic!
Reply1 month
My body is ready
Reply1 month
LEGEAUX!
Reply1 month
Fire Alleva!!!
Reply1 month
Sorry, fat fingers accidentally down voted. Geaux Tigers!!
1 month
Refresh, upvote, then refresh again
1 month
hit the recruiting trail, or transfer portal
Reply1 month
Mentions BOS first, not F.uck King or Alleva.
Reply1 month
Hallelujah and Amens brothers and sisters
Reply1 month
Very glad to hear this! Unfortunate that the whole shite screwed up the season, but I guess such is life.
Reply1 month
Alleva needs to go. Should have never been suspended at all. Lame press release pretty much blaming Wade for forcing them to suspend him, then making Wade write (done for him by Alleva and lawyers) a statement taking the blame. First Alleva slimed the Duke lacrosse guys, now Wade... Alleva needs to go and FKing with him.
Reply1 month
Now we just need some players for next season.
Reply1 month
Time to go make some strong arse offers.
1 month
frick Yahoo
Reply1 month
Sue Yahoo!
1 month
We may have a team after all! Kavell Bigby Williams was a senior, so he’s gone. Naz Reid will probably be drafted high, so he’s probably gone. Maybe Tremont Waters too. But I think the other 3 are just “testing the waters” and probably will not get drafted, so I feel they will return... Especially after hearing the news of Will Wade returning! New rules allow them to cancel their contract with an agent. Who knows, they may all come back except for Kavell! Geaux Tigers!
Reply1 month
"Protecting LSU and preserving our integrity must always be our first priority." Then we're all waiting for your resignation letter.
Reply1 month
Boom! Hold that Tiger! Welcome home!!!
Reply1 month
I've never seen a situation so f'ed up all around. Don't know how much it would have matter against MSU, but maybe some of the 42 players that have declared for the draft decide to come back.
Reply1 month
I don't think they have all hired agents, so I believe it is possible that the ones who have not hired an agent have the option to come back... Here's to optimism!
1 month
They can come back even if they've hired agents, new rules.
1 month
All can come back except NAZ AND TRAMONT
1 month
Alleva must go
Reply1 month
Boooommmm!
Reply1 month
Popular Stories
logoFollow TigerDroppings for LSU Football News
Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to get the latest updates on LSU Football and Recruiting.

FacebookTwitterInstagram