LSU decision on embattled coach 'unlikely' for Friday
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LSU coach Will Wade met with NCAA officials on Friday amid his ongoing suspension, but a decision on his long-term future was not expected to be imminent.
"It is unlikely LSU makes any decisions today regarding Coach Wade," a school spokesperson said in a statement published by ESPN.
Wade, 36, was suspended after Yahoo Sports reported details about an alleged 2017 conversation between Wade and basketball middleman Christian Dawkins involving the recruitment of LSU guard Javonte Smart.
Yahoo Sports, referencing a tape, wrote that a discuss between the two shows Wade's frustrations over a "Smart thing," with the coach allegedly saying he was "sick of dealing" with it, and that it should not be all that "complicated."
"The problem was, I know why he didn't take it now, it was (expletive) tilted toward the family a little bit," Wade said, according to the report. "It was tilted toward taking care of the mom, taking care of the kid. Like it was tilted towards that. Now I know for a fact he didn't explain everything to the mom. I know now, he didn't get enough of the piece of the pie in the deal."
LSU went to the NCAA Tournament under interim coach Tony Benford and lost to Michigan State 80-63 in the Sweet 16. Smart, a freshman this season, declared for the NBA draft on Thursday.
Wade has a 43-20 record after two seasons in Baton Rouge. Including two seasons apiece as the head coach at Chattanooga and VCU, he has an overall 134-65 mark.