LSU has suspended men's basketball coach Will Wade "indefinitely" after reports Wade can be heard on a wiretap discussing offers to a recruit.
In announcing the suspension, LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva said, "Recent media reports regarding Coach Will Wade are without questions concerning to all of us. As such, we and university officials have taken deliberate and purposeful steps to fairly assess and adequately address this situation."
Alexander and Alleva say they are closely coordinating with the NCAA and they have "our full cooperation".
ESPN reports the FBI has wiretaps of Wade discussing an offer for a recruit in 2017 with business manager Christian Dawkins, who was just sentenced to sixth months in prison for participating in a scheme to pay recruits to attend Adidas-backed schools. The calls are reportedly about securing the commitment of LSU guard Javonte Smart, a freshman averaging 11.5 points per game for the Tigers this season.
The 10th-ranked Tigers are 25-5 on the season and tied with Tennessee for first in the SEC.
Assistant coach Tony Benford will serve as interim head coach during Wade's suspension.
SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey released a statement supporting LSU's decision.
"The information in recent news reports is very disturbing, if true," said Sankey. "Considering the existing circumstances, LSU has taken appropriate action today while the investigation continues. The SEC serves in an advisory role with our institutions in NCAA compliance issues and the Conference Office will continue to assist LSU as it moves forward in this matter.”
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