The stalemate between suspended LSU basketball coach Will Wade and university officials is drawing to a close, as the two parties are scheduled to meet on Friday (April 12).
“I can confirm there is a meeting scheduled tomorrow with Coach Wade, LSU officials and the NCAA within the parameters LSU first requested in early March," LSU senior associate athletic director Robert Munson said in a statement to Sports Illustrated on Thursday (April 11). "University officials have made clear their expectation for full cooperation and transparency in this first step in a process toward resolution.”
Wade, as of April 11, has been suspended for 34 days — since March 8 — after media reports detailed a wiretapped conversation between Wade and former Adidas consultant Christian Dawkins. The conversation recorded by the FBI that includes Wade openly speaking about a “strong-ass offer” he made in the recruitment of current LSU guard Javonte Smart in 2017.
Smart, who declared for the NBA Draft on Thursday, was sidelined for the regular season finale in “an abundance of caution" while LSU and NCAA investigators conducted a joint query into the situation. Smart was cleared for the SEC and NCAA Tournaments.
Wade has not responded for a request for comment regarding this report or other previous reports regarding a potential meeting. The last public statement Wade made to media members was nearly a month ago on March 14 when he made a public appeal to resume coaching duties.