McNeese State coach Will Wade gets 10-game suspension, 2-year show case for LSU violations | Zagsblog
Recent Posts
About ZagsBlog
Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Follow Zags on Twitter
Couldn't connect with Twitter
Contact Zags
Connect with Zags:
Tuesday / April 23.
  • McNeese State coach Will Wade gets 10-game suspension, 2-year show case for LSU violations

    Share Zagsblog Share Zagsblog
    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    The NCAA punishment has dropped on Will Wade for his recruiting violations at LSU and it will impact him at his new job.

    Wade has received a 10-game suspension and two-year show-cause order from the NCAA’s Independent Accountability Resolution Panel, released Thursday morning by the IARP.

    Wade received a five-game suspension and one-year show-cause from McNeese State University when hired back in March. This 10-game suspension will replace the previous five game penalty.

    LSU fired Wade in March 2012 after the NCAA delivered a Notice of Allegations charging LSU with eight Level 1 violations, considered the most serious, including seven connected to the basketball program. One Level 1 violation included a “failure to exercise institutional control and monitor …its football and men’s basketball programs.”

    In taped calls depicted in the two-hour HBO documentary “The Scheme,” Wade discussed with Christian Dawkins, a runner in the basketball world and want-to-be-agent, in colorful language the recruitment of players Naz Reid, Nassir Little and Javonte Smart.

    “I went to him with a [expletive] strong-ass offer about a month ago,” Wade said in the call, first reported March 7, 2019, referring to Smart. “[Expletive] strong. It was a helluva [expletive] offer.”

    “I think the only way you can interpret someone in a head coaching position saying that they made a strong-ass offer, they ain’t talking about a scholarship offer, bro,” Dawkins said in the film. “One-hundred percent talking about money.”

    McNeese State hired Wade in March.

    “We accept and respect today’s decision by the IARP in regards to Coach Wade,” said McNeese Director of Athletics Heath Schroyer. “We are all happy this is finally behind us and we have clarity moving forward.

    “We have been proactive from the beginning in respecting the NCAA’s process and in regards to protecting the integrity of our institution. That will not change moving forward.

    “The enthusiasm around this program is at an all-time high and we are all excited about the future of McNeese Basketball with coach (Wade) leading the way.”

    The Wade fallout comes one day after the NCAA handed Memphis coach Penny Hardaway a three-game suspension for recruiting violations.

    (Photo via McNeese State)

    Follow Adam Zagoria on Twitter

    Follow ZAGSBLOGHoops on Instagram

    And Like ZAGS on Facebook

    Written by

    [email protected]

    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

  • } });
    X