LSU basketball coach Will Wade repeatedly dodged questions surrounding his March suspension — and later reinstatement — during a Tuesday press conference in Destin, Fla.
Wade was suspended from LSU back in March after he was reportedly caught on an FBI wiretap discussing a “strong-ass” offer to current LSU guard Javonte Smart.
However, Wade was reinstated about a month later. When he was asked directly about the “offer” on Tuesday, he referred to a meeting with LSU and the NCAA that resulted in his reinstatement.
That was status quo for Wade for the duration of this press conference. He was also asked directly if money had ever changed hands between LSU’s staff and a potential recruit.
“Everything you can think of was addressed in the meeting with LSU and the NCAA,” he said.
Wade’s only show of remorse came when referencing that meeting with LSU and the NCAA. He says he wished they could have found a way to get together more quickly, and he took the blame for how things played out.
The process of Wade’s suspension didn’t seem to impact LSU in March. The Tigers earned a 3-seed and took care of business against 14-seeded Yale and 6-seed Maryland. LSU did fall to 2-seeded Michigan State in the Sweet 16, 80-63.
Wade also insisted his staff was continuing to recruit aggressively. LSU currently has the No. 7 class in the SEC according to 247Sports Composite rankings, including a signature from 5-star forward Trendon Watford.
LSU did get good news earlier this week, as Marlon Taylor and Skylar Mays announced they are returning to school after testing the NBA draft waters.
Here’s the full press conference, courtesy of Amie Just: