Former LSU head coach Will Wade hired by McNeese State

FILE - In this March 4, 2020 file photo, LSU coach Will Wade watches the team play Arkansas during an NCAA college basketball game in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  NCAA law enforcement officials say Wade is suspected of offering or providing
After being fired from LSU, Will Wade received another head coaching position. He will take over the program at McNeese State. (AP Photo/Michael Woods, file)

Will Wade is back in men’s college basketball.

The former LSU head coach, once infamous during a federal wiretap discussing a rookie’s “strong offer”, was announced Sunday as the new head coach at McNeese’s staff.

Wade was fired by LSU last year after the university received notice of the charges from the NCAA. The NOA included five Level I violations and one Level II violation.

In August 2020 It is reported by Sportzshala Sports. that the NCAA had information that Wade “arranged, offered, and/or provided improper payments, including cash payments, to at least 11 prospective men’s basketball student-athletes, their families, prospects, and/or coaches , with no education, in exchange for admission of applicants to LSU.

In addition, LSU suspended Wade in 2019 after Sportzshala Sports reported that FBI wiretaps heard the coach openly discussing a “strong offer” for a recruit. The suspension came right before the NCAA tournament. A month later, LSU lifted the suspension and Wade continued to coach the Tigers for three more seasons.

Despite all this, not to mention the long-running NCAA violation case involving Wade, McNeese is invited by the state to lead the program.

“I’m so excited to welcome Coach Wade, his wife Lauren and daughter Caroline to Southwest Louisiana and McNeese,” said Athletic Director Heath Schroyer. “This is a completely different job than three years ago. McNeese Basketball is one of the top professions in the country in terms of single entry leagues. We are funded at the top of the league, we have the best equipment, a passionate fan base and many other benefits built in. I won’t make excuses why we can’t win and win big. Frankly, there is no excuse. The days of celebrating tournament participation at conferences or accepting mediocrity in all of our sports, let alone basketball, are over.”

Wade has nine seasons as head coach: two with Chattanooga, two with VCU and five with LSU. He led VCU to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and won the Atlantic 10 title in 2016. At LSU, Wade’s teams have appeared in three NCAA tournaments and won the SEC regular season title in 2019.

Overall, the 40-year-old Wade has a record of 196-96 as a Division I head coach.

McNeese State fired head coach John Aiken on Wednesday after just two seasons. Aiken had a record of 22-45. McNeese, who competes in the Southland Conference, finished the season 11-23 overall with a 6-12 mark in conference play.


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