The NCAA says, LSU’s men’s basketball coach, Will Wade offered “impermissible payments” to potential recruits. ESPN got their dirty paws on some documents and what do you know? They start running their mouth.
The documents say Wade “arranged for, offered and/or provided impermissible payments, including cash payments, to at least 11 men’s basketball prospective student-athletes, their family members, individuals associated with the prospects and/or nonscholastic coaches in exchange for the prospects’ enrollment at LSU.”
These allegations could be included with infractions committed by LSU’s football program in order to charge LSU with institutional misconduct.
What the hell is an “impermissible payment”? I thought all payments offered or made to student athletes were impermissible. The NCAA is a bunch of greedy assholes who don’t want to pay student athletes. We all know this. Not only do they not want to pay student athletes, they don’t want anyone else to pay them either. The NCAA thinks they’re “protecting amateurism”. This is a concocted crock of shit. They claim that paying student athletes will distract them from their education. Pure speculation on the NCAA’s part. Even if this baseless claim were true, who cares? If you want to study, then you’ll study. If you don’t want to study, then you won’t study. Money doesn’t have anything to do with it.
“Strong Ass Offer” -Will Wade, FBI Wire Taps
The NCAA wants so desperately not to pay student athletes that they have the FBI doing wire taps! An FBI wiretap caught Will Wade talking to Christian Dawkins back in 2017. Dawkins is a crook who the FBI caught doing bribes with NCAA basketball coaches to get student athletes to sign with his management company when they turn pro.
The wiretap caught Will Wade telling Dawkins, “Alright, I was thinking last night on this Smart thing. Like, I’ll be honest with you, I’m fucking tired of dealing with the thing. Like I’m just fucking sick of dealing with this shit. What do you think? ‘Cause I went to him with a strong ass offer about a month ago.” It appears Will Wade was talking to Dawkins about offering some guy named “Smart” money to play basketball for LSU. Uncoincidentally, there’s a player named “Smart” on LSU’s basketball team, Javonte Smart.
Will Wade Offered “Impermissible Payments”: What Does This Mean?
Somehow Will Wade managed to save his job. LSU suspended Wade right before the NCAA Tournament in 2019, only to reinstate him as the head basketball coach immediately after the Tigers were eliminated. This is thanks to Joe Alleva. This is also part of the reasoning that led LSU to fire Alleva on his ass. Anyway, Will Wade appeared to dodge a bullet, until now.
This new evidence doesn’t look good for Will Wade or LSU. It doesn’t take a genius to recognize that, but how the NCAA will move forward is a bit more complicated.
Will LSU’s Football Team be Included in the Investigations?
LSU’s football team is also under investigation for multiple infractions. LSU got hit with a Level III infraction when Odell Beckham Jr. handed out around $2000 to four players after the Tigers won the National Championship. Ed Orgeron is being investigated for having “impermissible contact” with a potential recruit. Coach “O” says the contact was inadvertent. It’s kind of like when a pass interference flag isn’t thrown because the two players tripped over each other’s feet. The most serious allegation involves former LSU player, Vadal Alexander. Alexander’s father allegedly received $182,000 for a job that he didn’t have to show up for. The problem here is that the guy that gave him the job was an LSU booster.
So, the NCAA is basically launching a RICO case on the entire athletic department. It’s like they want to try us a corrupt organization. Unreal!
It appears as if LSU is ready to sacrifice its basketball program in order to save it’s football program. The Internal Referral Committee (IRC) will determine if the Independent Accountability Resolution Process (IARP) handles LSU’s case. LSU’s attorneys will not object to the allegations against its basketball team if the football team is left out.