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NCAA: Will Wade offered or made impermissible payments to 11 recruits

If the audio of him making a “strong-ass offer” for Javonte Smart wasn’t indication enough, the NCAA has uncovered more evidence that shows Will Wade paid players to come to LSU.

ESPN’s Mark Schlabach has documents from the NCAA that show that Wade arranged or offered “impermissible payments” to AT LEAST 11 prospects or those around them.

The documents say the NCAA’s enforcement staff received information that 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.”

The documents are part of the NCAA enforcement staff’s request for LSU’s review to be handled through the Independent Accountability Resolution Process (IARP), which was formed for complex cases.

“Many of those factors are triggered by the actions of Will Wade, head men’s basketball coach at Louisiana State University,” NCAA vice president of enforcement Jonathan Duncan wrote in the request. “Some of his underlying actions gave rise to this case and his tactics during the investigation have delayed resolution dramatically. He is employed in a leadership position at LSU, yet the institution has been unable to secure his full cooperation and is accountable for his behavior.”

Earlier this year, the audio of Wade making former agent turned runner Christian Dawkins the famous “strong-ass offer” for Smart was included in the HBO documentary The Scheme.

“I was thinking last night on this Smart thing,” Wade told Dawkins in the audio clip. “I’ll be honest with you, I’m f***ing tired of dealing with the thing. Like I’m just f***ing sick of dealing with this s**t. … What do you think? Because I went to him with a f***ing strong-ass offer about a month ago. F***ing strong.

“The problem was, I know why he didn’t take it now, it was f***ing tilted towards the family a little bit,” Wade continued in the video. “But I mean it was a f***ing hell of a f***ing offer. Like, hell of an offer. Especially for a kid who is going to be a two or three-year kid. I’ve made deals for as good a players as hm that were f***ing a lot simpler than this.”


Wade remains LSU’s head coach, despite a temporary suspension back in March 2019. In October 2018, he even told reporters he was surprised his name came up during the FBI’s investigation and claimed he had “never, ever done business” with Dawkins. In the documentary, Dawkins just tipped his hat to Wade for getting away with it all thus far.

“Just the audacity. You’ve got to take your hat off to him, man,” Dawkins said. “He not only didn’t get charged for anything, not only did the government have all of this information and evidence and nothing was happening on a criminal level, he also basically just said f— you to the NCAA and the university he worked for … and he still got to keep his job and make millions of dollars. It’s like the perfect storm.

“Will Wade is definitely a f—ing gangster for what he did.”

We’ll see what happens next.


Article written by Mrs. Tyler Thompson

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22 Comments for NCAA: Will Wade offered or made impermissible payments to 11 recruits

  1. VilleCat11
    11:08 am August 26, 2020 Permalink

    And he still has a job

    • Buttered Popcorn
      11:20 am August 26, 2020 Permalink

      My first thought as well

  2. bbn606
    11:21 am August 26, 2020 Permalink

    So far he has been the Teflon man. It will be interesting to see what happens now.

    • Bluebloodtoo
      11:30 am August 26, 2020 Permalink

      11 recruits? That sounds like some evidence….

  3. T-Town Cat
    11:43 am August 26, 2020 Permalink

    This quote “LSU…the institution…is accountable for his behavior.” LSU won’t be able to get out of this by just suspending or firing Wade. They could be facing years of sanctions.

  4. mashman 93
    11:54 am August 26, 2020 Permalink

    They have to fire him now don’t they?

  5. UKBigBlueForever
    12:11 pm August 26, 2020 Permalink

    Wow. What a scumbag

  6. BobbyBlue
    12:24 pm August 26, 2020 Permalink

    Meanwhile crooked Emmert has given eligibility to the big center transfer,that Wade badly needed, while letting Sarr swing in the wind .
    Emmert should be fired and soon is not quick enough. Wonder how much Wade has given to Emmert ??

  7. runningunnin.454
    12:31 pm August 26, 2020 Permalink

    Yep, and Javonte Smart has withdrawn twice from the NBA draft, and is planning to play for LSU this next season (if it happens). Maybe he was afraid he would be taking a pay cut.

  8. peaches76
    1:04 pm August 26, 2020 Permalink

    This case doesn’t sound so complex to me… not sure why the independent investigation would be necessary

  9. The Professor
    1:10 pm August 26, 2020 Permalink

    The hammer should fall on LSU for not firing him early on when they knew he was dirty. He will likely get a 5-10 year “show cause” ending his college coaching career.

  10. Miller45
    1:55 pm August 26, 2020 Permalink

    Always thought he was a weasel even at vcu

  11. Trinity45
    1:58 pm August 26, 2020 Permalink

    When are they ever going to uncover Duke for this stuff, you know it is happening.

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      4:25 pm August 26, 2020 Permalink

      Don’t hold your breath. Wade is probably also Kount K’s long lost son and that’s why he’s still employed.

  12. BallDontLie
    2:04 pm August 26, 2020 Permalink

    Hard to take college athletics seriously until they stop lying to us and themselves about what this really is. No reason he should have been allowed to return to LSU after his suspension. Always money over ethics. Such a farce.

  13. Lip Man 1
    2:08 pm August 26, 2020 Permalink

    At some point the hammer is going to drop.

    • peaches76
      3:24 pm August 26, 2020 Permalink

      Maybe will wade should call Daryl isaacs?

    • chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door
      4:26 pm August 26, 2020 Permalink

      I thought it would also but I’m beginning to wonder after all this time.

  14. grammarpoliceUK
    4:01 pm August 26, 2020 Permalink

    As long as Duke is doing it and everyone knows, it will be considered OK by the NCAA!

  15. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    5:14 pm August 26, 2020 Permalink

    This is what happens when Kansas is caught cheating, they find the closest school that also cheated and lay the boom. See UNC/Duke vs UofL/NCST