LSU Should NOT Have Suspended Will Wade

The news of the FBI investigation into LSU came as a shock to all of us. You can read the full wire tap transcript here, but basically what happened was LSU got caught arranging a payment to Javonte Smart and they suspended head coach Will Wade indefinitely. My only thoughts when I heard of the suspension was:

Oh no, baby, what is you doin?

Never under any circumstance do you let the NCAA think that you are accepting any guilt. Obviously, LSU is dealing with the FBI first, but they need to keep the NCAA in mind. They are the ones that can gut the program down to its bones. The FBI can arrest people and fine the program, but only the NCAA can shut it down entirely. They need to treat an NCAA investigation the same way fraternities treat hazing allegations: deny, deny, deny.

There are two ways they can go about this and they have very different outcomes. First is the North Carolina way. They were accused of academic misconduct and the NCAA had mountains of evidence. UNC basically just told them to go f*** themselves, did not comply and got off scot-free.

Then there is the Louisville way which is what LSU did. They were accused of an infraction and immediately self-imposed a penalty. Implying guilt. You don’t punish yourself just because someone THINKS you did something. Some programs will do this, because they think the NCAA will go easier on them. This could not be further from the truth. There is no case where a self-imposed penalty has helped any program.

Louisville self-imposed a post season ban and they still got their title taken away. Nothing good can come of telling the NCAA you are guilty. Give them an inch and they take a mile. Basically, the NCAA is so incompetent, they need a confession before they make a final ruling. LSU should not have given it to them.

Don’t think I’m right? Tell me how Sean Miller still has a job.

After all, if LSU would have just waited two days, their case would have been forgotten about, because Aunt Becky’s kid was too dumb for college. Read about the latest NCAA scandal here.

LSU Suspends Head Coach Will Wade Indefinitely

On Friday, LSU basketball announced that they would suspend head coach Will Wade indefinitely after a phone conversation between Wade and Christian Dawkins, a basketball middleman, that had been tapped by the FBI back in 2017. The conversation went as follows:

“I was thinking last night on this Smart thing,” Wade said. “I’ll be honest with you, I’m [expletive] tired of dealing with the thing. Like I’m just [expletive] sick of dealing with the [expletive]. Like, this should not be that [expletive] complicated.”

With no elaboration on Javonte Smart, who is now a freshman stud at LSU.

“Dude,” Wade continued to Dawkins, referring to the third party involved in the recruitment, “I went to him with a [expletive] strong-ass offer about a month ago. [Expletive] strong.

“The problem was, I know why he didn’t take it now, it was [expletive] tilted toward the family a little bit,” Wade continued. “It was tilted toward taking care of the mom, taking care of the kid. Like it was tilted towards that. Now I know for a fact he didn’t explain everything to the mom. I know now, he didn’t get enough of the piece of the pie in the deal.”

Dawkins responded by saying, “Hmmmm.”

“It was a [expletive] hell of a [expletive] offer,” Wade continued. “Hell of an offer.”

“OK,” Dawkins said.

“Especially for a kid who is going to be a two- or three-year kid,” Wade said.

The FBI also cited many other coaches in this including Bruce Pearl, Auburn, and Sean Miller, Arizona.

What really sucks about this whole thing is this might be the best LSU team since Shaq was there. As an LSU fan, this might be the first year since I was alive that I feel like we have a legitimate chance to make a deep run in the tournament (at least more than when we had Big Baby, Tyrus Thomas, and Marcus Thornton).

All of that being said, LSU did the right thing. It was obvious that they had fault and that there was a clear issue coming from Wade. So for them to be the first to lay the hammer down was incredibly smart. I think that’s a consensus amongst everyone. The SEC made a statement that they supported LSU and the basketball program in this.

It’s going to be interesting to see how this young LSU team deals with this, and see if they can adapt. I hope they can, but it’ll be very hard. Will Wade was a stellar coach and was a great leader.

This brings the question of whether college programs should be able to pay their players and allow them to profit off their likeness. However, that is a question for another day.

-Parmesan Don