Following the announcement that LSU has parted ways with head coach Will Wade, first reported by CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein, the full details came out. In a document acquired by Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellinger, the Notice of Allegations against Will Wade showed at least four Level 1 violations over his tenure.
Stadium’s Jeff Goodman reported earlier Saturday that the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations included violations which were too severe to retain him through the investigation. Under NCAA rules, if Level 1 or Level 2 violations are found, the school can terminate without penalty.
Will Wade went 105-51 over five seasons as LSU, taking the job after two successful seasons at VCU. He made two NCAA Tournament appearances and was set to lead the Tigers to a third this season.
Details from NCAA Notice of Allegations
Within the Notice of Allegations documents acquitted by Sports Illustrated, details of four Level 1 violations by Will Wade were detailed. Below are quotes from the official papers sent from the NCAA to LSU regarding its investigation.
“It is alleged that… Will Wade, head men’s basketball coach, violated the principles of ethical conduct and/or offered impermissible recruiting inducements in the form of cash payments and job offers,” the document reads in multiple instances.
The first and most publicly known incident at LSU featured a “strong-ass offer” to a recruit. The details of a wiretapped conversation between Will Wade and convicted felon Christian Dawkins were provided in the Notice of Allegations.
Three other Level 1 violations are included in the publicly released section of the document.
“It is alleged that, in April 2018… (redacted) was a friend of (redacted)’s family and told Wade that he, (redacted)’s mother and (redacted) would “make the decision on where he goes,” the document reads. “Wade directed that payments be made to (redacted) from a bank account in the name of Wade’s spouse that Wade and his spouse treated as a joint account.”
Wade replaced Johnny Jones, who only made one appearance in the NCAA Tournament during a five-year stretch and restores LSU on the court. However, these continued violations over the course of several years reveal what happened off the floor.
“Wade agreed to send money to (redacted), the former fiancée of former student-athlete (redacted), to keep quiet about Wade’s payments to student-athletes.”
Wade is not the only LSU staff member mentioned, with assistant Bill Armstong receiving a mention for his involvement in an incident where LSU paid $300,000.
“Bill Armstrong, assistant men’s basketball coach, with the knowledge of Will Wade, head men’s basketball coach, violated the principles of ethical conduct and/or provided impermissible recruiting inducements in the form of cash payments, a job offer, lodging, impermissible academic assistance, a scholarship, and assistance securing visas to then men’s basketball prospective student-athlete (redacted).