Suspended LSU Tigers coach Will Wade released a statement to Sports Illustrated, stating he would like to return to be with the program immediately.
— Ross Dellenger (@RossDellenger) March 14, 2019
“This morning, I advised President Alexander, Athletic Director Joe Alleva and the LSU Board of Supervisors I would like to resume my duties as Head Coach,” Wade statement began.
As you can tell from the Dellenger screen shot of the statement, Wade says he originally didn’t do any interviews at the advice of his lawyers. Furthermore, the largest take from this is that he doesn’t believe he should be relieved from his position, inferring at least he believes there is a chance the LSU Tigers will eventually fire him completely.
“I understand that in today’s hyper-intense media environment it is extremely difficult for any organization, particularly a public university, to stand firm in the face of rumors, leaks and innuendo. In this case, the simple truth is I have been placed on leave because I exercised my right not to submit to a joint LSU/NCAA interview on the exact same subject matter at issue in an impending federal criminal trial in New York. My legal counsel advised the University that it would be wholly inappropriate for me, or anyone, to submit to an interview under these circumstances.”
“Declining to be interviewed was a difficult decision for me, as I would like to cooperate fully with all parties, particularly LSU. To be clear, however, all I’ve done is follow the prudent advice of counsel to exercise my constitutional rights to due process. Given these facts, I don’t believe it is appropriate for me to be relieved of my duties. We have a great basketball program made up of excellent student athletes and quality coaches. The players who’ve given their all for this institution, the students and alumni who are devoted to LSU, and fans all across Louisiana and beyond deserve to see this team fulfill its destiny. I love LSU and everything it stands for. What I’m asking for is the right to do my job while exercising my constitutional rights. I don’t think that’s too much to ask.”
Now that a statement has come out from Will Wade, it will be interesting to see if the school does anything.
As for the LSU Tigers, from a basketball standpoint, the Selection Committee recently admitted it was viewing the team’s resume with a slightly differently lens than some other schools, as it might not be with its actual head coach come the Big Dance.
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