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Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated provided the comments from Wade, who noted he’s informed school president F. King Alexander, athletic director Joe Alleva and the LSU Board of Supervisors of his desire to resume his coaching duties:
Ross Dellenger @RossDellenger
#LSU coach Will Wade releases statement to @SInow https://t.co/vWrKPM9mQ9
Yahoo Sports’ Pat Forde, Pete Thamel and Dan Wetzel reported March 7 that Wade was caught on an FBI wiretap discussing a “strong-ass offer” made for Tigers freshman guard Javonte Smart, then a 4-star prospect, with business manager Christian Dawkins in 2017.
“I was thinking last night on this Smart thing,” Wade told Dawkins. “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.”
The LSU coach made reference to an unnamed third party involved in discussions and said the offer’s structure was likely holding up the situation, according to the Yahoo Sports report.
“The problem was, I know why he didn’t take it now, it was [expletive] tilted toward the family a little bit,” Wade said. “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.”
Javonte Smart @JavonteSmart
I all I ever did was wanna hoop … my fam counting on me ❤️only god knows ✊🏽ripmydaddy
Assistant Tony Benford has coached LSU on an interim basis during Wade’s absence.
LSU, the top seed in the SEC tournament and the ninth-ranked team in the country, will play either the Florida Gators or Arkansas Razorbacks in Friday’s quarterfinals.