LSU Trainer Will Wade says he should also be able to become a coach if he refuses to discuss his relationship with convicted middleman Christian Dawkins until the federal government closes its investigation into college basketball corruption.
"Last week, when the university decided to put me on administrative leave, I accepted the decision without complaint, knowing it took time to reflect on the riots in the media reports," Wade said in a statement , "I think University officials should give me one week to consider the circumstances and I should go about my work."
His request comes a day after the appearance of a letter sent by Wade's lawyer Michael G. McGovern in New York to the LSU Chancellor, F. King Alexander, Sports Director Joe Alleva and others.
It states: "Upon completion of the pending [Southern District of New York] criminal investigation, Coach Wade will be pleased to meet with you and LSU's Board of Supervisors." to answer all your questions. Wade's unwillingness to discuss what he has said to Dawkins in telephone conversations intercepted by FBI interception signals probably means that he will not attend the SEC tournament this week or any of the No. 9 Tigers & # 39 ; Games in the upcoming NCAA tournament.
The LSU confirmed this in a statement by its Vice President for Legal Affairs and General Counsel.
"Coach Will Wade has not denied us or the public a wrongdoing," Thomas Skinner said, "If so If this is not the case, the university is in a very difficult position to meet NCAA requirements, and until Coach Wade discusses it with the university administration, it remains suspended. There is a constant offer for him and his lawyers to meet representatives of the LSU
LSU officials suspended Wade and appointed Tony Benford as interim coach on Friday after Wade refused to publish reports of his involvement in alleged pay -for-play shops to discuss.
"In this case, I was on leave for the simple truth, because I exercised my right not to go to a joint LSU / NCAA interview on exactly the same topic in an upcoming federal criminal procedure in New York," said Wade in the explanation. "My lawyer advised the university that it would be totally inappropriate for me or anyone to go to an interview under these circumstances."
Last week, ESPN and Yahoo Sports reported in one of FBI's intercepted phone calls. Wade expressed his frustration at not being able to shut down what he calls a "tough ass" recruiting job.
According to those familiar with the calls, Wade was frustrated with a handler from the current LSU guard Javonte Smart, then became a top-50 recruit from Baton Rouge.
Smart did not play LSU's 80-59 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday night, which reached the SEC's regular season title for the Tigers. His status for the postseason remains unclear.
"I was thinking about this smart thing last night," said Wade during a call to Dawkins. "I'll be honest with you, I'm tired of [expletive] dealing with the matter as if I'm just sick of [expletive] dealing with the s ̵
" Dude, "Wade continued during the call," I went [the handler] with a strong bid of [expletive] about a month ago. [Expletive] strong.
"The problem was, I He knows why he did not take it now. It was inclined [expletive] something to the family. It was tempting to take care of the mother, to take care of the boy. As if it were geared to it. Now I know for sure that he did not explain everything to his mother. I know now, he did not get enough of the piece of cake.
"It was an offer of hell from 19459008 [expletive] .A hell offer, especially for a child." who will be a two or three year old child.
In another phone conversation with Dawkins, Wade joked that the player would be compensated more than the "beginner minimum".
Wade told Dawkins that he had offers for "as good a player as him" Dawkins lawyer Steven Haney told ESPN he plans to testify to Wade, Sean Miller of Arizona and possibly other coaches in a federal criminal case on April 22 in New York. Dawkins and former Adidas consultant Merl Code are accused of bribing assistant coaches to get their players to join Dawkins' young sports agency as soon as they become a pro.
"Rejecting the interrogation It was a difficult decision for me, as I would like to cooperate with all parties, especially the LSU, "Wade concluded in his statement, and to put it bluntly, I have only the prudent advice of a lawyer to exercise my constitutional rights to a due process. In light of these facts, I do not believe that it is appropriate for me to be released from my duties. 19659002] "We have a great basketball program, made up of excellent student athletes and top-notch trainers, the players who have given everything to this institution, to the students and alumni who are committed to LSU, and to fans across Louisiana and beyond I love LSU and everything it stands for, what I demand is the right to do my job while I exercise my constitutional rights, I do not think that's asking too much . "