Suspicious LSU basketball coach Will Wade issued a statement Thursday morning demanding that he be reinstated as Tiger's head coach.
Wade was suspended by the university indefinitely last Friday after he had not met with school officials recruiting for violations.
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Wade released the following statement:
"This morning I advised President Alexander, Athletic Director Joe Alleva, and the LSU Supervisory Board that I would like to resume my duties as Head Basketball Coach last week When the university decided to put me on administrative leave, I accepted the decision without complaint because I knew she wanted time to reflect on the riots in the media reports, given a week in which circumstances should be taken into account, I should be able to resume my duties.
"I understand that in today's hyperintensive media environment, any organization, especially a public university, is extremely hard to cope with in the face of rumors, leaks and allusions. In that case, the simple truth is that I was laid off on vacation because I made use of my right not to engage in a joint LSU / NCAA interview on exactly the same subject in an upcoming federal criminal procedure in New York in question. My lawyer told the university that it was totally inappropriate for me or anyone to go to an interview under these circumstances.
"Rejecting the interview was a difficult decision for me, as I would like to work with him All parties, especially the LSU To put it bluntly, I have only followed the prudent advice to my constitutional rights to a proper one In view of these facts, I do not believe that it is appropriate to be relieved. We have a great basketball program that consists of outstanding student athletes and top-class trainers, the players who have given everything for this institution, the students and Alumni committed to LSU and fans all over Louisiana and beyond deserve it I want this team to fulfill its destiny I love LSU and everything it stands for What I ask for is the right to do my job while I exercise my constitutional rights, I do not think that's asking too much. " LSU been In the regular 26-5 (16-2 SEC) season, he won the first regular-season SEC title since 2009. The Tigers dominated Vanderbilt to win the title while Wade was suspended and assistant Tony Benford served as interim coach ,
As top seed of the tournament, the LSU will play the winner of the Arkansas-Florida match on Thursday. This game will give a tip on Friday at noon (CST).
Wades suspension returned to an off-hook talks between him and state-sanctioned middleman Christian Dawkins. In the conversations one can hear that Wade refers to a "strong donkey offer" and "the intelligent thing". Talks are likely to relate to LSU freshman Javonte Smart, a Baton Rouge-born man who found the calls intercepted during the same period.
With the status of freshman Javonte Smart still unknown, the LSU basketball team returned to training on Tuesday after a two-day break …
Smart did not play against Vanderbilt and his status for the SEC tournament and beyond It remains unclear. Smart will accompany the team to Nashville, Tennessee, where the tournament takes place.
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Despite calls from critics, including longtime analyst Dick Vitale and USA Today columnist Dan Wolken, that LSU should skip the postseason, school officials have not entertained this thought.
Joe Alleva, director of LSU Athletic, said Wednesday he did not think the controversy should affect the NCAA seeding of the tigers.
"The rules of how to do business should not be," he said. "However, let's remember that everyone in this room is human and could unconsciously take it into account. But they should be guided by the facts of how the team has worked throughout the year.
The LSU is currently expected to be as high as a number two, with an outside chance to reach the # 1 slot when they win the SEC tournament.
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Despite the questions surrounding the LSU men's basketball program, athletic director Joe Alleva said Wednesday the tigers will be emphatic …