Tue. Nov 30th, 2021

LSU men’s basketball coach Will Wade had an interview last week that stretched over two days to answer questions related to the NCAA investigation of his program, sources tell Sports Illustrated. The interview is a significant step toward finalizing that inquiry and ultimately issuing a notice of allegations (NOA) to the school.

Representatives of the Complex Case Unit, the investigative arm of the Independent Accountability Resolution Process that was created as an “off ramp” from the NCAA’s peer-review system, interviewed Wade last Wednesday and Thursday in Baton Rouge, sources say. At least one additional interview with an LSU assistant coach is scheduled for this week.

Wade’s attorney, Steve Thompson, did not return calls for comment from SI. Messages left for LSU officials were not immediately returned.

As a result, an initial Nov. 1 target date for delivering an NOA to the school has been extended. It is unclear when that notice will arrive, but it is expected to encompass allegations in two sports, football and men’s basketball. LSU had lobbied during the summer for the two cases to be separated, but the investigation has proceeded as a single case.

LSU has acknowledged the violations in the football case. It self-imposed sanctions last year, including a bowl ban and scholarship reductions related to booster payments to the father of a former player, plus a two-year disassociation from the program for star former receiver Odell Beckham Jr., who handed out $2,000 to players on the field after the Tigers won the 2019-20 College Football Playoff championship.

The basketball investigation arose from the federal probe of corruption in the sport that came to light in September 2017. In March 2019, Yahoo! Sports reported FBI agents recorded wiretapped conversations Wade had with aspiring agent Christian Dawkins in June 2017 about recruiting players.

On one call, Wade told Dawkins he had made a “strong-ass offer” in an attempt to land recruit Javonte Smart, who ultimately signed with LSU and played three years there before going pro. The audio of the call eventually went public as part of an HBO documentary about Dawkins called “The Scheme.”

“Dude,” Wade said to Dawkins, referring to a third party involved in the recruitment, “I went to him with a [expletive] strong-ass offer about a month ago. [Expletive] strong. The problem was, I know why he didn’t take it now, it was [expletive] tilted toward the family a little bit. 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.”

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