Just days removed from a notice of NCAA allegations regarding the football and men’s basketball programs, LSU has fired head coach Will Wade with cause. Wade was 105-51 overall, not including five games in 2018-19 for which he was suspended. The Tigers, who will get an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, will be coached in the interim by assistant Kevin Nickelberry.
Associate head coach Bill Armstrong has also been terminated with cause.
The school issued a joint statement on Saturday from University President William F. Tate IV and Director of Athletics Scott Woodward, that included the following:
“For more than four years, the University has patiently allowed the NCAA investigative process to unfold, jointly working with the NCAA Enforcement Staff and, subsequently, with the Complex Case Unit (CCU), to ensure the evidence collected was as thorough and fair as possible. Throughout that time, the University and its men’s basketball program have operated under an exhausting shroud of negativity.”
“Our decision to terminate Coach Wade and Coach Armstrong is not an acknowledgement of agreement with any of the allegations. The University will determine its positions on the allegations after an exhaustive and objective examination of the relevant facts and applicable NCAA regulations.”
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