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After LSU’s exit from March Madness, what's next for suspended coach Will Wade?

New coach likely for Tiger basketball 

March 31, 2019 - 8:28 am

(WWL.com) - What happens now with the LSU basketball program now that the season is over? Head Coach Will Wade could be dismissed in the wake of the FBI wiretap scandal and Wade allegedly bribing players. Tiger Rag Associate Editor Tyler Nunez says Athletic Director Joe Alleva likely has his eyes on a new head coach.

“You don’t want to be caught on the backend of the coaching carousel and not have any options, you don’t want to get the scrubs. I think they want to clean house too, they don’t want to promote a Greg Heiar, someone who was connected to Will Wade, they want to be completely rid of Will Wade.”

Nunez says Head Coach of the University of Nevada Eric Musselman could be a target for Alleva.

Wade has been subpoenaed to testify in a college basketball corruption trial that begins April 22nd. LSU could wait for that trial to end to see if they can keep Wade around, but Nunez says LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva will likely look to move on.

“They could fire him immediately, which is probably the most likely scenario. I think they want to get this over with. I have heard of rumblings that say they have been discussing a buyout. I think they want to buy him out instead of going for cause to avoid any potential lawsuit.”

Some of LSU’s top players will likely head to the NBA because they are talented enough to do so and also NCAA sanctions could be coming. Nunez says star point guard Tremont Waters and Naz Reid will likely declare for the NBA draft. Kavell Bigby-Williams is also graduating. Nunez says Javonte Smart, whose name is mentioned in the purported FBI wiretap, might also leave.

“Javonte Smart is a very likely candidate to test the waters in the G-league or try to play in Europe. I don’t think he wants to get caught up in any more than he has already been caught up in, at least not while he is still in college because if that happens it completely nukes his career.”

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