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Gov. Edwards not prepared to comment on calls for Alleva & King to be fired, but supports raise for Coach O

March 20, 2019 - 9:02 pm
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Governor John Bel Edwards says he’s “not prepared” to echo calls from former Board of Regents Chairman Richard Lipsey for LSU President F. King Alexander and Athletic Director Joe Alleva to be fired for their handling of Will Wade and other sensitive topics. Edwards says Wade’s recruiting scandal has cast a shadow over the basketball season.

“It’s very unfortunate, all the things that are going on around the basketball program right now, and I hope that at the end of the day everything gets cleared up and nobody did anything wrong.”

Wade is reportedly on an FBI wiretap discussing improper payments to a recruit, potentially freshman Javonte Smart.

Lipsey says the duo should be canned for a series of failures that began with the mishandling of Les Miles final months as head football coach, the holistic admissions decision, handling of Greek life hazing, and their decision to suspend Wade, but Edwards says it’s hard to disagree with the call to suspend the head coach.

“They know what was put out over the media, in terms of the intercepted telephone call and the transcript, and they have not had the opportunity to sit down with the coach and have him answer questions.”

Wade was suspended after refusing to talk to the administration about the reported FBI wiretap.

One area the governor was prepared to definitively back the administration on was the decision to give football head coach Ed Orgeron a 500,000 dollar raise and a longer contract. Edwards says O is still one of the lowest paid coaches in the SEC, despite his success.

“It’s a good bargain for the University, and as you (Jim Engster) know, the overwhelming majority of his salary does not come from tax payers, it comes from the Tiger Athletic Foundation.”

The comments were made on his monthly talk show, Ask the Governor

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