Will Wade to serve 5-game suspension to start McNeese tenure


Former LSU head coach Will Wade will serve a five-game suspension to begin his first season in charge of McNeese State.

Lake Charles, La., news station KPLC obtained Wade’s contract on Tuesday and reported the suspension details contained in the document. Wade is also not allowed to recruit players off campus until August.

The restrictions on Wade do not guarantee that the NCAA will not still sanction him for his past alleged transgressions.

Wade was hired exactly one year after LSU fired him on March 12, 2022 amid allegations of major recruiting violations. LSU said Wade was fired with cause after he was caught on an FBI wiretap discussing an illegal offer made to a recruit.

With the Tigers, Wade won the Southeastern Conference regular season championship in 2019 and went to the NCAA Tournament in 2019 and 2021. LSU earned a berth in the 2022 tournament, as well, after Wade’s termination.

Wade, 40, compiled a 108-53 record through five seasons in Baton Rouge. He previously coached at VCU (2015-17) and Chattanooga (2013-15) and has a career 199-98 record.

At McNeese, Wade replaces John Aiken, who was fired Wednesday after two seasons and a 22-45 record. Wade signed a contract worth a total salary of $1.175 million over five years.

–Field Level Media

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