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Will Wade accused of paying hush money to player’s fiancee

Will Wade at LSU

Will Wade has been fired by LSU as the school received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA regarding violations they supposedly committed. The Notice of Allegations covers some violations allegedly committed by both the football and basketball programs.

One of the more interesting allegations is that Wade is accused of paying hush money to the fiancee of a player. The allegation states that in 2017, Wade made cash payments to the former fiancee of an LSU player in order to keep her silent about payments she learned were made to other players. The woman appeared to keep stretching Wade for more and more money.

In total, Wade is charged with committing five Level 1 violations, unethical conduct, and planned cheating.

Wade became LSU’s head coach in 2017-2018 after two seasons each at Chattanooga and VCU. His LSU teams made two NCAA Tournament appearances in his first four seasons. They went 22-11 this season.

Photo: Feb 26, 2022; Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA; LSU Tigers head coach Will Wade reacts during the second half against the Missouri Tigers at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

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