“To be one of 16 teams remaining in this tournament is a tremendous accomplishment. For this to be clouded about what’s being discussed I think is very unfortunate,” says ESPN Baton Rouge radio host Jordy Culotta.
National controversy has been thrown the Tigers way ever since Coach Will Wade was suspended for allegedly making offers to recruit player Javonte Smart.
Sportscaster Dick Vitale tweeted in favor of the suspension, which caught the attention of Culotta and invited Vitale to talk about his statements.
“Why in a sport that seem tainted with just irresponsible tactics in recruiting, why focus it on LSU?” Culotta says.
When Vitale appeared on the show, Culotta says avoided many questions on his specific target toward LSU.
Culotta says Vitale’s voice in sports media could’ve been used to make a change, but instead used it to criticize the basketball program.
“LSU is paying their price. Their coach is suspended. He’s on the sideline and will have his day in court,” Culotta explains.
While Wade awaits his initial court appearance, Culotta wants the focus to be on the teams’ talents instead of their troubles.
“They’ve overcome up to this point. It would be monumental and a story you’d never forget if they can close this thing out.”