Suspended LSU basketball head coach Will Wade and the school are inching closer to ending its month-long standoff according to Sports Illustrated.
According to the report, the two sides are being brought together by Wade’s new attorney Steven Thompson. Thompson also represents Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl and Arizona head coach Sean Miller – both of whom are involved in the FBI investigation.
Wade refused to meet with LSU officials on March 8th which resulted in Wade’s current suspension. In his absence, the basketball team went on to win the SEC regular season championship and finish in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA tournament.
As Wade’s status remains unchanged, the dominoes around the LSU program start to fall. On March 3rd, star freshman Naz Reid became the first Tiger to declare for the NBA Draft. On that same day, interim head coach Tony Benford was rumored to join new Texas A&M basketball head coach Buzz Williams. Benford has since denied those reports.
The head coaching question mark at LSU also affects recruiting as the late signing period beings on April 17th. The Tigers currently have two open spots for new signees.