LSU reinstates coach Wade after NCAA meeting

LSU reinstates coach Wade after NCAA meeting

-- LSU is reinstating suspended men's basketball coach Will Wade, athletic director Joe Alleva said Sunday.

Alleva said in a statement that during a meeting Friday with LSU and NCAA officials, Wade "answered all questions and denied any wrongdoing in connection with recently reported allegations of irregularities in college basketball recruiting."

"Wade's explanations and clarifications offered during the meeting, absent actual evidence of misconduct, satisfy his contractual obligation to LSU," Alleva said.

His punishment came on the heels of reports about leaked excerpts of an FBI wiretap that captured Wade speaking with a person convicted of funneling illegal payments to the families of college basketball recruits, including Javonte Smart, who ended up attending LSU before recently declaring for the NBA draft following his freshman season.

It was not clear from the leaked transcripts whether Wade in fact violated NCAA rules or if Smart knew about the offer.

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