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Re: LSU hires Will Wade
« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2017, 07:49:19 am »

https://twitter.com/RonHigg/status/844160824319066112

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A 34-year old Tennessee native who never played basketball in high school in Nashville or in college at Clemson, who has never recruited on a Power 5 Conference level and who has never stayed more than two seasons in his two college head coaching stops.

Is Virginia Commonwealth University coach Will Wade worth the reported six-year, $12 million contract offered by LSU athletic director Joe Alleva to become the Tigers' 22nd men's hoops coach in history?

Wade should hold that $2 million per year value if you judge him on winning 70 percent of his games as a head coach, on 51 wins and two NCAA tournament berths in his two years as head coach at VCU, on VCU athletic director Ed McLaughlin's description of him as an "old soul who looks 17, but thinks and acts 47," on his aggressive offense and pressure defense and on his passion and preparation so thorough he keeps index cards in a back pocket that detail plays for half- and game-ending situations.

There were certainly more experienced candidates for the LSU vacancy created when fifth-year coach Johnny Jones was fired March 10 following one of the most inept seasons in school history. It was a year punctuated by a school-record 15 straight losses, a 2-16 regular season SEC record and four defeats by 30 points or more.

Freshly fired ninth-year Indiana coach Tom Crean, a year removed from a 27-win season and a Big Ten regular season championship, supposedly used a third party to contact LSU to gauge interest.

Middle Tennessee coach Kermit Davis, a former LSU assistant who has won 24 or more games five of the last six seasons, earning NCAA tournament berths three of the past five years, undoubtedly would have liked a return to Baton Rouge sitting in the boss seat.

Nevada second-year coach and former LSU assistant Eric Musselman, who spent 18 years on pro staffs, including nine in the NBA where he was a head coach for three seasons, had the most experience on the highest level of hoops of any candidate.

The one thing Crean, Davis and Musselman all have in common is they are 50 years or older.

Wade, who's so young he looks as if he could have been Bobby Brady's friend on "The Brady Bunch," was mistaken as a VCU player by a charter bus driver driving the team at last year's NCAA tournament.

Apparently, Alleva wanted to go the "young blood" hiring route, which has had mixed results the last few decades in the SEC.

Billy Donovan had just two years of head coaching experience when Florida hired him at age 30. By his fourth of 19th seasons in Gainesville en route to becoming the second-winningest coach in SEC history, he had the Gators in the national championship game. He eventually made three more Final Four trips, winning back-to-back national titles in 2006 and 2007.

Darrin Horn was 35 years old with one NCAA tournament berth in five seasons at Western Kentucky when South Carolina hired him in 2008. After a 21-win season in his first season with the Gamecocks, three straight years of losing records got him fired.

Wade is the fourth VCU coach in the last 11 seasons to accept a Power 5 Conference head coach spot.
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Re: LSU hires Will Wade
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2017, 09:13:36 am »

We will see how it pans out.
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Re: LSU hires Will Wade
« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2017, 07:49:16 pm »



Wade is the fourth VCU coach in the last 11 seasons to accept a Power 5 Conference head coach spot.

And they lost them to 4 of the top 10 Ten Football Programs.
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Re: LSU hires Will Wade
« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2017, 12:48:45 pm »

https://twitter.com/MicklesAdvocate/status/844595223384784899

 Emily Villere Dixon‏ @emilyvdixon 18m18 minutes ago

New #LSU Basketball Coach Will Wade: "It's a pretty high energy coaching staff me and Coach O.It can't get much more high energy than that."
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Re: LSU hires Will Wade
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2017, 10:56:11 pm »

https://twitter.com/kidput/status/844709590319218688

 Ron Higgins‏ @RonHigg 3h3 hours ago

Ron Higgins Retweeted Chris Pinson

In what sense? Everybody knew somebody was going to hire him after this season.
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Re: LSU hires Will Wade
« Reply #10 on: May 17, 2017, 07:31:26 am »

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https://twitter.com/Michael_Carvell/status/877987140377989124

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“He has not signed, and due to NCAA rules, LSU can’t make any comment on the matter.”

Bigby-Williams announced his intention to transfer to LSU from Oregon earlier this week. LSU does not have a scholarship open, though that will change if center Elbert Robinson’s departure from the team for medical reasons is approved for a waiver by the NCAA.

Eugene (Ore.) Daily Emerald broke the story of the investigation on Wednesday night. Bigby-Williams played the entire 2016-17 season for the Ducks.

The alleged assault occurred between 10 p.m. on Sept. 17, 2016, and 3 a.m. on Sept. 18, 2016, at Gillette College in northern Wyoming, according to the report. Bigby-Williams played basketball at Gillette before he transferred to Oregon.

The Northern Wyoming Community College District campus police has been investigating Bigby-Williams since Sept. 19, 2016. That department informed the University of Oregon police department of the investigation on Sept. 28.

Altman has come under fire before because three Ducks played while being investigated for an alleged rape in 2014.

The detail:
http://www.dailyemerald.com/2017/06/21/oregons-kavell-bigby-williams-is-under-investigation-for-sexual-assault
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Re: LSU hires Will Wade
« Reply #12 on: June 26, 2017, 01:15:45 pm »

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LSU has yet to release its schedule for the 2017-18 season.

Wade, who coached at Virginia Commonwealth last year, replaced Johnny Jones, who was fired after leading LSU to a 10-21 overall record, including a 2-16 record in the SEC.

Wade said he and his players have been working hard on a lot of various things during their summer training.

He said the major issue has been improving LSU’s defense going into the season.

“It’s just changing the way we think and the standards on whatever it may be,” he said. “It’s just changing the overall standards of the program.”

No update on:

http://lsu.247sports.com/Article/Will-Wade-lands-Oregon-transfer-Kavell-Bigby-Williams-for-LSU-Ti-53256441

Former Oregon basketball player Kavell Bigby-Williams is under investigation for sexual assault
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Re: LSU hires Will Wade
« Reply #14 on: July 09, 2017, 09:00:36 am »

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Will Wade didn’t have to go looking for a plan on how to rebuild the LSU men’s basketball team when he accepted the job March 20, just 12 days after one of the school's worst seasons in a half-century.

Even at 34, with a résumé that included four seasons as a Division I head coach, the boyish-looking Wade had already been there and done that.

Twice.

Only six of the 13 players on scholarship at the start of the 2016-17 season remained on the roster Friday: guards Brandon Sampson, Skylar Mays and Jalyn Patterson, and forwards Wayde Sims, Aaron Epps and Duop Reath.

Gone, for one reason or another, are guards Antonio Blakeney, Branden Jenkins and Kieran Hayward; forwards Craig Victor, Brian Bridgewater and Brandon Eddlestone; and center Elbert Robinson.

Of that group, Blakeney declared for the NBA draft but was not selected, Victor was dismissed from the team in December (by Jones), Bridgewater and Eddlestone exhausted their eligibility and Robinson couldn’t continue his career because of medical issues.

“There were obviously some problems we needed to address and fix,” Wade said. “You start looking at where those issues are, and you try to go get the best guys that you can to fill those voids. It’s our job to put a good team on the floor as quickly as possible.”
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Re: LSU hires Will Wade
« Reply #15 on: August 06, 2017, 08:29:09 am »

 Jeff Goodman‏Verified account @GoodmanESPN 15h15 hours ago

Mitchell Robinson, who was released by Western Kentucky, was on LSU campus today, sources told ESPN. Talented big man from New Orleans.
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Re: LSU hires Will Wade
« Reply #16 on: September 13, 2017, 05:26:44 am »

 Jeff Goodman‏Verified account @GoodmanESPN 12h12 hours ago

Jeff Goodman Retweeted Jeff Borzello

Tremont Waters. Now Naz Reid. Will Wade quickly making LSU relevant.

 Jeff Goodman‏Verified account @GoodmanESPN 12h12 hours ago

Jeff Goodman Retweeted Jeff Goodman

My bad. Forgot about Javonte Smart. Waters, Smart and now Naz Reid.
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