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LSU’s Wade may no longer take the stand

Posted at 6:07 PM, Apr 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-06 19:07:59-04

BATON ROUGE (KATC) – Suspended LSU men’s basketball coach Will Wade may not take the stand during an April 22nd college basketball corruption trial. He was subpoenaed in March.

According to an ESPN report, prosecutors have filed a motion to keep Wade and Arizona head coach Sean Miller off the stand. The defense says it doesn’t believe the coaches’ testimony is pertinent to the corruption trial, and instead would put the NCAA’s policies in the limelight.

Christian Dawkins, an aspiring agent, and Merl Code Jr. are on trial for bribing assistant coaches to funnel athletes to Dawkins’ agency.

Code and Dawkins are tow of the three men convicted in a fraud investigation in NCAA’s play-for-pay scandal that has latched on to LSU’s coach Wade.

An FBI wiretap of Wade has the coach allegedly discussing payment for freshman Javonte Smart. While Smart was cleared by LSU officials to play in the NCAA Tournament, Wade’s refusal to cooperate with the school led to his indefinite suspension.

Earlier this week reports suggested that Wade and LSU were working to set up a meeting to reconcile.