ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale defended his report that LSU will receive major NCAA violations in an interview on Friday.
"All I am saying is let it play out," he told "Off the Bench" on ESPN 104.5 in Baton Rouge. "See if we're right, see if we're wrong. I'm telling you, it's going to be some serious allegations," he said.
Vitale has been critical of LSU for the past year or so. Earlier this week he tweeted that LSU was already served a notice of allegations, only to retract the statement and say the notices were forthcoming.
An update on the charges that @LSU will face from the @NCAA in basketball will arrive soon .Delaying the notice is that a summary disposition involving the football program must be resolved .One thing that is certain @LSUBasketball will face allegations .— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) June 4, 2020
An LSU spokesperson refuted Vitale's initial statement that LSU had been served. Vitale told "Off the Bench" Friday that an holdup in the NCAA's investigation into John Paul Funes and LSU football is holding up the league.
Vitale began speaking out against LSU basketball after recordings of Will Wade talking with Christian Dawkins, the man at the center of the FBI's college basketball corruption scandal, were leaked. You remember the "strong offer" Wade was recorded talking about?
Vitale said Friday he wishes nothing but the best for Wade, but that fans are in denial.
"Why is this the media's fault?" he asked. "We didn't say what he said, we didn't go on air and do what he did. We're reporting the basic facts and people don't want to hear the facts, they want to be in denial."
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