Subpoena headed to LSU coach Will Wade for federal college basketball corruption trial
BATON ROUGE — LSU basketball coach Will Wade had just one complete day to celebrate one of the best victories of his career before more news dropped concerning his name and the ongoing federal probe into corruption in college basketball.
Wade and Arizona coach Sean Miller have been notified that they will soon be subpoenaed to testify in a second federal court trial focused on illegal payments to players set to begin on April 22 in New York City, according to a story published Monday by Yahoo Sports.
Wade, whose Tigers beat No. 5 Tennessee 82-80 Saturday, was identified through a federal wire tap in a previous federal trial about college basketball corruption. On tape, he was talking to a major target of the investigation — agent runner Christian Dawkins — about the recruitment of 7-foot-1 Balsa Koprivica of Montverde Academy in Montverde, Florida.
Wade may have discussed on tape what it would cost to get Koprivica, who is the No. 16 center in the nation and No. 69 prospect overall, according to Rivals.com. Koprivica committed to Florida State on Oct. 26 after scholarship offers from LSU, Kansas, Louisville, Tennessee and Arizona, among others.
Wade did not immediately confirm he was informed that he would be receiving a subpoena to testify in the upcoming trial while at a press conference on Monday scheduled for him to discuss the LSU-Texas A&M game tonight.
"I just saw it," Wade said of the Yahoo story. "I've not heard anything. Just saw it before I walked in here."
Asked if he has been expecting to be subpoenaed since his name appeared in the previous trial, Wade said, "I really haven't been following it all that closely. I've been focused on our team."
The Tigers (22-5) are ranked No. 14 in the USA TODAY coaches' poll and tied for first place in the Southeastern Conference with No. 7 Tennessee and No. 4 Kentucky at 12-2 with four regular season games to play. LSU could receive as strong as a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament, which ends on April 8.
The Tigers host Texas A&M (12-14, 5-9 SEC) at 8 tonight on ESPN2.
"We've got to focus on playing Texas A&M," Wade said, "staying locked in and continuing to win."
Wade has been one of the hottest recruiters in the nation since becoming LSU's coach in March of 2017. He was able to sign one of the top point guards in the nation in Tremont Waters out of New Haven, Connecticut, for his first team in the 2017-18 season.
His Class of 2018 finished No. 3 in the nation by Rivals.com with two five-star prospects — No. 2 center Naz Reid of Asbury Park, New Jersey, and No. 4 power forward Emmitt Williams of Fort Myers, Florida.