LSU basketball coach Will Wade either arranged or offered impermissible payments to at least 11 recruits or their representatives, ESPN reported Wednesday.
Citing NCAA documents, ESPN reported that Wade "arranged for, offered and/or provided impermissible payments, including cash payments, to at least 11 men's basketball prospective student-athletes, their family members, individuals associated with the prospects and/or nonscholastic coaches in exchange for the prospects' enrollment at LSU."
ESPN's report comes on the heels of a report by The Advocate in Baton Rouge on Tuesday night that said the NCAA's enforcement division requested that the Wade case be referred to the Independent Accountability Resolution Process (IARP), created to handle complex cases.
The Advocate first reported that in a July 15 letter, NCAA vice president of enforcement Jonathan Duncan said the case against Wade meets at least five of seven factors for the IARP to take the case.
Wade's "tactics during the investigation have delayed resolution dramatically," wrote Duncan, saying Wade missed several deadline to turn over records, per the reports.
"He is employed in a leadership position at LSU, yet the institution has been unable to secure his full cooperation and is accountable for his behavior," Duncan wrote.
LSU suspended Wade, 37, indefinitely in March 2019, one day after a report revealed that an FBI wiretap recorded him discussing a strong "offer" for a recruit.
Wade was reinstated a month later but agreed to an amended contract that allows the school to fire him with cause if found by the NCAA to have committed Level I or Level II violations.
LSU did not object to Wade's case being referred to the IARP, as long as three separate investigations focusing on the LSU football program weren't included in the same case.
In three seasons as the Tigers head coach, Wade has a 64-30 record (35-18 Southeastern Conference). Previously the head coach at Chattanooga and VCU, he has a 155-75 career record.
--Field Level Media