LSU head coach on wiretap with convicted middleman — Yahoo! Sports

LSU head coach on wiretap with convicted middleman — Yahoo! Sports

Wade has maintained he never did business with Dawkins, saying explicitly in October, "I'm very proud of everything I've done as the LSU basketball coach, and I have never, ever done any business of any kind with Christian Dawkins". From there, they will jet off to the SEC tournament in Nashville, eyeing up a 2-seed or maybe even a top seed in the NCAA Tournament.

This is the second transcript between Wade and Dawkins to come to light.

Dawkins was sentenced to six months in jail earlier this week after being found guilty of fraud and conspiracy charges for facilitating payments to the families of recruits. ESPN cited court records that Dawkins had at least three calls with a cellphone number belonging to Wade between June 19, 2017, and June 30, 2017.

Now, we have insight into Dawkins' involvement with Wade himself, and hints at potential violations discussed since he took over in 2017.

A 2017 phone conversation intercepted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation between LSU coach Will Wade and basketball middleman Christian Dawkins features Wade speaking freely about a "strong-ass offer" he made in the recruitment of a prospect, Yahoo Sports has learned.

During the call, Wade can be heard complaining about the offer made to Smart.

Head coach Will Wade of the LSU Tigers
Head coach Will Wade of the LSU Tigers

In the report, Wade is described expressing his frustration with an unidentified third party handling the recruitment of player referred to only as "Smart".

"I was thinking last night on this Smart thing", Wade reportedly said in a conversation with Dawkins, which was caught on wiretap. "I'll be honest with you, I'm [expletive] exhausted of dealing with the thing. Like, this should not be that [expletive] complicated". LSU's freshman guard Javonte Smart committed to LSU on Twitter on June, 30 2017. It is unclear if he is the subject of the call. The two were allegedly discussing Balsa Koprivica, a 7-foot center from Montverde, Florida.

"Oh, the big kid?"

"OK, but there is other [expletive] involved in it", Wade said. "I know now, he didn't get enough of the piece of the pie in the deal".

Wade offered a statement Friday and asked everyone to withhold judgement until the facts are released.

Dawkins declined to comment through his attorney, and LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva declined to comment to Yahoo!

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