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Exclusive: Wiretap reveals LSU coach Will Wade discussed recruiting 'offer' with hoops scandal middleman
A 2017 phone conversation intercepted by the FBI 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.

On part of the call, Wade expresses frustration that a third party affiliated with the recruitment had yet to accept Wade’s “offer.” Instead, a verbal commitment to LSU was being delayed because Wade theorized he hadn’t given the third party a big “enough piece of the pie in the deal” and instead “tilted” the offer toward the player and his mother.
 
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Exclusive: Wiretap reveals LSU coach Will Wade discussed recruiting 'offer' with hoops scandal middleman
A 2017 phone conversation intercepted by the FBI 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.

On part of the call, Wade expresses frustration that a third party affiliated with the recruitment had yet to accept Wade’s “offer.” Instead, a verbal commitment to LSU was being delayed because Wade theorized he hadn’t given the third party a big “enough piece of the pie in the deal” and instead “tilted” the offer toward the player and his mother.
He should have bought a bigger pie.
 
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What recruits did we recently lose to LSU?
Tremont Waters and...?
Just Tremont. We were one of the first schools to recruit Naz Reid but weren't involved late. I seem to remember the player involved being Balsa Koprivica but I could be mistaken.
 
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Just Tremont. We were one of the first schools to recruit Naz Reid but weren't involved late. I seem to remember the player involved being Balsa Koprivica but I could be mistaken.
It could have been Balsa Mikviniga.
 
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What's crazy is they have Will Wade on tape discussing offers and such for Balsa Koprivica and Javonte Smart (recruit this article is about).

Koprivica is the #57 ranked recruit in 2019 Composite rankings
Smart was #35 in 2018 composite rankings.

Not even high level players we're talking about here.
 
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What's crazy is they have Will Wade on tape discussing offers and such for Balsa Koprivica and Javonte Smart (recruit this article is about).

Koprivica is the #57 ranked recruit in 2019 Composite rankings
Smart was #35 in 2018 composite rankings.

Not even high level players we're talking about here.
I mean, that’s pretty high level
 

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What's crazy is they have Will Wade on tape discussing offers and such for Balsa Koprivica and Javonte Smart (recruit this article is about).

Koprivica is the #57 ranked recruit in 2019 Composite rankings
Smart was #35 in 2018 composite rankings.

Not even high level players we're talking about here.
Koprivica and Smart were both top 5 recruits for their class early on and both fell after a while.
 

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What's crazy is they have Will Wade on tape discussing offers and such for Balsa Koprivica and Javonte Smart (recruit this article is about).

Koprivica is the #57 ranked recruit in 2019 Composite rankings
Smart was #35 in 2018 composite rankings.

Not even high level players we're talking about here.
Smart was criminally underrated. He’s been killing it while Tremont was out.
 
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How is his recruiting classes looking?
Nowhere near the same this year, for obvious reasons.

He did land James Bishop though, who is really underrated. He'll score a lot of points in college. He was great on the UAA circuit.
 
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I mean, how is this any different than the recording they have on Sean Miller? That hasn’t seemed to affect him to this point. I’m sure their time will be up soon. I think the NCAA needs to threaten to come down hard on any schools that are knowingly keeping these coaches on their staff when they have evidence they’ve been involved. Give them 2 Options:

1) Terminate your coach immediately and you’ll only suffer a scholarship reduction and 5 year postseason ban
2) Keep you coach and you’ll get the death sentence for your program

Time to weed out the rats and clean this sport up. No person or program should be too big to fall here. If Coach K and Duke have been pet of this he should be gone and stripped from the record books. Same goes with all the other big program (KU, UK, UNC, etc.).
 
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I mean, how is this any different than the recording they have on Sean Miller? That hasn’t seemed to affect him to this point. I’m sure their time will be up soon. I think the NCAA needs to threaten to come down hard on any schools that are knowingly keeping these coaches on their staff when they have evidence they’ve been involved. Give them 2 Options:

1) Terminate your coach immediately and you’ll only suffer a scholarship reduction and 5 year postseason ban
2) Keep you coach and you’ll get the death sentence for your program

Time to weed out the rats and clean this sport up. No person or program should be too big to fall here. If Coach K and Duke have been pet of this he should be gone and stripped from the record books. Same goes with all the other big program (KU, UK, UNC, etc.).
The best is dookies thinking Zion turned down 100K to play for Duke for free.
 
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I mean, how is this any different than the recording they have on Sean Miller? That hasn’t seemed to affect him to this point. I’m sure their time will be up soon. I think the NCAA needs to threaten to come down hard on any schools that are knowingly keeping these coaches on their staff when they have evidence they’ve been involved. Give them 2 Options:

1) Terminate your coach immediately and you’ll only suffer a scholarship reduction and 5 year postseason ban
2) Keep you coach and you’ll get the death sentence for your program

Time to weed out the rats and clean this sport up. No person or program should be too big to fall here. If Coach K and Duke have been pet of this he should be gone and stripped from the record books. Same goes with all the other big program (KU, UK, UNC, etc.).
How'd you like to buy the Brooklyn Bridge?
 
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I mean, that’s pretty high level
But in the scope of players getting paid, you wouldn't think it would trickle down to the guys outside the top-15-25, let alone #35 and #57.

But yeah, it seems like these guys were ranked higher than where they finished when these convos originally went down.
 
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it is so obvious & clear LSU / Wade are guilty, NCAA needs to quickly act and impose an immediate post-season ban otherwise LSU is just making a mockery of the Tourney & the already pathetic NCAA. There is no 3 year NCAA investigation required on this one, it should take about 5 minutes to say sayonara LSU.
 
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What's crazy is they have Will Wade on tape discussing offers and such for Balsa Koprivica and Javonte Smart (recruit this article is about).

Koprivica is the #57 ranked recruit in 2019 Composite rankings
Smart was #35 in 2018 composite rankings.

Not even high level players we're talking about here.
Most of the 'lesser' school getting Top 50 guys is probably paying. We only got the very tip of the iceberg with this FBI investigation.
 

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Time to weed out the rats and clean this sport up. No person or program should be too big to fall here. If Coach K and Duke have been pet of this he should be gone and stripped from the record books. Same goes with all the other big program (KU, UK, UNC, etc.).
He's already skated once, so I don't see why he wouldn't again. He's pretty well insulated so can pull the "I didn't know" defense. Which leads to "failing to create an atmosphere of compliance " up here but whatever.
 

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But in the scope of players getting paid, you wouldn't think it would trickle down to the guys outside the top-15-25, let alone #35 and #57.

But yeah, it seems like these guys were ranked higher than where they finished when these convos originally went down.
Why not? If lesser schools, who have boosters too, want to compete, they need to grab Top 50 guys. Usually with lesser resources than the top. Easy solution is to offer up something.
 
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Can’t he just use the excuse “by offer I meant the full cost of tuition, playing time, good seats for his parents, etc. I didn’t mean cash”?
Perhaps they go with the defense of "we give all our students 'offers' "
 

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