LSU statement: Ja’Vonte Smart will not play against Vanderbilt

LSU coach Will Wade caught on wiretap discussing offer to recruit

LSU coach Will Wade caught on wiretap discussing offer to recruit

LSU's freshman guard Javonte Smart committed to LSU on Twitter on June, 30 2017.

On Thursday, Yahoo Sports reported that the Federal Bureau of Investigation intercepted a 2017 telephone conversation between Wade and Christian Dawkins, a former Adidas representative who was sentenced last week to six months in prison after being convicted of conspiracy to commit wire fraud for funneling illegal payments to families of major college basketball recruits. As a result, the school will sit Smart for the Vanderbilt game, it announced Saturday afternoon.

I was thinking last night on this Smart thing", "I'll be honest with you, I'm [expletive] exhausted of dealing with the thing. "I'll be honest with you, I'm [expletive] exhausted of dealing with the thing". It was [expletive] tilted toward the family a little bit. Like, this should not be that [expletive] complicated.

According to the Yahoo and ESPN reports, Wade appeared to sound frustrated that a third party affiliated with Smart's recruitment hadn't yet accepted Wade's "offer". "It was tilted toward taking care of the mom, taking care of the kid", Wade says.

"The decision to hold Javonte from [Saturday's] game is a hard and disappointing one for everyone involved".

The Baton Rogue native was reportedly at the center of a 2017 phone call that included Wade talking about an "offer" to a player and his family. This decision does not suggest, in any way, wrongdoing or knowledge of wrongdoing on Javonte's part or his family.

The statement also said LSU is "closely coordinating" and fully cooperating with the NCAA on the matter. The decision to hold Javonte from today's game is a hard and disappointing one for everyone involved. The 1981 team went on to finish the postseason with an LSU-record 31 victories. LSU has a freshman guard named Javonte Smart who is a former Louisiana high school player of the year.

Dawkins was sentenced Tuesday to six months in prison for conspiracy to commit wire fraud for funneling illegal payments to several basketball recruits.

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The call offered no details about the "Smart" reference, according to Yahoo. Smart announced his verbal commitment to LSU on June 30, 2017.

Wade's refusal to speak with administration may be damning evidence, but the LSU administration's ineptitude outweighs it.

"Recent media reports regarding Coach Will Wade are without question concerning to all of us", said the school in a statement.

The college basketball landscape was rocked to its core Friday. Wade and Arizona head coach Sean Miller have been informed that they will receive subpoenas to testify.

Smart is fourth on the team in scoring averaging 11.5 points per game.

The Tigers are ranked 10th in the country with a 25-5 record, including a 15-2 mark in the Southeastern Conference that has them tied for first place with Tennessee.

A win at home over Vanderbilt on Saturday would give LSU at least a share of the SEC regular-season title for the first time since 2009.

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