LSU basketball coach Will Wade forfeited performance bonuses for his team’s SEC championship season and agreed to contract changes making it easier for LSU to fire him if the NCAA cites him for serious infractions.
Wade signed off on the changes on April 14, the same day then-LSU athletic director Joe Alleva announced Wade’s return from indefinite suspension. Alleva has since stepped down from that role.
The contract modifications were first reported by Sports Illustrated’s Ross Dellenger, who obtained the documents through a public records request.
As part of the deal, Wade agreed to give up $250,000 in total bonuses his team earned during his suspension for winning the SEC regular-season title and making the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament, the most successful run for an LSU men’s basketball team in more than a decade.
Assistant coach Tony Benford led the team during Wade's absence.
Wade’s contract also now allows LSU to fire Wade for cause if he commits a Level I or Level II NCAA violation or if the NCAA infractions committee issues a formal notice to LSU that Wade was involved in a Level 1 or Level 2 violation.
The NCAA defines a Level I violation as a "severe breach of conduct." Level II is a "significant breach of conduct."
LSU suspended Wade indefinitely March 8 after he refused to answer questions about leaked FBI wiretaps of him discussing the recruitment of a prospect — believed to be current LSU guard Javonte Smart — with aspiring sports agent Christian Dawkins, who’s since been convicted of federal fraud charges for steering illicit cash payoffs to college players and their families.