ATHENS, Ga. — After referring questions to LSU athletic department officials Friday about a federal investigation into impermissible payments made to current and former college basketball players, Tigers coach Will Wade had little more to say about the situation Saturday.
In a news conference after a 93-82 loss to Georgia, Wade was asked about two former LSU players who left the program long before he was hired last March being linked to the far-reaching FBI investigation.
The names of guard Tim Quarterman, who declared for the NBA draft in March 2016, and All-Southeastern Conference forward Jarell Martin, who left school one year earlier, were in the report released Friday by Yahoo Sports.
According to Yahoo Sports, documents and bank records detailed the expenditures of former NBA agent Andy Miller and Christian Dawkins, a former associate of Miller at Miller’s ASM Sports agency, to at least two dozen former and current players or their relatives.
One balance sheet that was labeled “Loans to Players” as of Dec. 31, 2015, included Quarterman and Martin.
Quarterman is listed as having received $16,000 while an LSU junior during the 2015-16 season, while Martin, who left after the 2014-15 season, was listed on a photo of the balance sheet with a loan of $52,472.52.
It was not known whether Martin’s loan was made while he was still competing for LSU or after he declared for the draft following his sophomore season.
Later Friday, LSU athletic director Joe Alleva issued a statement saying the school had not been contacted by federal, SEC or NCAA officials concerning the investigation.
In the statement, Alleva confirmed “a proactive and voluntary examination of current coaches and players” was conducted by compliance officials as well as outside legal counsel last fall.
When asked what went into the compliance check, Wade said, “They don’t want us to get into the specifics of it, but they hired an outside counsel to come in and look at everything in our program — just as a lot of programs across the country did the same thing — and they wanted to check our program head to toe and see where things were.”
Later, when questioned if he was confident his program was in good shape, Wade again said he stood by Alleva’s statement.
Quarterman and Martin were recruited and played for former LSU coach Johnny Jones, who’s now the associate head coach at Nevada. Jones told The Advocate Friday he had no knowledge of the allegations in the Yahoo! Sports story.
“I have no knowledge or information in regards to this matter that we’ve all read about in the press,” Jones wrote in a text, “and because of that, I will have no further comment.”
Later Friday, in a statement released by Nevada, Jones added that he never knew Quarterman’s agent, Aaron Turner, and “never had a relationship with him or his associates.”