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LSU head coach Will Wade coaches in the second half of the Tigers' 77-65 win over the Aggies, Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at LSU's Pete Maravich Assembly Center in Baton Rouge, La.

Citing three sources with direct knowledge of the situation, Yahoo Sports reported Sunday night that the NCAA enforcement staff has been looking into the recruiting tactics of first-year LSU basketball coach Will Wade.

[Update, noon Feb. 26, 2018: LSU basketball coach Will Wade's former employer VCU says it has 'no evidence of wrongdoing']

Yahoo reported that the NCAA has spent parts of the past six months looking into Wade's recruiting — both before and after he accepted the LSU job last March 20.

The report also said:

• NCAA enforcement officials have done work on the phone and in person, including traveling around the country, to learn more about his recruiting.

• The probe, which began not long after he was hired away from VCU, has stalled because of a lack of on-the-record specifics about Wade’s recruiting, a source said.

• The NCAA’s information gathering has covered part of Wade's two-year tenure as head coach at VCU, a source said.

• Sources also indicated the NCAA's interest appears to be in its exploratory and information-gathering stages.

“After talking to my staff, we have had no contact from the NCAA regarding any irregularities,” LSU athletic director Joe Alleva told Yahoo Sports on Sunday.

In a text to The Advocate on Sunday night, Wade said he couldn't comment on the report.

The NCAA's interest could have been sparked by the success he had in signing players after getting a late start in recruiting at LSU last spring and the fact his 2018 class is ranked third nationally by Rivals.com.

It includes four of the top 60 players in the nation from Louisiana, New Jersey and Florida.

The report also said it's unlikely the NCAA probe of Wade is connected to the ongoing federal investigation into basketball corruption, as the NCAA has been respectful of the boundaries of the ongoing criminal cases.

In a story released by Yahoo Sports on Friday, two former LSU players who played for former coach Johnny Jones — Jarell Martin and Tim Quarterman — are among more than 20 current and former players nationwide to receive loans from agent Andy Miller and former ASM Sports associate Christian Dawkins.

In responding to the allegations in the Yahoo Sports story on Friday, Alleva said in a statement: “While LSU has not been contacted by federal, league or NCAA officials, we can confirm a proactive and voluntary examination of current coaches and players was conducted by compliance officials and outside legal counsel in the fall of 2017.

"That examination found the program in full compliance with NCAA, SEC and University rules and regulations. LSU will continue to monitor basketball and other athletic programs for NCAA and SEC rules compliance.”

After Saturday's game at Georgia, Wade said he couldn't talk about the report and said he stood by Alleva's statement.

Jones also texted the The Advocate about the Yahoo Sports story Friday, saying: “I have no knowledge or information in regards to this matter that we’ve all read about in the press, and because of that, I will have no further comment.”


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