LSU hired VCU’s Will Wade to be its new basketball coach Monday, and VCU athletic director Ed McLaughlin was very unhappy about the move.
McLaughlin released a statement Tuesday claiming VCU fulfilled all of Wade’s wishes for the future of the program. However, the coach still chose to go to LSU despite all of that.
“I always meet with coaches after the season to determine the best ways to build their programs and put our student-athletes in the best position to reach their potential,” McLaughlin said. “Will and I agreed on the necessary next steps, and we met all of Will’s requests. He ultimately decided he would rather coach elsewhere.”
Wade coached the Rams the past two seasons, including two straight NCAA Tournament appearances. He replaces the recently fired Johnny Jones, and takes over an LSU program that has made the tournament once since the start of the 2009 season.
The Tigers are obviously excited about the hire. LSU athletics will welcome him to Baton Rouge with billboards all over town.
— LSU Basketball (@LSUBasketball) March 21, 2017
Meanwhile, McLaughlin and VCU will look for their next coaching hire. And the AD maintains that Wade’s departure will not affect the program’s long-term trajectory.
“VCU Basketball is bigger than one person,” McLaughlin said. “We remain committed to ensuring that VCU Basketball remains a top-25 program nationally.”