5 potential candidates to replace Will Wade as LSU basketball coach

Will Wade, LSU Tigers. (The Courier-Journal)
Will Wade, LSU Tigers. (The Courier-Journal) /

The LSU basketball program has parted ways with head coach Will Wade after the university received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA on Saturday afternoon.

With Will Wade being terminated as the head coach of the LSU basketball program, replacing him will be very difficult given the amount of sanctions the Tigers could be facing.

Because LSU has received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA involving Wade, the university will not have to pay out the remainder of his contract. While that is a nice consolation prize, it could make things challenging for LSU to go after a big name, especially if there is a postseason ban or scholarship reductions. Athletic director Scott Woodward cannot swing for the fences here.

Jeff Goodman of Stadium mentions five names as candidates for the new LSU coaching vacancy:

  • Jerome Tang (Baylor Bears associate head coach)
  • Buzz Williams (Texas A&M Aggies head coach)
  • Andy Kennedy (UAB Blazers head coach)
  • Damon Stoudamire (Boston Celtics assistant coach)
  • Mike Boyton (Oklahoma State Cowboys head coach)

Will Wade fired: 5 potential replacements for LSU basketball head coach

This is a hire Woodward will have to swallow his pride over. He cannot hire someone like he just did with Kim Mulkey taking over the women’s program, nor can he break the bank like he did to get Jimbo Fisher to leave Tallahassee for College Station when he used to call the shots at Texas A&M. However, he can potentially get Williams to come work for him a second time. But would he do it?

Kennedy also has SEC experience from his time at Ole Miss, so that is an interesting wrinkle in all this. As far as the other three candidates are concerned, do Boynton, Stoudamire and Tang want to leave good situations in Stillwater, Boston and Waco respectively to take over an LSU program that could be in the toilet for a few years in the aftermath of the Wade scandal? Money has to talk.

Maybe one of the five candidates Goodman outlined will bite the bullet and come to Baton Rouge?

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