The coaching carousel is in full swing, and another big mid-major name is on the move. Per a report by ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, VCU head coach Will Wade has agreed to a six-year deal to become the next head coach at LSU.
LSU has agreed to a six-year deal with VCU's Will Wade, sources told ESPN. https://t.co/FvwuqBIDd2— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) March 21, 2017
Other sources have also confirmed the report:
BREAKING: LSU has hired VCU's Will Wade, per a source.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) March 21, 2017
Sources confirm Will Wade has accepted an offer to become the next #LSU men's basketball coach.— Andrew Lopez (@_Andrew_Lopez) March 21, 2017
The move comes only days after the Rams were bounced from the NCAA Tournament by Saint Mary’s. LSU will be Wade’s third job since becoming a head coach at the start of the 2013-14 season. He spent two years at Chattanooga before taking over at VCU when Shaka Smart left for Texas.
During his time at VCU, Wade continued to build upon the success that Smart had. He led the Rams to the NCAA Tournament in both of his two years as coach, and won the Atlantic 10 regular season title in the 2014-15 season. Widely regarded as one of the best young coaches in college basketball, Wade takes a career 91-45 record to LSU.