VCU's Wade accepts position at LSU; AD says 'we met all requests'

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Will Wade, the head coach for the VCU men's basketball team, has accepted a position at LSU.

"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," said Director of Athletics Ed McLaughlin. "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 will replace Johnny Jones as the head coach for LSU. He leaves the black and gold to accept a six-year deal with the Tigers.

LSU went 10-21 last season and last made the NCAA Tournament in 2015.

Wade took over the head coach position for two seasons after Shaka Smart left for Texas. The Rams went 51-20 in those seasons, including two straight Atlantic 10 title game appearances and back-to-back NCAA Tournament showings.

"We have a world-class practice facility, a sold out arena every night and one of the greatest fan bases in all of college basketball. VCU Basketball is bigger than one person," said McLaughlin. "We remain committed to ensuring that VCU Basketball remains a top-25 program nationally. We have a tradition of remarkable success that is focused ultimately on providing our student-athletes with a positive experience, focusing on our core values: student-athlete focus, drive to excel and integrity."

The school says a nationwide search for a new coach will begin immediately.

Reports say VCU is meeting with Rice head coach Mike Rhoades, who is also a former assistant at VCU, on Tuesday afternoon.

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