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McNeese State head coach Will Wade leans into outlaw status following 10-game suspension

Will Wade’s suspension is up and he literally donned a black outlaw hat prior to making his debut with the Cowboys this week.

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It’s not everyday that McNeese State Cowboys men’s basketball garners national attention, but today is a different day.

Head coach Will Wade is set to make his debut this week after serving a 10-game suspension to start the year and the program released a video featuring Wade literally donning a black hat as an outlaw.

Props to Wade for fulling leaning on on this.

As a refresher, Wade was fired by LSU in 2022 after the program received a notice of allegations by the NCAA for alleged recruiting violations committed by the head coach. If you remember, he was suspended in 2019 after an FBI wiretap reportedly revealed him discussing an offer for a prospective recruit. He would be reinstated with modifications to his contract stipulating that the school could fire him if the NCAA were to issue a notice that he committed a Level I or II violation. That came to fruition in March of 2022, resulting in his ouster.

Roughly one year later to the day, McNeese State hired Wade as its head coach and the NCAA handed him a 10-game suspension following his hiring. They also handed him a handful of show-cause mandates that will limit his role in recruiting between now and 2025.

Despite him not being on the court for their games, McNeese has shown immediate improvement through the first month of his tenure. The Cowboys are currently 8-2 and are ranked 41st in NET and 98th in KenPom. There’s a really strong chance that they could rip right through the Southland Conference this season and earn the program’s first NCAA Tournament bid since 2002.

Wade will make his debut on Wednesday when the team hosts Southern Miss.