LSU talks with VCU’s Will Wade about men’s basketball coaching job

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LSU’s search for a men’s basketball coach picked up steam Sunday.

A plane with LSU markings departed Baton Rouge early Sunday morning bound for Richmond, Virginia, and it returned at mid-afternoon with athletic director Joe Alleva and deputy AD Eddie Nunez on board.

Alleva and Nunez declined to speak to The Advocate about the quick round trip, but ESPN reported later Sunday afternoon, citing unidentified sources, that VCU coach Will Wade “has emerged as one of the front-runners for the job.” VCU is located in Richmond.

A source confirmed the ESPN report to the Richmond Times-Dispatch on Sunday.

Another report Sunday from CBS Sports’ Gary Parrish indicates that in addition to Wade, LSU has gauged interest through a third party of former Indiana coach Tom Crean. Crean was fired on Thursday after nine seasons with the Hoosiers.

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