Last night HBO debuted “The Scheme” a documentary focused on Christian Dawkins, the runner a the center of the FBI’s investigation into corruption in college basketball. If you’re looking for an entertaining, sports related documentary in our current sports-less world by all means check it out. If you’re hoping to learn anything new in Will Wade’s side of things, “The Scheme” doesn’t show us anything we already didn’t know.
A clip from Wade’s press conference at SEC media days is shown in the documentary's opening seconds, but Wade isn’t seen again until about 95 minutes into the two-hour long production. The only thing that’s new in Wade’s case is we get to hear the infamous “strong-ass offer” conversation.
Will Wade on a wire tape talking about paying players to come to LSU #TheSchemeHBO pic.twitter.com/kjvcUn9ydk— NBA Syndicate (@NBAsyndicate) April 1, 2020
Does this audio change anything in regards to Wade continuing to coach at LSU? I’d guess no. The transcript of this conversation has been out for a year now, I can’t see how hearing something we’ve all read has much if any impact at all. That said, LSU athletic director Scott Woodward said in his introductory press conference of Wade that, while he hopes Wade is the coach for a long time, “things change and minds change.” Is this enough of a thing to change Woodward’s mind? Again, I would say no since this isn’t new evidence.
UPDATE: This morning, AD Woodward released the following statement to the press. ““We are aware of the documentary first aired on March 31, 2020, on HBO. There is no change to Coach Will Wade’s employment status at LSU and we will continue to cooperate with all reviews into this matter.”