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Will Wade, LSU Agree to 6-Year Contract After 2 Seasons as VCU Head Coach

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 16:  Head coach Will Wade of the Virginia Commonwealth Rams looks on against the St. Mary's Gaels during the first round of the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena on March 16, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah.  (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)
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Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistMarch 20, 2017

LSU announced on Monday the hiring of VCU head coach Will Wade.

The contract is a six-year deal, according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.

Wade spent the past two seasons at Virginia Commonwealth, making the NCAA tournament both times as a No. 10 seed. His squad lost in the first round to Saint Mary's this year.

The 34-year-old coach spent the previous two years at Chattanooga. In four seasons as a Division I head coach, he has a 91-45 career record.

He will hope to turn around an LSU team that has brought in elite talent in recent years—including McDonald's All-Americans Ben Simmons and Antonio Blakeney—but hasn't been able to turn that into success on the court.

The Tigers have had just two NCAA tournament appearances since their Final Four in 2006. The team finished 10-21 this season and fired head coach Johnny Jones after five years.

Meanwhile, VCU will have to find another coach who can keep the program on top of the conference, just as it did after Shaka Smart, Anthony Grant and Jeff Capel left for bigger programs.

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