Will Wade must have won the face-to-face meeting.

In a surprise move Sunday the LSU basketball coach, who'd been suspended for over a month, was reinstated to his position leading the Tigers.

The reinstatement came two days after Wade finally submitted to a meeting with LSU and NCAA officials, which the school had been seeking since he was suspended on March 8.

"During those meetings, he answered all questions and denied any wrongdoing in connection with recently reported allegations of irregularities in college basketball recruiting," LSU athletic director Joe Alleva said in a statement.

"I am humbled and grateful to be back at LSU," Wade said in another statement, adding, "And I sincerely apologize to the university and our fans for the disruption to the university and the program."

Wade was suspended after a Yahoo Sports story revealed he was on FBI wiretaps in which he is heard expressing his frustrations to convicted agent runner Christian Dawkins and mentions a "strong-ass offer" he made to a recruit, Javonte Smart, who eventually signed witht he Tigers.

It's possible that Wade may be called to testify at a second federal trial in New York on April 22.

"I regret the circumstances that prevented me from meeting with the University sooner," Wade said. "I wish I could have addressed these issues when the university first requested a meeting, and I'm grateful they gave me the opportunity to do so last week."

The meeting that Wade initially refused came after he switched lawyers.

"I completely understand that without my denying or explaining the media reports accusing me of wrongdoing LSU was left with no choice but to suspend me until I was willing and able to meet with them," Wade said. "Any other course of action would have put the program and the University at risk.

Alleva's subsequent comments in the school statement, however, suggest that the door is not completely closed on the matter.

"Coach Wade's explanations and clarifications offered during the (Friday) meeting, absent actual evidence of misconduct, satisfy his contractual obligation to LSU," Alleva said. "Accordingly, I have recommended that Coach Wade's suspension be lifted and that he should be allowed to resume his coaching responsibilities. President (F. King) Alexander has accepted this recommendation.

"The University regrets that Coach Wade did not choose to fulfill his obligations to LSU when he was first asked to do so," Alleva said. "However, the seriousness of the allegations and Coach Wade's prior refusal to refute them could not be ignored without exposing the University and the basketball program to great risk. Protecting LSU and preserving our integrity must always be our first priority."

If LSU were to fire Wade for cause — NCAA violations, for instance — the school would owe him nothing in a buyout. Otherwise, his buyout would be $10 million.

In Wade's absence, under interim head coach Tony Benford the Tigers won their final regular season game to clinch the SEC championship, went one and out in the SEC tournament and won two NCAA tournament games before falling to Michigan State.

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