LSU basketball coach regrets not meeting with LSU officials

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DESTIN, Fla. (AP) - LSU men's basketball coach Will Wade has acknowledged making "some mistakes" when he refused to speak with school officials in March regarding a leaked FBI wiretap transcript that raised questions about whether he committed recruiting violations.

Wade spoke publicly Tuesday for the first time since March 7, the day before he was suspended indefinitely by the university. He answered questions wearing a purple LSU wind-breaker during the opening day of the Southeastern Conference Spring Meeting.

The coach says he "made a poor decision on how I handled that. If I could go back and do it again, I would have taken the meeting."

Wade declined to provide specifics about the wiretapped conversation between him and convicted college basketball middleman Christian Dawkins and skirted questions about whether an exchange of money occurred between his current staff and a player or player's representative.