Will Wade wants LSU basketball up and running in three years

New at LSU: Virginia Commonwealth coach Will Wade reacts during the first half of the team's first-round game against Saint Mary's in the NCAA men's college basketball tournament Thursday, March 16, 2017, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
AP Photo/Rick Bowmer

Will Wade hasn’t coached a game yet at LSU, but his initial goals for the program are simple.

“I’d like to be up and running in three years,” Wade said Monday on the College Hoops Today Podcast. “What does that mean? The way we lift, the way we train, the way we eat — it all has to be done a certain way. I hope we’re competitive much sooner than that, but I think it’s realistic to think that in three years we’ll be where we need to be.”

Wade spent the past two seasons as the Rams’ head coach, having taken over in place of Shaka Smart, who left the school for Texas. He made the NCAA Tournament with VCU each of his two seasons on the job, going 26-9 this past season, but was eliminated in the first round.

In 2015-16, he advanced to the round of 32, having gone 25-11 and winning a share of the Atlantic 10 regular-season championship.

The move is the third in the last five seasons for Wade, who started his head coaching career at Chattanooga in 2013-14. He becomes the youngest coach in the SEC at just 34-years-old at the time of his hiring. He spent time as an assistant at both Harvard and VCU before taking his first head coach post.

LSU finished 10-21 overall and 2-16 in SEC play last season under Johnny Jones.

Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.

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