Mark Wade is the former UNLV guard who starred under Jerry Tarkanian and still holds the Final Four record for assists in a game with 18 against Indiana in 1987. In Olean, he's remembered as being an assistant coach under Jan van Breda Kolff in the dark days of 2003 -- and being star Marques Green's preferred choice as a head coach for the job that eventually went to Anthony Solomon.
There was always something shady about Wade protesting his innocence during the Bona scandal and claiming to know nothing about it. Maybe that was true, maybe it wasn't. But if I'm the folks at Bona, I'm going to get my accountants looking into some old athletic department balance sheets.
Wade has been charged with embezzling more than $15,000 from UC-Riverside, with some of the money supposed to be covering team expenses over Christmas break last year. Wade was fired by the school Jan. 5.