Joe Alleva to step down as LSU athletic director

Joe Alleva is expected to step down as LSU athletic director after nearly 11 years at the helm of the department, a source confirmed to | The Times-Picayune.

The news of Alleva stepping down was first reported by Baton Rouge Business Report.

Alleva has been an unpopular figure in Baton Rouge for years, and sources close to the situation say there has been bad blood between powerful LSU figures and Alleva since the 2015 attempt to fire football coach Les Miles and replace him with now-Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher. Alleva’s role in the suspension of LSU basketball coach Will Wade only added to a loss of confidence.

Wade declined to meet with LSU and NCAA officials about media reports detailing a wiretapped conversation between Wade and former Adidas consultant Christian Dawkins until Friday (April 12). Wade was reinstated Sunday night, two days after the parties met.

Three days later, Alleva is expected to be out as LSU athletic director.

Alleva was ordered by LSU President F. King Alexander to suspend Wade on March 8, according to emails obtained via public records request by | The Times-Picayune.

“Based on Will Wade’s refusal to meet with us regarding the accusations published yesterday in the media, I hereby direct you to place Coach Wade on interim suspension immediately and indefinitely, pending further investigation,” Alexander’s email to Alleva read.

Alleva has served as LSU vice chancellor and director of athletics since July 2008 after leaving his position as Duke athletic director. In his time at LSU, he was in charge of firing LSU football coach Les Miles and replacing him with current coach Ed Orgeron in 2016.

LSU football just had its best season since 2013, going 10-3, winning the Fiesta Bowl and finishing No. 6 in the country. LSU basketball, in the midst of the Wade scandal, won the Southeastern Conference regular season title and advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16. LSU gymnastics has the NCAA Gymnastics Championships this weekend in Fort Worth, Texas, and LSU baseball opened the season preseason No. 1 and is currently ranked No. 10.

LSU’s women’s track and field team is currently ranked No. 3 nationally, while the men’s team is ranked No. 4. LSU softball is currently ranked No. 9.

Alleva’s contract is set to run through June 2020. He is paid $525,000 a year in base salary with potential for another $300,000 in incentives.

Jeff Duncan and Amie Just contributed reporting to this story. …read more

Source:: Daily times


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