Joe Alleva, who has been the AD at LSU since 2008, is expected to step down from his post, possibly as soon as today, according to a new report.
The Baton Rouge Business Report cites a high-ranking university source for Alleva’s impending departure. They also say a deal is being negotiated to replace the 65-year-old official with “a nationally recognized leader in university athletics.”
Alleva came to LSU from Duke in July 2008. He spent 10 seasons as the AD of the Blue Devils before that.
Alleva could step down as early as today, and sources say a deal is in the works to replace him with a nationally recognized leader in university athletics. https://t.co/23y6tWa1VG
— Business Report (@brbizreport) April 17, 2019
While LSU has achieved plenty of on-field success under Alleva’s watch, he has drawn scrutiny from alumni and supporters for his recent handling of head men’s basketball coach Will Wade’s suspension and has been a target of criticism dating back to the end of Les Miles’ tenure as football coach.
Via Business Report:
Though Alleva is coming off one of LSU’s strongest seasons in years for its football, basketball, gymnastics and softball teams, among others, the embattled athletics director has been an unpopular figure among fans and, more importantly, boosters, since failing to fire football coach Les Miles in 2015 to ink a deal with Jimbo Fisher, now the head coach at Texas A&M.
Stay tuned for more updates on this developing situation.