AD Joe Alleva staying at LSU after being pursued by Tennessee

Political consultant and commentator James Carville, left, and LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva chat during an radio interview on the campus of LSU in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009. Carville and Alleva were discussing the upcoming LSU-Florida NCAA college football game at Tiger Stadium.

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Political consultant and commentator James Carville, left, and LSU Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Joe Alleva chat during an radio interview on the campus of LSU in Baton Rouge, La., Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009. Carville and Alleva were discussing the upcoming LSU-Florida NCAA college football game at Tiger Stadium.

Tennessee officially had interest in a target for its vacant athletic director position confirmed by his boss.

Just as publicly, Joe Alleva made clear he wouldn’t be leaving his employers at LSU to take over the Vols.

Amid a flurry of reports that Alleva was emerging as the leading candidate to take over the vacancy left by Mike Hamilton’s resignation in June, LSU put the speculation to rest on Tuesday night in a statement that ensured UT’s search would be continuing.

“This is not an opportunity that I pursued, and Tennessee is a wonderful place,” Alleva said in the statement. “But in the end, I felt that chancellor (Michael) Martin has a great vision for LSU. He and the board of supervisors ... showed tremendous support for me to stay at LSU.

“Baton Rouge is my home and I want to be part of the community for a long time to come. There is more work to be done, and my heart bleeds purple and gold. I look forward to working every day to make LSU a better place for the best student-athletes, coaches and fans in America.”

The chance to leave the Tigers certainly appeared to be an option, with Martin cutting short a vacation in New Mexico earlier in the day to address the matter — confirming that UT had contacted him about his athletic director according to a report in the Baton Rouge Advocate.

The interest expressed from the Vols wasn’t enough to get Alleva away from LSU, though it did produce a raise for him.

The LSU Board of Supervisors approved an extension of Alleva’s contract in April through June 2016. However, his minimum $550,000 annual salary remained the same.

And whether or not Alleva was definitively the leading candidate, his decision also forces UT to move on to another name on its list.

“It was brought to my attention that the University of Tennessee was interested in Joe becoming their athletic director, and often good people — both in academics and athletics — attract interest from other institutions,” Martin said. “We have been pleased with Joe’s performance, so in concert with the leadership of the board of supervisors, we determined it was in the best interests of the university to make him a sufficiently fair offer and opportunity to remain at LSU.

“We are happy that he has chosen to keep Baton Rouge his home.”

UT appeared to be willing to help Alleva change his address, but it will now have to look elsewhere as the search nears the two-month mark and the start of the football season draws closer.

Until one candidate was revealed for UT by a conference rival, its effort has largely been tight-lipped. That is expected to continue as the process resumes, with UT spokesman Jimmy Stanton steadfastly refusing to address candidates or a timetable for the search committee to complete a hire.

“The search remains in progress,” he said when reached by phone. “I have no other updates.”

Austin Ward covers Tennessee football. He may be reached at 865-342-6274. Follow him at http://twitter.com/Vols_Beat and http://blogs.knoxnews.com/ward

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HallowedHill writes:

I don't know of the guy, but some LSU fans don't seem to think much of him.

http://www.nola.com/lsu/index.ssf/201...

pridebone writes:

What about going after Steve Spurier? (cue flaming....NOW)

CrankE writes:

Wow, he bleeds purple and gold just like John Chavis!

http://espn.go.com/blog/ncfnation/pos...

Alleva was the AD at Duke when their Pre-Crime department judged the entire Men's LaCrosse team as being guilty of gang-raping Crystal Gail Mangum. That Mangum lied about the whole thing is an inconvenient footnote conveniently forgotten by university intelligentsia.

You just stay right there in the red stick with the swamp people, bra.

tmartin writes:

and so it begins. . . . next will be the s. carolina AD

Zippy_Longstocking writes:

Holy cow, we just dodged a bullet.

GoVols_16 writes:

Why is this job such a cancer? Seems I remember we had a tough time finding an AD when we hired Hamilton.

orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

Listening to the Sports Animal earlier today, they were sounding like he was in the fold and was to sign Wednesday.

Not so apparently.

dbc5361 writes:

in response to Acadia_Vol:

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And to further your point whoever takes the job is the right choice and will be the new athletics messiah like Kiffin was to football but after he fails it will be the same ole "he was terrible, glad he's gone".........

Fans of state universities are sheep.

eduardo writes:

just let Dooley have it!

hcjournals#206623 writes:

Please enough with the negative reparte. Whose side are you on? This is a top 5 job. If you disagree, please keep it to your disloyal selves. Arm chair quarterbacks we don't need right now....Thanks...

nepperso#220348 writes:

The search firm is incompetent. The leadership at UT is incompetent. I am a DIE HARD vol and it kills me to watch morons run this university. I am going to come back to Knoxville when I graduate and get into the administration so that I can save these MORONS from themselves.

volhome writes:

Rather than looking at purple and gold, or crimson and white, or blue and white, or and of the other colors from the SEC, could we PLEASE look at and interview ALL of the Orange and White candidates first? There are plenty that would be good fits for the job. PLEASE look in the family. If an exhaustive search in the family fails, then, AND ONLY THEN, go outside.

BTW, you noticed I spoke of no single candidate with VFL as a trait. Interview ALL that are interested!

Pullingguard writes:

It's a re-play of how Hamilton got the Job. Other people are not bowled over with the UT job and its problems of being a middle of the road participant in Sports when the fan base expects championships every year in all areas of the athletic dept.. So, the new AD will probably come from inhouse, already working for the University...And, that's the way it was with Hamilton... and he did pretty good job in lot of ways..

Down_The_Field writes:

in response to BodeaneVol:

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they're not getting a bang for their buck at south carolina either. go perfect your own program in columbia and then you can start on ours.

TommyJack writes:

Never made sense anyhow. Later move, at best.

Down_The_Field writes:

in response to Acadia_Vol:

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you are a habitual whiner.

CoverOrange writes:

He came back from vacation to tell the world nothing was changing. He could have stayed in New Mexico and the public wouldn't have known (or cared) any different, much less known who he even was. To think he had to come back just to kick dirt on Tennessee. I hope we kick the snot out the purple and gold this fall.

shipperman#280095 writes:

Is LSU not on probation under his watch?

GerryOP writes:

If this was the dip who led the rush to judgment of the Duke Lacrosse team, maybe we dodged a bullet.

Joan is fine sitting in the big chair, let's let everything play out. At least the charade gives the crack KNS Tweeters something to Tweet about -- except for Rucker who thinks the Tweet-world is his own personal sandbox.

mrrs007 writes:

Gee so UT missed out on the AD who presided over the Duke Lacrosse fiasco. Lets see how did that go.Oh yeah long time coach Mike Pressler was wrongfully terminated (resulting in a large out of court settlement). Many of those wrongfully accused players sued the school(resulting in more settlements).The entire Duke lacrosse season was cancelled in a knee jerk reaction based on heresay and what proved to be false testimony from a felon. The entire episode was a example of political correctness run amok.In fact it was such a blatant miscarriage of justice the NCAA gave an unprecedented extra year of eligibility to every member of that years Duke Lacrosse team.Yep Mr Aleva has a great track record of crisis management. Lets see this search firm recomended the Georgia tech AD who got slammed by the NCAA and a guy who presided over Dukes record setting football program(record setting for consecutive ACC losses). Whos next ..a serial killer?

GerryOP writes:

in response to Acadia_Vol:

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Dudes and dudettes, I think we have the newest candidate for GVX Village Idiot. They way you are rolling, you are heading for exceeding the silliness of Lil' ZZGataBoy ... or maybe you are another incarnation of Lil' ZZGataboy. Or maybe you are simply ETTPT who has read a book or two and believe that you are intelligent. Naaaaaw, just another troll that the KNS lets run loose on here.

BTW, the correct spelling is "bullet," not "bullit." Sheesh, this poser can not even cut-and-paste correctly.

GerryOP writes:

in response to Acadia_Vol:

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A review of your pasts posts show no signs of thinking differently. Simply another incarnation of our own GVX village idiot ... Lil' ZZGataboy.

Millisa writes:

Hire Joan Cronan permamently.

Kelly8 writes:

First of all, KNS was hours behind the curve on this one. I understand they were using the pay-only site to cover it. Classy. Second, although Alleva may or may not have been the man for the job, it shows how little clout Cheek and company actually have to get stuff done. Other chancellors would've made this happen. My money is on yet another in-house fallback candidate which may or may not work out. We saw what happened last time, and probably need new blood. Blackburn may have saved our tails with the Kiffin mess, but I don't know that he's the best choice. I know LSU is a power program that is generally in much better shape in the big 3 men's sports, but we're Tennessee. Better city, better state, better school, better tradition, better facilities, better fans, more money...we should be able to get their guy if we want him. It's also interesting that, in light of our current NCAA situation, we'd go after a guy whose present job has some NCAA problems of its own. I'm starting to wonder if our administration is simply incompetent.

/rant

Chris4Vols22 writes:

Dodged a bullet.

barefoot43 writes:

in response to Acadia_Vol:

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I don't know why I did it, but I did.
I just read every post you have made since you received your screen name.
You keep saying you are a UT fan with references to past players and coaches. I am not sure how accurate your memory really is or how slanted your opinions are. I am guessing the past editor you are referring to is Marvin West. Now he is old and he had a position for a long time. I remember one article he wrote when Majors was the head coach concerning the top recruits in the past years (70s and maybe into the 80s). It was funny - though not intended to be because it was obvious that he never played or coached the game yet he was able to make all of the assessments of these recruits failure. He never once placed any criticism on the coach’s ability or lack thereof to make good judgments on these high school football players. These were parade all Americans and highly sought after athletes. Never gave any thought that these young men might actually be reading his arrogant point of view. I knew some of these guys and there were a number of reasons why they didn’t make as many headlines as they were expected. Injuries, family issues, academic issues and getting in the doghouse early with the coaching staff caused some to fall by the wayside. And this was in a “down” period at UT, as much of the 60s, 70s and part of the 80s were also. The 90s and the early 2000s was the only stretch of consistently great football UT has had since the early 50s. We had what 3 years in the 60s, 2 in the 70s and 2 or 3 in the 80s. That is it.
I have no idea what coach you are referring to that “we could have had”. Name him.
Why not be patient and give Dooley a chance to sink or swim. Support him, the team and the university you so often refer to being a “fan” of for years. Majors had 17 seasons and won 2 SEC championships and I am pretty sure it took him 9 years to get the first. Coach Fulmer was there what 16 years?
I mean chill out! You cannot be a UT fan and claim to have the right to be so freaking negative about everything. That is not a fan. That is a grumpy old man that apparently did not get his way with something and I guess needs to take an Ex-lax or two because man………… you are full of it.

tdvol1989 writes:

in response to VOL_GOD:

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As long as it isn't...CPF. Just let Joan do it until Pat wins enough games to retire. Then give to the best candidate Pat Summitt. It isn't like we have to vacate at least 1 win per team since our AD isn't Donald Trump. We have good coaches in place. Just play freakin' ball.

Kelly8 writes:

in response to Acadia_Vol:

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Wow, I guess you really are the village idiot that the other posters have described...

Tennessee ranks higher than Louisiana in almost every quality of living measure.

We have six national championships the way everyone else counts, and two of their three are in the last ten years. That's out of over 100 years of football.

The raging bluehairs in sections U and T built that stadium, and have been sitting there since you were catching snakes with Billy the Exterminator. And it's the same at every school.

Miles is a joke, and his best asset is the ability to not screw up a tremendous in-state talent base. They lose games they shouldn't every year.

As I said, their big 3 men's programs ARE in better shape right now. History tells us there's no reason to believe that will remain the case except in baseball.

Get some facts, Corndog.

Kelly8 writes:

in response to Acadia_Vol:

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Did I mention that we're 20-8-3 all time against them in football? But you're right, the last ten years is a much more instructive example.

give_him_6 writes:

Blackburn!!! And fire Cheek!!

orangecountyvols writes:

Vols,

Don't you just love it when whiners like this Acadia wannabe come on here running down the Vols, and then throw out the "we, and our" stuff?

This individual is one of those who thinks it's cute to refer to Tennessee people as GoVolsLoons etc.

Speaking of loons.....................

easleychuck writes:

in response to GerryOP:

Dudes and dudettes, I think we have the newest candidate for GVX Village Idiot. They way you are rolling, you are heading for exceeding the silliness of Lil' ZZGataBoy ... or maybe you are another incarnation of Lil' ZZGataboy. Or maybe you are simply ETTPT who has read a book or two and believe that you are intelligent. Naaaaaw, just another troll that the KNS lets run loose on here.

BTW, the correct spelling is "bullet," not "bullit." Sheesh, this poser can not even cut-and-paste correctly.

You are more than correct on this poser/troll Acadia_Vol. Joined on 7/22/11 and every single post is negative about everything concerning UT. Yep, everything. 24 for 24 in his postings running down the school and its teams, players, recruits, fans and coaches.

But, of course, little A_V's mantra to validate his responses is 'I have been a Vol fan since.....'.

If all one can do is call everybody who offers positive remarks about a program, kool-aid drinkers, and then proceeds to spew nothing but 100% negativity about the program they profess to love; you are exactly right GerryOP--a bridge lurking, rotten ole troll. Even a program's toughest critic sees and professes the good in something about the school. Not this guy, he's, again, 100% venom spewing when it comes to the orange and white.

The true give-away is in one of his dribbling posts, he makes reference to UT's 2 National Championships in football. A real UT fan, and for that matter any true SEC fan understands, that the number of recognized NCs for UT in football is not just 2. Like a real troll just showing his troll colors.

He won't be around very long. Trolls just have a way of sinking into the muck.

Classof72 writes:

As Doug Matthews has pointed out, if the candidate must currently be employed at the level of the job opening, Joe DiPietro and Jimmy Cheek couldn't have been hired for their current positions. Neyland, Woodruff and Dickey couldn't have been UTAD. They should end this soap opera and hire David Blackburn, just a dedicated, hard-working Vol who won't run off or get us in trouble.

Willis writes:

PHILLIPFULMER4AD

easleychuck writes:

Did UT offer this job to Joe A. or were they interested in interviewing him? I would be surprised if this is the only candidate.

To me, the LSU folks are throwing UT under the bus making this public but that is on them. They did pony up additional years on this contract so maybe they are just irritated that UT inquired about him and decided to start up the bus as noted above.

To me, UT should not hire an AD who handled the Duke fiasco so poorly. Of course, hindsight is 20/20, maybe he thought he was just covering the school's bases. The false accusations did have most in a heavy lather. The kids were tried and convicted in the press. Interesting how the press blew it. Never saw them lining up to offer apologys to the kids. I prefer an AD who looks out for the best interests of the kids representing the school. To me that puts the school in the best light, also.

To me, I would not hire an AD whose major program was just put on probation for cheating. Isn't everything that happens inside the school's athletic programs the AD' responsibility/fault?

gortrtt writes:

70+ years of success in the major men's sports, multiple national championships, tremendous memories and great moments ... all courtesy of AD's who were former head football coaches.

8 years of awkward firings, bad hirings, NCAA trouble, and embarrassment on a national scale ... all courtesy of a bean counter - Mike Hamilton - who knew plenty about fund-raising and facility-building but understood nothing about sports.

Hmmm ... which do you prefer?

MilitaryBrat writes:

I don't have a problem with Trolls. Most are easy to spot, and end up looking like the idiots.

I also don't mind rivals fans, trash talking, if it is in a good spirit and shows sportsmanship.

But I can't stand people who come on pretending to be Vols fans, who are only on here to stir people up.

And almost as bad, are former "Fans", who can't give support to the current coaches. If you are a "True" fan, then it does matter who are the coaches, you root for them to win.

Just like Dooley, it seems a lot of people want him to fail, because he isn't a name brand coach.
He is changing the culture here for the better, and even if he doesn't pan out in the end, The Reputation of the Vols will be back in place, then we will have many coaches wanting to be here.

Hopefully we just keep Joan as AD, until all of the NCAA problems are over.

shipperman#280095 writes:

in response to orangecountyvols:

Vols,

Listening to the Sports Animal earlier today, they were sounding like he was in the fold and was to sign Wednesday.

Not so apparently.

The Sports Animal is like the rest of us, they guess a lot. Even though some of them think they know it all, i.e. Hyams, Dearstone

barefoot43 writes:

in response to SmokeyTheBlueTickHoundDog:

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Not sure what vacuum you live in. You could be talking about ANY university that has athletic scholarships for football players when you refer to “the larger than life atmosphere”, including in particular your apparent allegiance to USC. Rumors are rumors, nothing more and nothing less. Kind of like the one that I heard that Kiffin was with another woman the night he ran off the road. It is funny that amid the “chaos” at USC they were able to entice a former football player/analyst/attorney to be become their new AD. If you want to talk about laughing stock you need to look no further than the mirror. I have not noticed any recruits leaving UT and going to USC, but I have noticed at least one from USC arriving at UT. It seems that several have left USC, I guess that is because it is in “chaos”. I travel quite a bit, including out of the south and east and USC along with Lane Kiffin are always brought up as being a “joke” because of the amount of talent they have, the exposure they receive and how far under expectations they consistently fall. In addition, the only national championship they actually “won” ever was taken away because they cheated. Since sportswriters were taken out of the equation for the most part, the champions have come from:
PAC 10 0
Big 10 1
Big 12 2
ACC 2
SEC 7
When things are settled on the field it is obvious where the winners are from and where the losers will always be. Fight On

GerryOP writes:

And the KNS lets another thread turn into a ceZZpool. Lil' ZZGataboy is posting on here under at least 4 different names ... at least. What a terrible decline for a once great web site.

utvolfan writes:

in response to Millisa:

Hire Joan Cronan permamently.

Unfortunately, she has said she doesn't want it. I wish someone could convince her otherwise. And she's on the search committee, which would make it difficult for her to be considered as a candidate.

TrackVol1975 writes:

So, let's see here. UT athletics are in trouble because coaches lied. So what does UT do? It goes after an AD who when at Duke declared that the infamous lacrosse case "was not about the truth," and then proceeded to fire the lacrosse coach. (Alleva denies saying it, but other witnesses have told me that he did make those comments, which means that to me, Alleva is dishonest.)

That UT even would go after someone like this is proof that no one has learned any lessons at all. Alleva was part of the Duke administration that lied throughout the case, covered up for an employee who was fabricating information for the corrupt prosecutor, Mike Nifong (he based much of his material on the fabrication), and told the Duke police to rewrite their reports to make Crystal Mangum's claims look to be credible.

And UT wanted to hire Alleva? Who was part of that dishonest scheme? Unbelievable!

utvolfan writes:

in response to InDestruCtible:

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We have a real football coach. Now if only we had more REAL FANS!

tnsportsman writes:

in response to give_him_6:

Blackburn!!! And fire Cheek!!

AGREE give_him_6, hire David Blackburn and fire Jimmy Cheek NOW! Who do you really think Cheek cheers for when Tennessee plays against a FL team? You kidding me!

GO VOLS, VFL!

NO_DIGGITY writes:

in response to InDestruCtible:

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I know what you mean Urkel, Galen Muschamp had that Deer in Headlights Look @ SEC Media Days. He has inherited a 7 and 5 team with 5 and 4 Stars that are not panning out. The Gator Recurits are similar to Fulmer last 5 Star Class(Donald, Crompton, Vinson and Martin) that were all busts. To Quote Pitino "Tim Tebow and Percy Harvin are not Walking through that Door." Neither is Spurrier or Meyer, but you do have a Failed Coach in Chuck Weis to the rescue. I see a Clawfense in the making with him installing a Pro Set with Spread Recruits. But, at least you do have a Good AD.

utvolfan writes:

in response to give_him_6:

Blackburn!!! And fire Cheek!!

This is not a defense of Cheek, as I'm not a fan of his. However, UT is an ACADEMIC institution, and the position of chancellor is an ACADEMIC one. The chancellor now has oversight responsibilities for athletics (and Cheek probably wishes he didn't have to spend so much time dealing with problems in this area). Consider the statement from the chair of the search committee that selected Cheek: "We’re looking for candidates who can recognize the remarkable strides this university has made in its academic reputation and scholarship and who have the leadership ability to continue that upward trajectory."

BigBadVol writes:

in response to Acadia_Vol:

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Please quit pretending to be a Vol fan. It's obvious you're not. It's laughable.

stevefrommemphis writes:

Part of Tennessee's strategy is to bankrupt all competitors by forcing them to give raises to their coaches and athletic directors. LSU is our latest victim.

VolzsFan writes:

in response to Witch_Doctors_Daddy:

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That is right....and by the way I have some Ocean Front property in Halls for sale. Sounds like you will buy anything so call me.

VolzsFan writes:

in response to Acadia_Vol:

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Great point. When Hamilton took over, the only coaches he could get are those that needed a job or needed a break. Hamilton was about the 8th choice. I am sure the smart folk would all agree that his destruction of the department will be felt for generations. No one wants this AD job either. Sad shape that Hammy has left us in.

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