The welfare of the people of Baton Rouge, the uncertain power issues facing all of us and the condition of Tiger Stadium were all factors in making this decisionLSU-Troy football game postponed Sep 03, 2008
Public safety was the overriding concern expressed by all parties when we met with the governor and his staffLSU moves up football start time Aug 29, 2008
We must win in football at Duke while maintaining our deepest commitment to the educational values of the institutionRoof out as Duke football coach Nov 26, 2007
During the last week and throughout her entire time at Duke, we addressed everything that Gail requested in order to remain our coach for the duration of her careerGoestenkors leaves Duke Apr 03, 2007
Consistent with our special relationship, (coach) has informed us that the Los Angeles Lakers have contacted him and entered into serious discussions to fill their vacant head coaching positionLakers woo Duke coach Jul 01, 2004
Joe Alleva is the current athletics director at Louisiana State University. He officially started on July 1, 2008. He was formerly the athletics director at Duke University.
Alleva began as Athletic Director in 1998. Alleva hired three football coaches in his 11 years - Carl Franks, Ted Roof, and David Cutcliffe. Franks' record in his five years was 7-45, including two 0-11 seasons. Ted Roof fared no better, going 6-45 until being fired in 2007. Alleva was responsible for the hiring of Cutcliffe, but left prior to the season wherein Cutclife compiled a 4-8 record. His first baseball coach hired was Bill Hillier who compiled a 121-214 record before being fired in 2005 amid allegations of implicitly encouraging steroid use among his players.
Alleva faced some criticism for the way the university handled the controversial Duke lacrosse team rape allegations in 2006. Despite the four defendants being later acquitted of the charges against them, the head lacrosse coach, a winner of national coach of the year, was forced to resign. In addition, the 2005 lacrosse season was canceled during the ongoing investigation even though 43 of the 47 players were not accused of any wrongdoing. Families of 38 of the 47 lacrosse players have filed a lawsuit against Duke University for multiple offenses in the handling of the case.