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LSU names Alleva finalist for A.D. job

Director of Athletics Joe Alleva has been named one of six finalists for the athletic director position at Louisiana State University, LSU officials announced and Duke representatives confirmed Monday.

According to a statement released Monday afternoon by Louisiana State University, the six named finalists will be interviewed by the Athletic Director Search Committee Wednesday at the Law Center on the Baton Rouge campus.

The committee also intends to make its final recommendations of candidates to Acting LSU Chancellor William Jenkins Wednesday.

"I have been contacted by a representative of Louisiana State University regarding its vacant athletics director position and am honored to be considered for such a prestigious position," Alleva said in a statement Monday evening. "At this point, the conversations have been limited and exploratory in nature. I plan to meet with LSU officials soon to determine if interest in the position remains mutual."

Alleva was reappointed as Duke's director of athletics August 7, after a nine-person review committee comprised of Trustees, alumni and faculty recommended his retention to President Richard Brodhead. Administrative positions carry a five-year contract.

Monday's announcement that Alleva was in contention for the LSU job was not the first news to surface in recent months about Alleva taking a position elsewhere. In late December and early January, it was reported that Alleva was in the running for the athletic director opening at Miami.

In a March 3 interview with The Chronicle, Alleva confirmed he had been nominated for the position by "some folks that [he knows] down in Florida," but dismissed the notion he ever considered leaving Duke.

"I was nominated for that job," Alleva said. "[But] I frankly never considered it at all. Never considered it. I have one of the best jobs in the country right here."


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