LSU Athletics Director Joe Alleva to resign, according to reports

LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva left hugs and has a word with LSU head coach Will Wade after an NCAA college basketball game Saturday Feb. 23 2019 in Baton Rouge La. LSU won in overtime 82-80

LSU Athletic Director Joe Alleva left hugs and has a word with LSU head coach Will Wade after an NCAA college basketball game Saturday Feb. 23 2019 in Baton Rouge La. LSU won in overtime 82-80

Alleva said Monday that Wade had "answered all questions and denied any wrongdoing in connection with recently reported allegations of irregularities in college basketball recruiting".

Despite plenty of success across the entire athletics department under his watch, LSU athletics director Joe Alleva is stepping down from his position.

Alleva had been in the position since 2008. LSU is one of the the most attractive jobs in the country, so competition will be stiff for a successor. Alleva was criticized by some boosters for being reluctant to part ways with former LSU head coach Les Miles and make a move to hire Jimbo Fisher from Florida State. LSU confirmed the news, which had been broken earlier in the day by multiple outlets, with an announcement Wednesday evening. The university said Alleva would continue to serve as AD until a replacement is named.

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The local media outlet cited a source within the LSU System and stated that officials declined to comment.

"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.

According to his online university biography, Alleva's tenure at LSU was distinguished by a number of significant achievements, including four 10-win seasons and 86 total victories by the football team. LSU gymnastics has the NCAA Gymnastics Championships this weekend in Fort Worth, Texas, and LSU baseball opened the season preseason No. 1 and is now ranked No. 10. LSU also won 48 individual NCAA titles in men's and women's track, gymnastics and men's and women's golf while Alleva has been athletic director. LSU softball is now ranked No. 9.

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