Alleva to remain at LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLT) -- LSU athletic director Joe Alleva will remain in that position after being courted by the University of Tennessee.

LSU made the announcement in a statement released Tuesday night.

"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," LSU Chancellor Michael Martin stated in the release.

"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 an opportunity to remain at LSU. We are happy that he has chosen to keep Baton Rouge as his home."

Late Tuesday afternoon there were multiple television, radio, and Internet reports that Alleva would be introduced as Tennessee's next athletic director---as early as Wednesday.

Martin said that a new compensation package will be presented for approval by the Board of Supervisors at a future meeting.

"This is not an opportunity that I pursued, and Tennessee is a wonderful place, but in the end I felt that Chancellor Martin has a great vision for LSU," Alleva said. "He and the Board of Supervisors - particularly James Moore and Blake Chatelain - showed tremendous support for me to stay at LSU.

"Baton Rouge is my home," Alleva continued in the statement, "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."

Tennessee has been searching for a new athletic director since Mike Hamilton stepped down June 7.

Joan Cronan, athletics director for the Lady Vols, has taken over the position on an interim basis.

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