LSU notebook: School proposing 3-year contract extension for Joe Alleva _lowres

Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU head coach Les Miles and his team sing the alma mater after the game Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014 in Baton Rouge. LSU won 56-0.

LSU is proposing a three-year contract extension for Athletic Director Joe Alleva that would run through 2019, according to a copy of the LSU Board of Supervisors’ agenda.

The board must approve the extension, normally seen as a formality. The group meets Friday.

Alleva declined comment on the extension Saturday before LSU played Sam Houston State at Tiger Stadium. He’ll comment after the meeting, he said.

According to the agenda, Alleva will not receive a raise. He makes $725,000 a year with incentives that can push his salary to $900,000.

Alleva last received an extension — and $175,000 raise — in 2011 when he flirted with the open athletic director spot at Tennessee. His current contract runs through June 2016.

In the new deal, he can earn a $50,000 bonus if LSU ranks in the top 10 in the NACDA Directors’ Cup rankings and $100,000 for a top-five finish. He can receive another $50,000 bonus if all of LSU’s athletic programs have a graduation rate 5 percent higher than the general student population.

Alleva receives a management incentive of $25,000 for “financial solvency, no major infractions, substantial contributions to university and surrounding community.”

Alleva is in his seventh year as head of LSU’s athletic department, coming to Baton Rouge in 2008 after a stint as AD at Duke.

He has overseen improvements to Tiger Stadium’s exterior and the newly expanded south end zone structure, which made its debut Saturday. LSU is in the process of building new facilities for gymnastics and tennis.

Among Alleva’s major coaching hires have been men’s basketball coaches Trent Johnson and Johnny Jones, women’s basketball coach Nikki Caldwell-Fargas and softball coach Beth Torina.

Personnel news

Center Elliott Porter and quarterback Jared Foster did not dress out, as The Advocate reported this week.

Foster is set to have foot surgery Monday, and Porter was completing a two-game suspension for abnormalities in pay with a summer job, sources said.

Aside from Porter, the players suspended for last week’s game at Houston played. The group includes defensive tackle Maquedius Bain, linebacker Ronnie Feist and cornerback Rashard Robinson. Robinson entered at corner five minutes into the game.

Redshirt freshman defensive tackles Frank Herron and Greg Gilmore saw the first action of their careers. Herron entered late in the first quarter.

Pocic, Neighbors hurt

Fullback Connor Neighbors and center Ethan Pocic each suffered injuries during the second quarter. Pocic suffered a right ankle injury and Neighbors a bone bruise, according to the SEC Network. Neither played in the second half.

Redshirt freshman Andy Dodd played in place of Pocic. Melvin Jones and freshman John David Moore filled in for Neighbors at fullback.

Linebacker Kwon Alexander suffered a stinger in last week’s win over Wisconsin, according to LSU’s radio team. He didn’t play much Saturday.

Tune in Monday

LSU is expected to learn Monday the kickoff time for its Sept. 20 home game (and Southeastern Conference opener) against Mississippi State.

Typically during the season, networks announce their TV choices two Mondays before kickoff. LSU’s next home game, Saturday against UL-Monroe, starts at 6 p.m. on ESPNU.

Early blips

LSU’s new ribbon boards and video boards on the expanded south end zone structure experienced some issues during their debut Saturday.

The game clock and score were not posted on the screens for much of the first half, and the screens at times turned completely black. The video boards and scoreboards were working properly by the second half.


Before the game, coach Les Miles was spotted walking around Tiger Stadium’s field with five-star tackle Maea Teuhema, an LSU commit from Texas who is the brother of freshman defensive lineman Sione Teuhema. Maea is tough to miss. He’s 6-foot-4 and 340 pounds. Maea committed on signing day in February, after Sione signed with the Tigers. … LSU has started 2-0 for the ninth straight year. … Jermauria Rasco recorded LSU’s first sack of the season early in Saturday’s game. … Seventeen freshmen from the Tigers’ No. 2-ranked 2014 signing class played Saturday. Seven saw their first action: receivers D.J. Chark and Malachi Dupre, defensive backs John Battle, Russell Gage, Devin Voorhies and defensive end Sione Teuhema and running back Darrel Williams.