LSU formally announced Wednesday afternoon that Joe Alleva will step down as athletic director.
The school framed the change as a "transition" and that Alleva will move to a new role as "special assistant to the president for donor relations".
“The eleven years Annie and I have been here in Baton Rouge have been some of the best in our lives,” said Alleva in a story posted to LSUsports.net. “We have made lifelong friends and memories in Louisiana. This is truly a special place. It’s been an honor to serve LSU, and I am proud to continue to do that in a new role.”
“We are grateful to Joe for his years of service and dedication to LSU,” said LSU President F. King Alexander. “Under his leadership, LSU Athletics has become even more nationally competitive and our student-athletes have reached new levels of academic achievement.”
Baton Rouge Business Report, which was the first Wednesday to report Alleva was expected to step down, cited a high-ranking source in the LSU System that officials were working to bring in Texas A&M athletic director Scott Woodward to replace Alleva.