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Former LSU athletic director Joe Alleva gave a very candid interview with The Advocate on Wednesday and said he never would have hired Jimbo Fisher when the Tigers were looking to replace Les Miles back in 2015-2016.
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“I still have a lot of friends in the ACC,” Alleva said. “I talked to them, and after that I didn’t want any part of Jimbo. I would never have hired Jimbo. He was never on my radar. Now, fans and some people in the department wanted him, but I never wanted him.

“I could have made a change (at the end of the 2015 season). I recommended not to. Because I would have been forced to hire Jimbo. I would rather have had Les. But if I didn’t hire him, the outcry would have been ridiculous. So we had that meeting during the (Texas A&M) game, and I made the recommendation to keep (Miles).”
During the interview, Alleva also said that dealing with Miles was very difficult...
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“The sad thing is it should have been that way for a long time,” Alleva said. “Think of the players Les Miles squandered and didn’t utilize properly. Talking to Les was like talking to a wall. The key (in) getting to a championship level is utilizing talented players. It’s that simple.”
You can read the whole interview here.

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You guys are idiots. Alleva deserves credit for this year. The new AD, Woodward, has set Texas A&M back a decade. Be careful what you wish for. I learned my lesson. Alleva is the real winner here.
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I wouldn't believe a SINGLE word Alleva says. Lowest form of humanity. When the going got tough at Duke he sacrificed the head soccer coach and the coach's family to merciless harassment.
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This is Joe Alleva: With the rape scandal at full boil at Duke, Lacrosse Soccer Coach Pressler was summoned to the office of then-athletic director Joe Alleva, where he was issued an ultimatum: resign immediately or risk being fired. No facts. Bowing to political pressure and the media. Coach Pressler was the only Duke employee to lose his job. Read about it; it'll almost make you cry to see how a man's life was almost ruined because Alleva bailed on a completely innocent man.
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He said he regrets hiring Will Wade. What an a-hole. He will change his mind when we win the NCAA Tournament in a couple of years!
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I didn't think it was possible to lose any more respect for that guy, but again he proved me wrong.
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Classy guy...
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Your sarcasm is so thick I had to wipe off the screen of my laptop.
35 months
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Covering his arse and trying to take credit for all the current success!
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What a piece of shite. I hope he get bit on the dick by a pitbull. He lies through his teeth. It was only his incompetence that allowed us to get what turned out to be a home run hire with O. And now he’s trying to take credit for that too. He needs to get the hell out of Louisiana. Never should have sniffed an AD job after that Duke fiasco
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As in the Duke Lacrosse case he always comes out after the fact with excuses.
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Miss him? Isn't he still employed by the university, in some capacity?
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As far as I know he is still employed at LSU in a different role. I don't miss him but he has one Natty under his administration by luck or skill. Who knows?
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Didn't make his bones in the SEC/football and was a bit of a fish out of water coming from the ACC/basketball. I think he was a decent guy who had two strikes against him before he came to LSU. Like his candid comments.
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I know we all hate him..... but he hired Ed, he hired Will.....
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He said he regrets hiring Will Wade so therefore F him
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Let us not forget that if Herman does not chose Texas over us, Alleva would have hired him... And if you ask me, this is a shot at Woodward as well, because guess who DID hire Jimbo... I think Alleva is on his way out and his ego can't help but to run his mouth on the way out.
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I think you are digging deep. The consensus is no one like Alleva but a shot at Woodward is a reach IMHO.
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Woodward hired Jimbo because big money AM backers gave him the check and said get him-we don’t want anyone else. He did as he was told-for good or bad.
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Football is going for a championship and he wants credit.
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Football is going for a championship and he wants credit.
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Trying to keep his face in front of LSU and these folks are doing their best to help him..... Like last year with the mbb team. I do not remember his face around the bb team as much as he did last year after the lack of support he showed for Wade.
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We finally hear it from the former AD that Coach Les Miles was a the reason why LSU "squandered" so much football talent. All of the "Anti-Miles" fans are completely vindicated and proven to be correct.
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Goodbye joe me gotta go///
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Alleva made some mistakes as AD but overall LSU athletics trended upward during his tenure. That's not to say we don't deserve better, and you could also argue LSU should have improved faster with the athletes we produce down here but in my opinion he made pretty good hires across the board.
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Agree
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Alleva made some mistakes as AD but overall LSU athletics trended upward during his tenure. That's not to say we don't deserve better, and you could also argue LSU should have improved faster with the athletes we produce down here but in my opinion he made pretty good hires across the board.
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