Former athletic director Joe Alleva spent 32 years at Duke, and 10 as Director of Athletics. He considered himself a Blue Devil man, loyal to Duke. But in just two months in the same job at Louisiana State University, Alleva had some choice words that likely won’t sit well with Duke supporters.
“The passion for LSU is just phenomenal, it’s mind-blowing,” Alleva told The (New Orleans) Times-Picayune. “That’s the biggest difference.”
Reporter James Varney pressed him further, asking Alleva to compare the “passion” to that of Duke’s rabid basketball fan base.
“Even then, it’s not the same,” he said.
What do you think of Alleva’s statements? How does the passion of Duke fans relate to that of other fans?
Most importantly: Is Alleva simply saying what he needs to say to blend into the Bayou?
—by Ben Cohen