Back in May, Duke planned to move its 2010 home game against Alabama down to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta for “more money and recruiting exposure,” said former athletic director Joe Alleva. A lot has changed since then—and, according to The Birmingham News, so has that decision.
Alleva has been officially replaced by Kevin White, but, more importantly, David Cutcliffe’s team is actually winning and doesn’t necessarily need the recruiting exposure of a game in Atlanta. Plus, by 2010, Wallace Wade Stadium might, you know, be intimidating for an opponent.
—by Ben Cohen
Director of Athletics Kevin White promoted veteran Senior Associate Director of Athletics Chris Kennedy to deputy athletic director in a statement Tuesday. Kennedy, an English professor and Duke athletic department member since 1977, served as interim athletic director after Joe Alleva left for Louisiana State University and before White was hired from Notre Dame. Kennedy will still be responsible for day-to-day operations, compliance and academic support.
In other athletic department news, White announced the hiring of former Notre Dame staffers Stan Wilcox and Boo Corrigan as senior administrators. Corrigan is the son of former ACC commissioner and Duke graduate Gene Corrigan, who served as a consultant in Duke’s search to replace Alleva and seemed to play an instrumental role in bringing White to Duke.
–by Ben Cohen
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
Duke has a home game against Alabama in 2010, but the Blue Devils may be wearing the home jerseys in the Georgia Dome rather than Wallace Wade Stadium. According to Tony Barnhart of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, former Director of Athletics Joe Alleva wants to move Duke’s game in the series down to Atlanta for “more money and recruiting exposure.”
The Atlanta Sports Council introduced bringing the game down to Atlanta, and Alleva was high on the idea. Because first-year head coach David Cutcliffe, an Alabama alumnus, OKed the moving of the game, the deal now seems likely. “It just makes sense for Duke,” Alleva told the AJC.
-by Ben Cohen
One of the more overlooked aspects of men’s basketball associate head coach Johnny Dawkins’ taking the head coaching position at Stanford is how the whole process began: with former Director of Athletics Joe Alleva, of course.
- Alleva became LSU’s new athletic director April 4.
- Alleva hired former Stanford head coach Trent Johnson April 9.
- Stanford hired Dawkins Saturday.
One final twist: 2008 recruit Miles Plumlee, brother of Duke 2009 commit Mason Plumlee, received a release from his Letter of Intent to Stanford after Johnson left. Now that Dawkins, a potentially familiar face, is at the helm of the program, will Plumlee re-sign his LOI? Will he precede his brother at Duke? Or will he go somewhere else?
What do you think?
–by Ben Cohen
Mike Cragg, Duke’s associate athletic director and director of the Legacy Fund, has emerged as the leading internal candidate to replace Joe Alleva as Director of Athletics. Cragg told The Chronicle about two weeks ago that he was “definitely interested” and would “definitely apply.”
Cragg joined the athletic department in 1987 and was promoted to Sports Information Director in 1990. He has led the Duke Basketball Legacy Fund since 1999 and in 2004, he was promoted to associate athletic director.
Interim Director of Athletics Chris Kennedy told The Chronicle he was not interested in the permamenent position the day after he was appointed to his current role. and Senior Women’s Adminstrator Jacki Silar told The Herald-Sun that she was not interested in the position.
—by Ben Cohen