Basketball duties will prevent Joe Alleva from CFP committee

Lots of names are being bandied these days as potential members of the initial College Football Playoff selection committee when the CFP replaces the BCS in 2014.

LSU athletic director Joe Alleva won’t be among them.

Alleva said his duties as a member of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee, commonly known as the NCAA tournament selection committee, preclude his ability to serve on the CFP committee as well.

Alleva has three more years on the NCAA basketball committee, through the 2016 tournament.

“I couldn’t serve on both,” Alleva said Saturday before kickoff of No. 10-ranked LSU’s game at Mississippi State. “I hope when I get off the basketball committee I would be able to serve on the football committee, because I would love to do it.

“A lot of the principles we use on the basketball committee will be used by the football committee.”

Though perhaps labeled as a “basketball guy” because of his long service as an administrator and athletic director at Duke, Alleva was a quarterback at Lehigh University in the mid 1970s.

Reports say the Southeastern Conference is likely to be represented on the CFP committee by Arkansas athletic director Jeff Long.

Former New Orleans Saints and Ole Miss quarterback Archie Manning is also reportedly in line to serve on the 12- to 18-person committee.

Committee members are expected to be named later this year.

Hilliard comes running

When Kenny Hilliard was a freshman two years ago, he established himself as a consistent scoring threat during the second half of the season. He had eight touchdowns in the final seven games.

But the last two seasons, Hilliard’s playing time has been erratic, and he hasn’t found the end zone as frequently. Against State, though, he again gave a boost to the Tigers running game.

LSU had trouble running the ball on its first drive of the game as Jeremy Hill ran for 1, 0 and 2 yards and Terrence Magee gained 1 yard on his only rush. Facing second-and-goal at the 5, the Tigers gave the ball to Hilliard twice. He gained 2 yards, then ran 3 for a touchdown.

On the first play of the second quarter, Hilliard ran 34 yards for a touchdown.

But all didn’t go well for Hilliard. LSU turned to him on third-and-goal from the 1 in the third quarter and Hilliard fumbled backward. Quarterback Zach Mettenberger recovered for a 6-yard loss and the Tigers settled for a Colby Delahoussaye field goal and a 31-26 lead.

Hilliard finished with 46 yards and three TDs, a career high.

Loston, Jones stay home

LSU starting strong safety Craig Loston and outside linebacker Tahj Jones didn’t make the trip to Mississippi State because of injuries, school officials confirmed.

Loston suffered a groin injury in last week’s game at Georgia. Jones missed the Georgia game with a hamstring injury that has continued to bother him

The Tigers started sophomore Corey Thompson in place of Loston, while sophomore Kwon Alexander got the start for Jones.

Loston, who has been bothered by injuries off and on throughout his career, already missed the Kent State game because of an injury. He’s still tied for ninth on the team with 19 tackles and has an interception.

Jones has just six tackles in three games.

Personnel report

LSU defensive end Jordan Allen wrenched his back and went down with 6:52 left in the second quarter but walked off and later returned.

Tigers wide receiver Jarvis Landry was shaken up just before halftime and went to the LSU locker room ahead of the rest of the team but also returned.

LSU defensive tackle Ego Ferguson went down with 1:49 left in the third quarter but walked off.

Hill (ankle) and fullback J.C. Copeland (knee) were both shaken up on the same play in the fourth quarter but walked off.

Senior fullback Connor Neighbors made his first career start.

Bouncing back

LSU, which lost 44-41 at Georgia last week, is now 21-1 under coach Les Miles after a loss.

The Tigers are now 71-33-3 against State, having won 14 straight and 21 of the last 22.


Jarvis Landry’s school record-tying streak of seven straight games with a touchdown reception came to an end. ... State coach Dan Mullen is 0-9 against top-10 opponents. … Former Mississippi State quarterback John Bond served as the team’s honorary captain. Bond (1980-83) is the first quarterback ever to beat LSU four straight years. … MSU held a pregame moment of silence for former baseball star Dan Van Cleve, center fielder for its 1985 College World Series team, who was found dead Wednesday at his home in Jackson, Miss. … Mississippi State honored its CWS runner-up baseball team on the field between the first and second quarters, drawing applause from fans of both teams.

Advocate sportswriters Les East and Matthew Harris contributed to this report.