The LSU Board of Supervisors will review contract proposals for Athletic Director Joe Alleva, head men’s basketball coach Trent Johnson and new head softball coach Beth Torina at its meeting Aug. 26.
A proposed amendment to Alleva’s contract would raise his annual base salary to $525,000 from $350,000. He would also be eligible for additional incentive payments based on increases in the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Directors’ Cup Rankings, which annually rank men’s and women’s sports teams based on their success.
Alleva was recently courted by the University of Tennessee for its athletic director position before he opted to stay at LSU.
LSU Chancellor Bill Martin said the total deal is worth up to $825,000 a year if he achieves all his contract incentives and bonuses.
Martin said they never looked at what Tennessee offered and instead looked at the other SEC athletic director deals.
“It seemed fair to put him in the upper third,” Martin said.
“I said, ￔIf that’s not fair that’s life,’” Martin said. “I’m not going to be in an auction.”
So, after bouncing the general terms off a few LSU Board of Supervisors members, the deal for Alleva to stay was made.
Johnson is up for a one-year contract extension, which would expire June 30, 2015, with no change in pay. Discussion of his extension was postponed from the July meeting.
The board will consider approving a five-year contract for Torina.
KID’S CLINIC AND SCRIMMAGE SET FOR SATURDAY: The LSU volleyball team is inviting youth ages 12 and under to attend a free Kid’s Clinic at 4 p.m. Saturday leading into the annual Purple & Gold Scrimmage at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.
The six-time defending Southeastern Conference Western Division champions will instruct volleyball basics. In addition, fans will have the opportunity to get their 2011 LSU volleyball poster autographed by the entire team and coaching staff. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot and include how many kids will be attending the event.
TEACHMAN POSTS 1-OVER 73 IN SECOND ROUND OF WORLD UNIVERSITY GAMES: In Shenzhen, China, LSU senior Tessa Teachman improved in the second round of the World University Games individual competition Thursday at the Mission Hills Golf Club with a 1-over 73, giving her a two-day total of five-over par 149 (76-73), good for a tie for 16th, 11 shots out of the lead of Taiwan’s Hsuanyu Yao who is at 6-under 138 (68-70).
The third round is scheduled for Friday with the tournament to conclude Saturday.
FALCON ADVANCES IN PLAYOFFS: In New Haven, Conn., Former LSU golfer and Baton Rouge native Megan Falcon defeated Ashley Murdock, of Memphis, 6-3, 7-6 (4) Thursday in the first round of the U.S. Open National Playoffs. The winner of the tournament receives a wild card into the 2011 U.S. Open Qualifying Tournament in New York next week.
Falcon, 26, compiled a 98-18 career record at LSU, with more than half of her wins coming against ranked opponents.