Since taking over the reins of the Athletics Department in 1998, Joe Alleva has contributed to Duke Athletics in the following manner:
- Fired Fred Goldsmith, one of the most beloved head coaches in Duke history while Fred was on the verge of returning Duke football to the glory days of the late 80s. (In the course of writing this article, I discovered that the Fred Goldsmith we know doesn't have a Wikipedia page while Franks and Roof do... The injustice!!! This will become my personal project this weekend!!)
- Hired his crony Carl Franks over more qualified candidates; Franks promptly went 7-45 in the next 5 years, including 2 0-11 seasons, before mercifully receiving his walking papers in the middle of the 2003 season.
- Subsequently hired Ted Roof, who has compiled a similarly uninspiring 5-34 record since taking over in late 2003, including last year's 0-11 season.
- Hired his crony Bill Hillier to run the baseball program, whose tenure ended unceremoniously after 6 years with a 121-214 record and the program awash in allegations of rampant steroid use.
- Allowed the lacrosse program to spin out of control. Setting aside the dubious sexual assault charges, there is still a lacrosse team party, hosted at a team captain's residence, centering around the hiring of escorts, with undisputed allegations of racially-charged venom from the mouths of party attendees. Is that how one represents the University?
- And now the latest, allowing potentially iconic women's basketball coach Gail Goestenkors leave for the University of Texas. Granted, the reports state that Alleva matched Texas's offer and address G's other concerns about support for the program, but one can't help but think that the cool relationship between the Journey and the Athletics Department in the past played a part in G's decisionmaking.
For this litany of mistakes over barely a decade as the AD, Joe Alleva is this week's Unathlete of the Week.
(Note: To address the other contributors' concerns, I've made edits to the candidacy post)