LaFleur will replace Kerr

Updated: June 11, 2005, 11:37 AM ET
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. -- Southern University has chosen a former staffer in the Louisiana State University athletic department as its new athletic director.

Greg LaFleur will replace Floyd Kerr, who lost his job when the university decided not to renew his contract. That contract expires at the end of June.

LaFleur is slated to make $110,000 a year if the Southern Board of Supervisors approves the choice. He currently heads the athletic department at Chicago State University, a post he received in October.

Chicago State, with 7,200 students, fields teams in 14 sports, but does not have a football team.

Texas State University in San Marcos fired LaFleur in March 2004 after the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions put the school on three-years probation. LaFleur took over the athletic department in 2001.

It was under his watch that investigations discovered that 135 student athletes had misused $73,845 in scholarship money between 1997 and 2001. Also, the NCAA cited the university because its football coach in 2003 held mandatory practices during the West Texas summer in excess of the NCAA rules.

After graduating from LSU in 1981, LaFleur played six years as a tight end in the National Football League with the Philadelphia Eagles, the St. Louis Cardinals and the Indianapolis Colts, according to his resume.

He returned to LSU in 1991, and worked his way up from marketing and promotions coordinator to associate athletics director. He briefly led the Huston-Tillotson College's program in Austin, Texas, in 2004.

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