Source: Tennessee targets LSU AD

Tennessee could be very close to finding its new athletic director.

Sources told ESPN.com that LSU athletic director Joe Alleva has emerged as Tennessee's top target to replace Mike Hamilton as the Volunteers' AD.

The sources said Tennessee is looking to complete a deal with Alleva that could be announced Wednesday.

Alleva joined LSU in April of 2008 after spending 11 years as Duke's AD. Alleva's role at LSU was further expanded in August of 2009 when he was also named vice chancellor by the LSU Board of Supervisors. It was the first time in school history that the AD also held a vice chancellor position.

Alleva was recently appointed to a five-year term on the NCAA Men's Basketball Committee, as well.

When he arrived at LSU, Alleva unveiled a plan for the LSU athletics program known as "LSU: Thru and True." The plan was devised to "ensure the advancement and future of LSU athletics as an exemplary program" and to "create an environment for student-athletes to reach their ultimate potential, prepare them to be champions in life and to set out goals and values for the entire athletics program."