With 11-year LSU athletics director Joe Alleva stepping down from the position for a new role within the program, the university has come to a decision on who will replace him.
After multiple reports Wednesday (April 17) afternoon that LSU made a deal with Texas A&M athletics director Scott Woodward, the university made it official with a news release Thursday morning.
“We are happy to welcome a fellow Tiger back home,” said LSU President F. King Alexander in the release. “Scott brings a strong track record of winning championships, graduating student-athletes and building an infrastructure for future achievement. His leadership will take us into a new era for Tiger Athletics.”
Woodward replaces Alleva who spent more than a decade at the helm of the program and stepped down to take a role as special assistant to the president for donor relations.
Woodward is a Baton Rouge-native and a Catholic High School alumnus who served as LSU chancellor’s representative to the athletic department from 2000-04.
“Returning home to the LSU family to lead the department of athletics is incredibly humbling and exciting,” Woodward said in the release. “The state university has been a part of my life for more than five decades, and I know – and I embrace – the high expectations of Tiger Nation. We will win championships and we will do it the right way, representing LSU with pride and dignity every step of the way. I want to thank President Alexander for the opportunity of a lifetime and I cannot wait to get started. Geaux Tigers!”
He garnered national attention in late 2017 when he hired former LSU offensive coordinator and national championship-winning head coach at Florida State Jimbo Fisher as the Aggies’ head football coach with a staggering 10-year, $75 million contract.
He once again made headlines earlier this month when he hired Buzz Williams away from Virginia Tech just weeks after Williams took the Hokies to the Sweet 16.
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