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LSU has found its new athletic director. 

Just hours after Joe Alleva stepped down, LSU hired Texas A&M athletic director Scott Woodward for the same position in Baton Rouge, Brody Miller of NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune confirmed.

Billy Liucci of TexAgs.com first reported the news. 

“We are happy to welcome a fellow Tiger back home,” said LSU President F. King Alexander in a press 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 has close ties to LSU. The Baton Rouge native received his bachelor's degree from the University in 1985 and served as the LSU chancellor's representative to the athletic department from 2000-04, according to his Texas A&M bio. 

“Returning home to the LSU family to lead the department of athletics is incredibly humbling and exciting,” said Woodward in the same 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!”

Woodward took over as the Aggies' athletic director in 2016, where he has since hired two big names in football and men's basketball — Jimbo Fisher and Buzz Williams. 

Prior to joining Texas A&M, Woodward was athletic director at Washington where he hired Chris Peterson. Washington made the College Football Playoff the following year.

Contract details are unclear at this time, but Woodward makes $900,000 at Texas A&M, while Alleva's contract was for $750,000

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