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GAME OF THREAUXNS: Alleva out at LSU — Woodward In?

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LSU is changing athletic directors. Do they have their new one already?

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The rumors became hot and heavy overnight and the news dropped late this morning — LSU is moving on from athletic director Joe Alleva, transitioning him to “a new role as special assistant to the president for donor relations,” after 11 years.

Basically, that’s code for a settlement on the final year of Alleva’s contract, which runs until the summer of 2020.

We’ll have time for an epitaph on Alleva’s tenure, but it didn’t take long for reports to link the opening to Texas A&M AD Scott Woodward. And soon after that, reports that a deal is done — first from TexAgs.com’s Billy Liucci, and since confirmed by NOLA.com’s Brody Miller and several other media outlets, including ESPN.com’s Chris Low.

My initial response to the Woodward rumors was skepticism, and I’d still like to see something official from his camp or LSU. Deals are never done until ink is on paper.

That said, if true, Woodward has long been considered a star among athletic directors. He oversaw the University of Washington’s stadium expansion and later lured Chris Petersen out of Boise State to take over the job. And that’s a hire that many thought was impossible to make at the time, given Petersen’s long tenure at Boise. He arrived at College Station in 2016, and made big waves by giving Jimbo Fisher a 10-year, $65 million contract to take over the Aggie program in 2018.

Woodward is an Baton Rouge native and LSU alum who worked as a special assistant to Chancellor Mark Emmert from 2000-2004, before following him to Washington.

More on this as things break.