On his official first day on the job, LSU's new athletic director has a message for the Tiger faithful: "I Believe."
Scott Woodward's message was posted on LSUsports.net Monday morning as he takes over for Joe Alleva, who was pushed out of the AD role after grumbling from fans and some members of the LSU Board of Supervisors over how Alleva handled matters in the athletic department that included controversy surrounding men's basketball coach Will Wade and the search for Les Miles' replacement after Miles was fired as head football coach.
"I believe in who we are. We share a passion for LSU that cannot be measured. Like every one of you, I treasure the accomplishments, traditions and great moments of the past, and I anxiously await to see what we accomplish together in the years ahead," said Woodward.
"I believe in LSU. There is no place in America that embodies a people, a culture and a place like LSU in the great state of Louisiana. There is no institution more important to this state and its people than LSU and we will do our part to elevate this university, while graduating our student-athletes and preparing them for their lives after college."