LSU AD Woodward: Expect SEC baseball tournament to be canceled

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Even though the Southeastern Conference has canceled athletic activity only for the next four weeks because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s likely those cancellations will extend even further, LSU athletic director Scott Woodward said Monday.

For one, are conference spring championships still expected to happen — like the SEC baseball tournament in Hoover, Alabama, on Memorial Day weekend?

“You can rest assured (the baseball tournament) will be canceled,” Woodward said in a media conference call. “They’ll have an announcement probably (Tuesday). You’ll see formal clarifications coming from the conference.”

The coronavirus has been on Woodward’s radar since overseas sporting events began to be canceled.

“When it hit the U.S., we knew it was a matter of time (before) we had to make hard decisions,” Woodward said. “How fast those hard decisions were made were left up to the public health departments and our governments. The NCAA led the charge and we followed suit.”

Woodward – who said he is encouraging his staff to work remotely – estimated as many as 120 student-athletes are remaining on campus for now. “That number’s changing daily,” he said. “It’s a moving number and I think it will continue to go down.”

While the questions of recruiting rules, coaches contracts, football practice and LSU’s scheduled pro timing day come up, they’re all very low on the priority scale at the moment.

“Health and safety take precedence,” Woodward said. “You don’t worry about getting in the weeds of less important things. Worry about your well-being, your family’s well-being and your community’s well-being. That’s where we are. It’s gonna change and it’s changing rapidly.

He did specifically address sports like football that were in the midst of practice in preparation for next fall.

“We’ll worry about how we prepare for fall sports at the appropriate time,” Woodward said, “whether that’s allowing more practices or doing things differently by sport. But that’s to be determined.”

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Lenny Vangilder

Lenny Vangilder


Lenny was involved in college athletics starting in the early 1980s, when he began working Tulane University sporting events while still attending Archbishop Rummel High School. He continued that relationship as a student at Loyola University, where he graduated in 1987. For the next 11 years, Vangilder worked in the sports information offices at Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and Tulane;…

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