Woodward ready for first football season back home as LSU Athletic Director
“I say it a lot these days … it’s great to be home.”
That’s how new LSU athletic director Scott Woodward opened his remarks Tuesday at the Greater New Orleans Quarterback Club at Rock ‘n’ Bowl.
“Baton Rouge is home for me,” he said. “I’m a fifth-generation kid that grew up there.
“What you don’t know is New Orleans is a special, special place to me. My wife’s from here, my mother’s born and raised here, my parents met when my dad was at Loyola Dental School.”
Woodward’s first football game as the head of LSU’s athletic department comes Saturday night against Georgia Southern at Tiger Stadium.
“We start this season with a tough Georgia Southern team on Saturday. (Coach Ed Orgeron is) 100 percent focused on Week 1. The triple option is hard to prepare for.”
Also on the dais Tuesday was Tulane coach Willie Fritz, who was at Georgia Southern before coming to Tulane four years ago. “I’m going to be Switzerland for this game,” said Fritz, who has worked with Orgeron and his staff to co-host camps in New Orleans the last couple of years.
Woodward commended Orgeron even further.
“I’ve been around a lot of coaches in my career. I’ve been around some really good ones and I’ve hired some really good ones,” Woodward said. “Coach O is as disciplined and detail-oriented as I’ve ever seen.
“Practice is a lesson that details do matter. Everything we do has a purpose. We are really focused and our attention to detail is going to be unmatched.”
Earlier this summer, LSU opened a renovated football operations center that is being lauded as the best in the nation.
“Every little detail in that building is really special,” Woodward said. “We have a first-of-its-kind Powerade station, so we no longer have water fountains. It’s an impressive operation.”
Woodward came to LSU from SEC West rival Texas A&M.
“We play in a very tough neighborhood,” he said. “The SEC West is the best division in college football, period.”
As for what to expect on the field?
“I expect a very good season,” Woodward said. “From my standpoint, we are superior and very special on the back seven on defense. Coach O’s philosophy is still going to be balanced, but (the spread offense) is going to be something to take awe at.”
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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;…