New LSU AD Woodward Impresses In Introductory Press Conference
New LSU AD Scott Woodward's introductory press conference was "about checking a lot of boxes" for fans, as he talked about growing up in Louisiana, winning championships and "name-dropped seemingly every relevant person in LSU lore," according to Brody Miller of the New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE. Woodward "used some form of the word 'listen' five times" during yesterday's press conference. He knows that people "need to bring the money if LSU wants to win." Woodward, quoting Civil War General William T. Sherman, said, "We have to have resources, and we have to have very, very competitive resources" (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 4/24). In Baton Rouge, Scott Rabalais notes Woodward "quoted an impressive assemblage" from Sherman to Thomas Wolfe to B.B. King. Woodward "worked the room like the one-time political operative he is," and expressed "deep love for LSU and Baton Rouge." Woodward had "everyone in the room and Tigers fans the world over hanging on his every word." Rabalais: "If you were looking to be inspired, Woodward delivered. He practically spoke in terms of truth, justice and the LSU way. He did so in a way his predecessor, Joe Alleva, could not" (Baton Rouge ADVOCATE, 4/24).
RIGHT MAN FOR THE JOB: The TIMES-PICAYUNE's Miller writes a new LSU AD was "going to be a big deal no matter who it was, but maybe no hire other than Woodward would have sparked such festivities." Woodward's schedule yesterday "ran from the early parts of the morning and late into the evening." Woodward's hire is "not just big news," it is a "homecoming." In Woodward, LSU "hired one of the most-respected" ADs in the country, and it "happened to be somebody who grew up a few miles away." Woodward is somebody who is "familiar with Louisiana politics, LSU administration and SEC athletics." Sources said that they "don't think he's going to make any drastic moves off the bat" (New Orleans TIMES-PICAYUNE, 4/24).