If you’ve been paying attention to the things people in Baton Rouge and points nearby have been buzzing about on Wednesday you surely know that the events at LSU have been fast, furious and historic over the past couple of days – as athletic director Joe Alleva, an intensely unpopular figure at the Ole War Skule over the past 11 years, was sent packing from his job and Scott Woodward, a native Baton Rougean who has been the athletic director at Washington (2008-2015) and Texas A&M (2015-2019) has been named to replace him.
This is a big deal, and as such it’s the topic of conversation on the April 17 daily edition of Hayride Radio. Co-hosts Brian Haldane and Scott McKay kick around the momentous changes at LSU, and what a turnover from Alleva to Woodward might mean for LSU athletics. How does that affect coaches on campus, and in particular women’s basketball coach Nikki Fargas? After all, Fargas’ status on campus has been inexplicably secure under Alleva’s tenure as athletic director while Louisiana native Kim Mulkey Robertson has built Baylor into an elite program while sending multiple signals she would be interested in coaching at LSU – and with Mulkey-Robertson coming off a national title year at Baylor this year while Fargas didn’t even make the NCAA Tournament, and with Woodward carrying to campus in the next few days a reputation for spending whatever it takes to find the best available coaches (he paid Jimbo Fisher a 10-year, $75 million contract as A&M’s football coach in 2018 and just signed Buzz Williams to a six-year deal starting at $3.8 million per year and escalating to $4.4 million), Mulkey-Robertson’s $2 million-per year Baylor contract wouldn’t scare Woodward away.
And what does the Woodward hire say about a potential change in LSU’s management approach not just in terms of athletics but overall? There are items involved in that analysis Brian and Scott will discuss that you perhaps won’t see anywhere else.
Here’s the podcast. And for more on the turnover from Alleva to Woodward, click here.