Do not express it too loudly because the wife of Scott Woodward, Nanette, is within earshot and can hear the question.
The couple was about to finish building a brand new house near College Station. Texas, when Woodward decided to leave Texas A & M to leave his job as sports director at his alma mater, LSU, this week.
"She'll probably bump me again," Woodward joked on Thursday (April 18), just four hours after the official announcement that he should replace former LSU sports director Joe Alleva, to whom the university was named Transition announced a new role in donor relations.
Jokes aside: The new home in Texas shows how sudden and unplanned the move was for Woodward. He had a good cause at Texas A & M and was ready to take root there.
But LSU has always been his dream job. Now he's back in Baton Rouge, where he went to Catholic High School, graduated from LSU and worked from 2000 to 2004 for the university.
Woodward spoke with NOLA.com on the phone The Times Picayune on Thursday to discuss his new job and what he planned for the LSU. He talked about Texas A & M, why LSU was so appealing, what was next for the department, and how he would deal with Will Wade's situation.
Q: Go through the last few days.
Woodward: It is always difficult to make changes. On the positive side of things – I'm a half-assed guy – we're excited. Could not be excited to return to Baton Rouge and my alma mater. I have to pinch myself.
Coming home was the narrative that brought you to the LSU, how big was that for your decision?
I do not know how your college looks like experience, but LSU was transformative for me. As a multi-generation Baton Rougean, LSU casts a good, positive, long shadow on you, and that changed my life. It taught me to live and study life. I made lifelong friends and lifelong relationships that I still have and for that I am forever grateful.
Just to know how important it is in a place where there is probably no more important institution in America for its state than the LSU for Louisiana. (NCAA President) Mark Emmert has taught me that when I work for him and you – you said I'm from here – you only notice when you get away and see how important it is.
It is humble. It is very humble for me to work and work again for the second time in a place so important to the state, which is so important to you personally and in a transformative way.
You & # 39; Texas A & M has a good situation. How did you feel about A & M, and what would it take to leave?
Texas A & M is a wonderful place. It is absolutely unique with its incredible traditions and incredible people. It was very difficult. I have a very close relationship with the coaches I worked with and especially with Coach (Jimbo) Fisher, and these things are tough.
As I told you with my wife, she asks her to make a sacrifice. It is a very happy situation in which you go to a place where you are so close and dear to heart, and that you still have family and close friends there. From a personal point of view, I am very blessed.
What do you try first when you start at the LSU?
You judge what's going on, and you're damn sure you respect the traditions and what's going on. It's more important to meet the friends I've not met recently, and meet a new generation of LSU fans and people in Louisiana that I have not met in recent years because I left.
You say a lot of it is appraisal, so how do you rate athletics athletics currently?
Yes, it's hard, and I'll go in and judge things, but it's an incredible athletic department with a lot of history, dynamism and potential. You just want to make sure you keep on doing it, but it's extremely competitive and we'll have high expectations and the same goals, to win the championships with integrity and to do it the right way.
That's hard. This is very difficult especially in this conference. If you are at the top right now, the cliché at the top is the most deceptive. You know, obviously, LSU is there and understands it, and we are competitive in everything we participate in. That's the job of being competitive again and continuing the goal of greatness.
You have a track record of being able to bring in high profile coaches, what is your method of working with trainers who are under you?
I will not reveal all my trade secrets to you, but you will know it Me and you will see that it is a passion. My leadership style is very cooperative. I always use the metaphor that I do not see myself as an autocratic leader, but rather as an executive producer of a movie. I put talent together, make sure it's on budget, on time, on whether the product is well marketed and whether you are doing the right things.
Most important is your talent and your coaches and, more importantly, your student-athletes and how they represent your institution, because at the end of the day, it's all about how you represent your institution. We are only an important part of our representation of this institution.
Are there any examples of things you've done well a sports director and things of which you wish you could have done something else? [1 9459010]
I'll get you to do your job and then you can ask me (laugh as he says it). I just do not know. I hate talking about myself. I just think that all the work is very proud and I hope that I have taken the right path and hope that I can get better.
But you put your toe and make mistakes, and people will make mistakes. We are human beings. That's us, but you make them with openness and you make them humble and you keep on doing when you make mistakes. That's how I do it, and that's how I'll always do it.
You are in a difficult situation where Will Wade and the basketball program involved in an FBI investigation are in a difficult situation. How do you go about and handle it?
That's a great question, and the answer is, I do not know yet. I was not informed. You probably know a lot more than me because you reported it. I've worked here at Texas A & M, it's something I need to learn, and I have a lot to learn and do about it.
But always you know, and you always do this with what you do, that Louisiana State University with its reputation and how we do things is the most important thing in our doing. To appreciate and protect that is at Everything we do always comes first.
Aside from coming home to your alma mater and hometown, what were the sales arguments LSU brought here?
You did not have to sell me for anything. I know it well enough. I know what it's about and I know personally how it has changed my life. It's just a special place and it's just a special occasion.
Apart from personal matters, there is no larger institution that means more to their state than Louisiana State University. It's just that and I always believed that. And now that I've had the opportunity to leave it and look outside, institutions are important to their state, but boy, if you have one that is so prominent and stands out as much as an institution in a state – im Unlike a place like this Alabama, where you have Auburn and the University of Alabama, or Georgia, where you have Georgia and Georgia Tech – it's a special, special relationship.
We have little time, so what are the key Louisiana things you need to do as you return?
I get home enough because my parents are still around. I have not forgotten them, and I can still make a nasty gumbo, and I can still make a common lobster fish. You know, your skills get even sharper when you're gone. They long so much for it.
Now I am only looking forward to immerse myself and to return to the everyday life of my passion and my people, and I am really looking forward to these challenges and opportunities.