LSU's athletic director talks college's athletic future, paying student-athletes

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - LSU Athletic Director Scott Woodward joined the Rotary Club of Alexandria on Tuesday for their weekly meeting, discussing LSU’s athletic future and the idea of paying student-athletes.

LSU Athletic Director Scott Woodward | Source: KALB

Woodward is a Baton Rouge native and graduate of LSU. He took on his current role at LSU in 2019 after previously serving as director of athletics at Texas A&M for three years.

Woodward spoke to the Rotary Club about LSU's recent national championship win, the future of LSU athletics and current athletics at LSUA.

“We're very proud of our affiliation, obviously, with LSUA and Central Louisiana,” Woodward said. “It's part of our mission to be a statewide university, and we're happy to have a brother in LSUA. They help and we help in any way we can."

Woodward also gave his take on a hotly debated topic on Capitol Hill: Should student-athletes be paid for playing in college sports?

“I don’t mind compensation because we already do give student-athletes a very nice cash stipend for the cost of attendance," Woodward said. "As long as we can do more things for our student-athletes, that’s great. But, when you cross that boundary of becoming an employer/employee relationship, that’s the point of no return and I think would not be great for collegiate athletics.”

The Senate Subcommittee on Manufacturing, Trade, and Consumer Protection held a hearing on Tuesday, titled "Name, Image, and Likeness: the State of Intercollegiate Athlete Compensation.”

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