Following his announcement yesterday, Bower was quoted by mycentraljersey.com as saying that, “Academically, I think they (LSU) have a great business school. I had a really great meeting with the business professors there. They’re all big followers of LSU football and all the LSU programs. And it’s good to know that your professors understand your schedule. I know I’ll have the support there.”
Undoubtedly, two of the business professors Bower was referring to are U.J. LeGrange Endowed Professor in Accounting Joseph Legoria and J. Trigg and Bettye Baskin Wood Jr. Endowed Professor Kerry Sauley. Bower was in town for an official visit the weekend of Jan. 26, and Legoria and Sauley gave the recruits that weekend a tour of the Business Education Complex.
“I was the academic host and got to speak to him and his mom directly,” Sauley said. “That’s something that I’ve been doing since the Gerry DiNardo era.”
Those who are familiar with LSU’s football program likely know mainstay Sam Nader, who is entering his 13th season as assistant athletic director of Football Operations. He is entering his 39th season overall with the LSU football program. Nader is responsible for overseeing all of the day-to-day administrative duties for the team, and that includes helping out on the recruiting trail.
“Sam asked me to put together some college materials,” Sauley said. “So, I asked (Assistant Dean for Academic Programs) Ashley Junek, and she provided a college overview brochure and the hat.”
Bower received the hat and materials that weekend and, yesterday, made his decision to attend LSU known to the nation by displaying the former.