Working on Saturdays in the Fall has become the new normal for Emily Villere Dixon. She's in her eighth season as the coordinator of offensive operations for the LSU Football team, while also serving as a multi-media reporter for LSUsports.net. On a weekly basis, she interviews head coach Ed Orgeron, current football players, and former Tigers in the NFL. While not on the field or in the football office, Dixon can be found updating her website where she shares all things LSU from what to wear to the games to other happenings.
For Adore's morning routine series, Dixon documented her morning preparing for the huge top-10 SEC showdown between the LSU Tigers and the Florida Gators. Relive the big day, below!
7:30 a.m. All Saturdays in the Fall are busy, but this one is particularly packed with things to get done before the game. I wake up on game days depending on what time I have to do TV for Cox Sports TV’s LSU GameDay Live. I have a little extra time this morning, but I tend to get a tad stressed running out of the house making sure I have everything I need to stay at the stadium until well past-midnight. All four dogs typically make me get out of bed, so thankfully my husband helps wrangle them while I start to get ready!
8:00 a.m. I have my basic cup of coffee while I put on my makeup and listen to ESPN’s College GameDay in the background. It’s an exciting day because they are broadcasting from the Quad on LSU’s campus. It pumps me up a little more to get out there and get my day going! I get dressed in my first outfit of the day – a CST polo, jeans and tennis shoes – and then pack up my other outfits for the rest of the day.
9:30 a.m. I organize my purse with everything I need on the sidelines (including multiple Beat Florida buttons), pack my backpack for when I’m working in the press box, make sure I have all my credentials, and literally run out the door to head to campus!
10:30 a.m. Every home game, I feature a tailgate for LSU GameDay Live on Cox Sports TV. This week I had the chef from Chris’s Specialty Foods cater an alligator-themed spread—fried alligator bites, blackened alligator and a full gator head—to play off of our opponent for this week, the Florida Gators. We shoot our segment and I grab a crawfish pie to-go, because it’s already time to move on to the next job of the day.
11:00 a.m. After shooting my tailgate, I sneak into the locker room to see the ESPN GameDay crew make their picks with guest picker John Goodman and wait for Lee Corso to famously put on the Tiger head signaling an LSU win! I then quickly change into my next outfit of the day—tiger print skirt, custom jean jacket and tennis shoes—to wear for official visits. I grab my “game day Coca-Cola” (it’s my pre-game ritual) and hop on a golf cart to go meet our official visitors who just arrived to campus.
11:30 a.m. After riding through all of the Homecoming festivities, we finally get to the team hotel on a golf cart. I eat breakfast and catch up with our recruits who are on official visits. They are the future of LSU Football, so we show them what makes LSU the best school in the country and share why we love it so much here. Next, I hit the road again for a campus and facility tour.
After touring campus, another outfit change into my game day outfit, watching the team and coaches walk down the Tiger Walk to the stadium, meeting our unofficial visitors, and spending a couple of hours on the sidelines for the big game, I finally make my way to my seat in the press box to cover one of my favorite match-ups of the year.
LSU beat Florida 42-28 in one of the most electric atmospheres I’ve been a part of in Tiger Stadium. Once the game ended, I head to Coach O’s press conference and then interviewed him one-on-one for our website. Coach O has a big smile on his face tonight after the Tigers remain undefeated and get another Top-10 win…and we can still hear the celebration continue outside of the stadium! My day eventually wrapped up when I left campus at 1:30 a.m.
It was a long day, but one of the best days. Days like these remind me there’s no better place on earth or to work and be than in Death Valley on Saturday night with this team!