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Bo Carter resigns from Big 12

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Hed bust, Aug 2, 2006.

  1. Hed bust

    Hed bust Guest

    Saw this in Dallas Morning News over weekend
    He tells me they "don't want media relations people in the Big 12 offices"
    What a shame they've evolved to that
    Perpetually contrite SWC-Big 12 mainstay Bo Carter movin' on

    By Kevin Sherrington
    Dallas Morning News (Sunday Brunch, July 30, 2006)

    After 20 years with the Southwest Conference and Big 12, Bo Carter professes no regrets in abandoning his latest post as historian.

    And if you know Bo, the sentiment might surprise you.

    He's been sorry about everything else.

    The most deferential man ever to work in the SWC once apologized to a woman after she ran into his parked car at a party ... concluded a 4 a.m. call from a sports writer with, "Thanks for calling. Call any time." ... sends thank-you notes for thank-you notes ... watched his team's game-winning home run, turned to an opposing athletic official and apologized for the wind.

    He's meant every sorry word, too. Former Auburn AD David Housel, himself a legend in the business, once called Bo "the most sincere person I've ever known."

    If not the most dynamic, as I wrote in 1989:

    "Slight of build and stoop-shouldered, he walks as if his feet hurt. He frequently removes his wire-rimmed glasses for cleaning, forcing him to squint considerably. He wears Hush Puppies and a smile that says, 'Don't hit me.'

    "His form of conversation is one of the most mimicked in SWC circles. The official Bo dialect is a series of darting, random thoughts connected loosely by a string of apologies, thanks, snickers and an occasional 'Just kidding,' all delivered in a secretive, even conspiratorial tone of voice."

    Except for the Hush Puppies, he's no different at 54. Forever the Southern gentleman.

    "I have not had a bad day at work," he says.

    Elected to the College Sports Information Directors of America Hall of Fame last year, he wants to stay in the business. If there's any justice, he will. He's been lauded by everyone who's worked with him, and for reasons you might not expect.

    Glen Stone, formerly TCU's sports information director, once told about a knock on the door of a press box restroom.

    "Mr. Stone?"

    "Yeah, Bo?"

    "Is everything OK?"

    "Uh, sure, Bo."

    "You know," Stone said later, "that's the only time anyone has ever asked me that question in that situation."

    Bo's thoughtful. Attended Vanderbilt on an academic scholarship. Graduated cum laude in classical studies despite working part-time in the sports information office and at the Nashville Tennessean.

    Too nice to be a sports writer. Luckily he found his calling and match. Dr. Joanne Pryor-Carter counsels terminally ill patients and was recently elected vice president of the Texas-New Mexico Hospice Organization.

    Joanne once told me she didn't find her job depressing because "the dying have so much to teach us about living. You never give up hope."

    And if that doesn't define her, then perhaps this story does: Joanne and Bo are at a party when she notices the host's son thrashing in the deep end of the pool. Next thing you know, Joanne jumps in and hauls him out.

    As heroine and child stand shivering and soaked among shocked party-goers, it figures how Bo reacts.

    Apologizes for the dripping.

    Preemptive note: No, Bo. Thank you.

    E-mail ksherrington@dallasnews.com
  2. Cadet

    Cadet Guest

    In my limited dealings with him, truly a class act. A loss for the profession.
  3. A big loss for the Big 12, and an even bigger one for the media. Bo was always looking out for us.
  4. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Kevin Weiberg and Tim Allen are a couple of fucking idiots.

    The way they fucked Bo in the last year is one of the more unprofessional things I've ever seen. He's a better man than either one of the lightweight fucks who forced him out.
  5. Jake_Taylor

    Jake_Taylor Well-Known Member

    What's the story with this and why would anyone ever want to screw Bo over?
  6. estreetband75

    estreetband75 Member

    Be interested to see how Bo got screwed.

    A great guy -- when I was a student reporter at a Big 12 school, treated me the same way as a guy from KC or OKC.
  7. GB6824

    GB6824 New Member

    Bo is one of the nicest guys I've ever come across. Never been asked so much whether or not I had everything I needed. Hope he gets another job in the field quick.
  8. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    They demoted him last year and have been trying to run him off ever since.
  9. SockPuppet

    SockPuppet Active Member

    No doubt that Bo is a great guy. However ...

    As the main info guy at a BCS conference, Bo is not the guy you want constantly apologizing and stammering when dealing the media. If you ever heard the weekly FB coaches conference calls, it was embarrassing how Bo slobbered over the coaches and wrapped up their time by repeating, "Coach Blank, we'll let you get back to preparations.''

    At that level, the conference info guy needs to be dialed in to what's going on. That way you don't always need to talk with the commish on every topic; the info guy can give you a quote or point you in the right direction.

    Under Bo, B12 conference football media guides were a joke. One year, the two-deep chart for Missouri FROM THE PREVIOUS year was included. Names were misspelled, facts incorrect.

    Sorry for Bo, but the Big 12 is better off.
  10. Hed bust

    Hed bust Guest

    First off, that's what the commish's job ought to be ... to answer questions about the state of the conference. He certainly shouldn't dodge issues under the cover of someone in the media relations dept. Too many of these commishes are suffy, suit-wearing bureaucratic jerks who never want to tell you anything except how much revenue the conference is generating or simply 'how great things are' with their league.
    As for the comment that Bo'd let them "get back to preparations" I'll call bullshit again.
    What sort of spine-tingling commentary do these coaches and players give during teleconferences anyway? Not much in the places where I've dialed in.
    So what if Bo said the same thing over and over.
    And if you are counting on using a Big 12 media guide to do stories, and not checking your stuff with net-based rosters or pure memory, then you are doing a job anyone on this board could do.
    The schools' individual media guides are the final measuring stick.
    (And did Bo put together and proof the Big 12 guide ever year? Alone?)
    I don't think so. Let's share the pain there.
    In my opinion, the Big 12 offices have for some time been seeking to employ a group that is much younger, age-wise, than Bo and a lot of the other greats in the profession.
    The offices at all of these big conferences like to have a young bunch of people. Many of them do nothing except hand the keys to the Xerox machine to college-age "aides" come conference tourney time or gameday.
    The industry could do so much more for itself.
    Bo Carter was the opposite. He could never do enough.
  11. occasionally

    occasionally Member

    It only takes five words to describe Bo:

    Nicest man on the planet.
  12. SockPuppet

    SockPuppet Active Member

    Hed Bust:
    I question your knowledge of how things work. Weiberg is one of the most accessible commissioners around and he's forthright in answering questions. HOWEVER: There are plenty of minor issues where I don't feel a commish needs to be bothered. What if you've heard a tip about something? If you trust the people you're working with _ and I trust Bob Burda and Rob Corolla in the B12 office _ you can call them and they can call BS on the tip or let you know if it's worth pursuing. Burda knows what's going on. The NFL Network recently announced it was televising two bowls that have deals with the B12. Our writer was able to e-mail Burda to get some details and comments to do a story. It wasn't worth tracking down Weiberg.
    The media guide deal? Hey, we ain't talking about a typo, folks. We're talking about a team's two-deep chart that was a year old. HB, if you don't think those guides should provide accurate reference material, then you're full of it.
    AGAIN: No doubt, Bo Carter is the "nicest guy on the planet." That doesn't mean he's cut out to be a conference media guy.
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