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Toughest college programs to cover

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by 85bears, Sep 22, 2006.

  1. 85bears

    85bears Member

    In honor of the FWAA delivering its directories last night, I was flipping through and wondering about this.


    1. Penn State - Maybe you get players, maybe you don't this week. You never know. Plus, at a public university, the head coach's salary is a closely guarded secret.

    2. Notre Dame - Terrible access. Combative head coach. Private university that reveals absolutely nothing, and doesn't need to, because they'll be covered corner-to-corner regardless.

    3. Alabama - They don't call it "Fort Shula" for nothing. And you'll work to death on this beat.

    4. Michigan - Boring head coach who becomes flat-out surly after a loss. Player access one day a week, take it or leave it.

    5. Temple - Just because you have to watch Temple every week.
  2. Norman Stansfield

    Norman Stansfield Active Member

    Interesting list.

    Since I cover college hoops, I'd be interested to see peoples' lists in that sport also.

    I don't do enough national stuff to know one way or the other, and the team I cover is pretty good with access/info distribution. Certainly better than it was.
  3. Idaho

    Idaho Active Member

    how about the ones that flat out suck and have worthless SIDs?
  4. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Potty mouth.
  5. Shaggy

    Shaggy Guest

    I can't remember the whole story, but shouldn't a lawsuit all but take care of any secret surrounding Paterno's salary?
  6. spup1122

    spup1122 Guest

    The State Blue Book would have their "salary" in it. It doesn't include everything, but I have heard it's pretty close to accurate.
  7. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    Is Penn State's athletic department set up as an independent entity? If it is, then he wouldn't be a state employee.
  8. Claws for Concern

    Claws for Concern Active Member

    Notre Dame would seem to me to be the toughest to cover. The "U" might be a close second.
  9. 85bears

    85bears Member

    Doesn't the "U" have open locker rooms and wide open access during the week?
  10. Thinking Man

    Thinking Man Member

    I worked at Ann Arbor for awhile and saw the bullshit people had to go through to cover U-M football. No thanks. The other sports are a bit better there, especially hockey.
  11. Claws for Concern

    Claws for Concern Active Member

    Perhaps, but I was just thinking about all of the stuff that goes along with covering Miami.
  12. HejiraHenry

    HejiraHenry Well-Known Member

    In interviewing once at Ann Arbor, a great deal of emphasis was put on the difficulties of dealing with Carr's office.

    But you might get that in any big NCAA D-i town, I dunno.
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