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Toughest college programs to cover

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

  1. Pencil Dick

    Pencil Dick Member

    Can't imagine Coach Fran's thrown open the doors to the media covering Texas A&M.

    Never covered him at Alabama or TCU, but people I know who did say it was brutal with all his secretive shit about injuries, etc.
     
  2. Bubbler

    Bubbler Well-Known Member

    Bingo! Although the school I had been covering doesn't qualify, their access is good.
     
  3. Jeff_Rake

    Jeff_Rake Member

    1) Virginia
    2) K-State
     
  4. slipshod

    slipshod Member

    I only covered K-State once, which happened to be the Fiesta Bowl when the QB was accused of sexual assault (but never arrested) in an incident that occurred a night or two before the biggest game in the program's history. Coach is Mr. Personality and the bunker was closed and locked for this one.
    Felt kinda bad about writing about a case where no charges were filed, but the Paradise Valley Police Dept. did put out a news release...
     
  5. pressboxer

    pressboxer Active Member

    There's some kind of connection here. If I could only put my finger on it ...
     
  6. Dude

    Dude Active Member

    Isn't Syracuse's SID a pain to deal with?


    You would think Bin Laden is holed up in the Jordan Center or something the way Jeff Nelson and his little army handles media covering Penn State.
     
  7. Cosmo

    Cosmo Well-Known Member

    Hondo, take this example: Virginia vs. Virginia Tech.

    Virginia -- Al Groh won't let his assistants speak, practices are closed to the media and public. Player availability, until this season, was awful. You could ask for someone to show up Tuesday, but they wouldn't bring who you'd want. The SID staff there now at least has tried to bridge a gap by bringing players before Groh talks on Tuesdays. There's no showing up to practice and grabbing someone. You get who they give you.

    Virginia Tech -- Frank Beamer and his assistants are completely accessible. Practices (except for one a season, I believe) are open to the media. Players are available after practice every day as long as you set it up with the SID staff. An air of friendliness with the media pervades.

    Mr. Restricted Access coach has been to bowl games in Nashville and Boise the last couple of years and probably won't go to a bowl this year. Beamer has been the New Orleans and Jacksonville and a BCS bowl this year is a distinct possibility.

    Yep, that bunker mentality really helps with focus, Al. ::)
     
  8. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Cosmo is correct, one practice a year is closed. Players are not available after Monday and Friday sessions, which is reasonable. Available after all the others. Coaches, staff available all week and most give out their cell phones without a second thought.
     
  9. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    One practice is closed? One? Which one?

    Fuck Al Groh and Charlie Weis, two dickheads who would be coaching HS ball on Long Island and in New Jersey if not for Parcells. Funny how Parcells gets blamed for the "one voice" mentality yet always provided writers with plenty to work with and players who didn't sound as if they'd just graduated from Deprogrammed U.
     
  10. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    The last one of the preseason. They do a regular scrimmage on the next to last day and they do some work on the final day on all the unusual situations that can crop up along with some trick plays and the like. And for some reason, that's the one they close and the only one. And the guys who cover are like hell yeah, you can keep THAT one closed.

    Head coach, two assistants and a dozen players at the most recent postgame. Hard to beat that.
     
  11. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    Interesting. I wondered if they shut down a practice before the bowl game.

    Me, personally, I find nothing more boring than football practice. (We talking 'bout practice!) So I'd probably like covering Dickhead Weis in that regard.
     
  12. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    No, but the whole thing isn't open like it is now. Just half. Any player or coach you want beforehand.
     
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