College sports staffs using more new media to cover key football games

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The Michigan Daily offers solid print coverage, blogs, and has started to broadcast on blip.tv.

The Michigan Daily offers solid print coverage, blogs, and has started to broadcast on blip.tv.

In-state rivalries. Border clashes. Conference openers. This first full week of college football features more than a few compelling (and significant) games. But I am just as excited by the number of college newspaper staffs that are starting to publish sports blogs, offering real-time coverage online, and developing pocasts. Of course, coverage in any media should start with solid reporting. Check out how college newspapers across the country preview these big games. (On the other hand, I was also surprised how many college newspapers did not offer any type of preview story online. Thought ‘Bama and Vols fans lived for football.)

No. 6 Missouri, which returns talented quarterback Chase Daniel, arguably should have been a BCS team last season, proven by the Tigers’ thrashing of Arkansas, 38-17, in the Cotton Bowl. No. 20 Illinois, meanwhile, may have been ranked a little higher than it deserved. A 49-17 loss to Southern Cal in the Rose Bowl did not change that perception. The Illini have since lost running back Rashard Mendenhall to the Pittsburgh Steelers and now must rely on option quarterback Juice Williams. Missouri and Illinois meet tonight in St. Louis. Both teams, says Daily Illini writer Laura Hettiger, will be trying to prove they deserve their preseason rankings. The Maneater’s Lenny Goldman says the Tigers defense is unproven, although the squad showed improvement at the end of last season. For the record, Missouri won this border clash last season, 40-34. (The Daily Illini and Maneater have both started a sports blog. Good job.)

Washington travels across the border to face No. 21 Oregon for the 101st time tonight, although this is only the second team the two Pac-10 teams face off in a season opener. Huskies sophomore quarterback Jake Locker concerns the Ducks. “Jake Locker is a tremendous athlete, a tremendous quarterback and a tremendous competitor. He is, in my opinion, probably the most difficult weapon to defense in Division I football,” Oregon coach Mike Bellotti said. “He’s faster than you think, he’s stronger than you think and he possesses a very strong arm … You have to be aware, every single play, where he is.”

Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez may not name the Wolverines’ starting quarterback until right before today’s game – at least publicly. “No, I’m not ready to announce one today,” Rodriguez said. “Even if I was ready to, I’m trying to think ‘Why would I?'” (Selfish.) But the Michigan Daily does a terrific job tracking down this, and other stories, related to today’s opener against Utah. (The newspaper also has a sports game blog. Apparently, the staff will broadcast part of their coverage on blip.tv.) I’d say this is an easy tune-up before the real season begins, but we all remember last year’s exciting (or terrifying?) finish with Appalachian State.

The Rocky Mountain Collegian offers several stories leading to this afternoon’s game against Colorado – a feature on first-year coach Steve Fairchild, a former Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator, a column (but what is ‘hoodoo?’), and a preview. The Rams appear much excited for this game than the Buffs. “This game is one of the biggest stages to come on and show what you’re all about as an individual and for the team,” said CSU linebacker Ricky Brewer. “So I think this game here is gonna set the tone for us and, what bigger stage to do it on than the Rocky Mountain Showdown versus CU?” Colorado’s Campus Press is not so ramped up, though. The newspaper offers stories on the team’s new captains and another on football fan etiquette but the newspaper did not post a game preview for today’s game.

No. 17 Tennessee faces a UCLA defense that lost seven starters from last year’s team. The Daily Bruin did not publish a game preview online for this game, but they did start a sports blog. Check it out. By the way, the Bruin staff picks UCLA to upset the Vols, 17-14.

Clemson takes on Alabama in the Georgia Dome. Tommy Bowden has never won an ACC conference title. Not sure if this will be the year for the No. 9 Tigers. The Crimson White did not publish a game preview online for its football starved fans, instead posting this abbreviated opening line. Perhaps, someone forgot to post the entire story online.

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2 Responses to “College sports staffs using more new media to cover key football games”

  1. Nick Hubel Says:

    The Rocky Mountain Collegian (Colorado State) sports desk started a blog with videos, in-game blogs and analysis and other news this past week. Check it out if you have time and let me know what you think! Here’s the link: http://www.studentmediacorp.com/sportsblog/

    Thanks,

    Nick Hubel
    Sports Editor
    The Rocky Mountain Collegian

  2. redsoxmaniac Says:

    Michigan Daily is using the slideshow flickr module, which is confusing for end-users. They would be better to run something such as slideshowpro or smooth gallery.

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