Posts Tagged ‘Arbiter’

Sports writers sound off on BCS

December 1, 2008

The Oklahoma Daily embraced the latest shift in the BCS polls. Oklahoma’s college newspaper blasted the news that the Sooners had leaped over the Longhorns in a huge headline. The lead story clearly shows the newspaper has no problem with the BCS outcome.

After a month of calamity in the BCS, the computers shined OU’s way and have landed the Sooners at No. 2 in the nation and in their third straight Big 12 Championship game.

I’m not so sure the calamity has ended, though. Only a true playoff system could halt the problems associated with pollsters and computer rankings. (more…)


College SIDs, newspapers clashing over access to players

October 23, 2008

Before Sarah Jones can interview an athlete at Fairleigh Dickinson University, she must contact the athletic department and let them know about the scheduled meeting. As sports editor of the Equinox, Jones is required to cite the date, time and place where she will interview the player.

At the University of Texas in Austin, reporters are usually limited to speaking with athletes brought to press conferences after basketball and football games. During this time, sports information associates may even tell players: “You don’t have to answer that.”

More and more, sports information directors are trying to control access to players and coaches, requiring journalists to schedule interviews through their offices in what the SID at Baylor calls “hard-and-fast rules.”