Posts Tagged ‘Florida football’

Crimson White, Daily Texan blitz coverage

December 5, 2009

The Crimson White produced a terrific publication previewing today's SEC title game.

So what are college newspapers saying about three big games set for kickoff today?

Florida vs. Alabama

The Independent Alligator offers a story that is filled mostly with overview and background. The ‘Gator also includes several columns along with a podcast where football writers preview the SEC Championship game. Decent content. But nothing spectacular for a game promoted as ‘the game of the millennium’ on the podcast. Columnist Mike McCall says he’s pulling for several teams (Texas Christian, Boise State and Cincinnati) to win so there will be added pressure on college football officials to create a playoff system. Good luck convincing those greedy, self-serving league officials to change the system, Mike, but keep trying.

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BCS is an illogical end to a season

November 30, 2008

Once again, college football’s top level, Division I, will have a pseudo champion, one determined as much off the field as on it. So why should anybody care? They shouldn’t. Athletic directors, college presidents, NCAA officials and any sports writers who support the current system should be ashamed.

cartoon by NICK ANDERSON/Houston Chronicle

cartoon by NICK ANDERSON/Houston Chronicle

A playoff would offer a true football champion, something that is done at NCAA Division I-AA, II, III (and at IV, V and VI, if they had them). Playoffs determine titlists in baseball, basketball, field hockey, ice hockey, and lacrosse, among others.

Yet, NCAA Division I football would rather be lumped together with figure skating, synchronized swimming, and competitive cheerleading, sports that rely on judges to determine winners. (Oklahoma, Oklahoma, that’s our team, if they can’t go to the BCS then nobody can! Woo.)

Let’s face it: The BCS is not working.

The latest evidence? At least two Big 12 teams are going to get sacked because they happened to have lost later in the season. Texas lost to Texas Tech about a month ago, while Texas Tech lost to Oklahoma a few weeks ago. That Oklahoma lost to Texas is okay, though, since that defeat came early in the season. These three teams are tied atop the Big 12’s South division, but only one team will go to the conference championship. That will be determined when the new BCS standings come out later today. (more…)

Where are the weekend updates?

September 21, 2008
The Independent Alligator posted 1 game story, 3 sidebars and 1 blog online about Florida's football game this weekend.

The Independent Alligator posted 1 game story, 3 sidebars and 1 blog online Saturday about Florida's victory over Tennessee.

The Independent Alligator blew out its coverage of Florida’s easy victory over Tennessee, one of two big Southeastern Conference football games this weekend. (I guess when you have five teams in the Associated Press top 10, your conference will have plenty of big games each week.) The Independent Alligator filed a gamer, a sidebar on running back Brandon James, two other siders and a live game blog (glog). By far, the best weekend coverage by any college newspaper this weekend.

But I am always a little perplexed why a staff would not devote some resources to cover other weekend events. Florida’s student newspaper clearly has the resources to cover sports during the weekend, yet the staff did not file a story on the Gators’ equally amazing performances in cross country. The Gators’ men and women each blew away the competition in the 20th annual Mountain Dew Invitational. The men even took the top five spots for the bare minimum 15 team points. The women scored 17 points.

The Independent Alligator does a terrific job covering sports, as I have noted before. However, sports staffs need to start posting updates for other sports as well, especially if the newspaper has enough sportswriters to do so. Football is not the only sport during the weekend. College newspapers should also file stories on soccer games, cross country invitationals, and volleyball matches through the weekend. Still, the Independent Alligator is far ahead of most other college newspapers in offering weekend sports updates. Tennessee’s Daily Beacon Online has not updated anything for almost a week.

Several other schools failed to offer any sports updates during the weekend. The Daily Bruin did not post a gamer on the Bruins’ 31-10 loss to Arizona but they did post a live-game blog (or Glog). Not sure why this coverage extended through only three quarters, though. You also cannot find any sports updates from the following college newspapers – South Carolina’s Daily Gamecock, Connecticut’s Daily Campus, Alabama’s Crimson White, Oregon State’s Barometer, the Michigan Daily, the Daily Texan, Notre Dame’s Observer, Southern Cal’s Daily Trojan, Kansas State Collegian, Auburn Plainsman, Wake Forest’s Old Gold and Black, and the FSU News, to name just a few.

Here’s how a few other college newspapers covered sports this weekend.

■ The Daily Reveille relies on an Associated Press story after No. 6 Louisiana State defeated No. 10 Auburn 26-21 victory in a late-night game. But LSU’s newspaper also offered a live-game blog throughout the game. The Auburn Plainsman did not have any coverage as of late Sunday morning.

■ The Daily Kansan did a great job posting a variety of information online after the Jayhawks thrashed Sam Houston State, 38-14. The staff posted a live-game blog, a photo gallery, a podcast, and a game story. However, the gamer did not include the score. … The Daily Skiff offers a solid gamer on Texas Christian University’s 48-7 romp over Southern Methodist, which earned the Horned Frogs the Iron Skillet.

■ Cash Kruth does a great job assessing the reasons Michigan State ran over Notre Dame in a game story that is both well-written and well-sourced in the State News.

■ Penn has not defeated Villanova since 1911. A fumble in overtime prevented the Quakers from finally prevailing in this rivalry. David Gurian-Peck keyed on that play to write a solid game story in the Daily Pennsylvanian.

Virginia Tech scored 17 unanswered points to rally past North Carolina, 20-17, a game the Collegiate Times covered well. The Daily Tar Heel, meanwhile, posted a short basic gamer.

■ The Daily Collegian offers a great deal of updated weekend sports information. Penn State’s newspaper tells readers that five tennis players advanced in a tournament and that Joe Paterno watched the Nittany Lions’ rout of Temple, 45-0, from the press box. Apparently, he hurt his leg the week before. They even posted an update after Florida State’s loss to Wake Forest, something that enabled Paterno to become college football’s winningest coach for at least a week. The newspaper did a fine job offering updated sports results but the staff might want to consider expanding these gamers in the future.

■ In the Daily Eastern News, Scott Richey posted a solid game story on Eastern Illinois’ 25-21 victory over Illinois State that focused on key plays and included comments from coaches on both teams.

■ Houston’s rally fell short against Colorado State, but the Daily Cougar did not. Houston’s college newspaper posted a story on the Cougars’ 28-25 loss in Fort Collins, Colo., that included the key facts, key plays, and comments from key people. … Oregon also failed to recovered from an early deficit in losing to Boise State, 37-32, a game the Daily Emerald covered on Saturday.

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