I’ve got a question for you this morning.
Do you guys care about media availability? It’s been a bit of a subject recently at Florida, where head coach Will Muschamp speaks only once a week to the media, and it comes up now and then at places all across the country.
The issue is how much coaches and players, particularly star players, speak to the media.
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier has been very accessible this preseason. In fact, he’s spoken more in the last three weeks than at any time in my two-plus years on the beat, and I’d guess that no coach in the SEC, maybe the country, has addressed the media more during fall camp. That is good for the media, of course, because it helps us fill our stories with good, accurate information, and I believe it’s good for the fans for the same reason.
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On the flip side, star running back Marcus Lattimore has not spoken to the media since the first week of fall camp. Lattimore was not available to the media following the team’s three full-contact scrimmages to discuss how he’s feeling about his surgically repaired left knee after taking contact. And I don’t know if the Lattimore’s absence from the public eye has been his choice or Spurrier’s choice.
My question for you this morning, is do you care enough for me write a story on the subject? I think it’s interesting but that may be because I’m a member of the media. The kinds of things I would ask are what factors go into Spurrier talking or not talking after practice, what are the details of his availability vs. other coaches in the league, which head coaches allow assistants to speak to the media (Spurrier does), etc.
So, fire away. I’m not interested in doing a self-serving, media-focused story if it’s not something you guys want to know. However, if you find it interesting, let me know and I’ll look into it.