Wednesday, August 6, 2014

VIP Razorback access

Posted By on Wed, Aug 6, 2014 at 9:24 AM

click to enlarge hogwatch.png

The diehard Hog fan who wrote yesterday to complain about the barring of press from Razorback football practices is seething again on news of Tuesday's Razorback practice. From the official Razorback website report on the secret activity:

Highlights: Even without pads on, the defensive unit partook in a number of tackling drills with dummies... The SEC Network filmed the first half of practice for an all-access segment set to air later on this year, including mic'ing up defensive backs coach Clay Jennings and running backs coach Joel Thomas."

Nate Allen and his pencil and notepad aren't welcome. But the SEC Network is allowed to mic up the players and coach? The SEC Network sees no need to negotiate with Nate as it does with ESPN and Direct TV and such for the big money that pays million-dollar athletic directors and 4-million-dollar coaches. Oh, and helps pay for student athletes to go to class between practices.

And since someone asked:

A: No, the state Freedom of Information Act does not guarantee public access to publicly owned facilities such as Razorback practice fields.

I'm mostly amused by all this. College football is a business. Big business. GM doesn't let Ford or nosy reporters enter its testing facilities as a rule. Of course, if the public owned GM's testing facility, it might present a ticklish question.

AND SPEAKING OF MONEY AND ATHLETICS: I asked the UA for the athletic spending component of the $113 million UA raised in the most recent fiscal year in the form of private donations in support of the Fayetteville campus.

Here's the number:

$27.7 million of the total amount raised was designated for athletics, and $85.6 million went to academics. Or about $1 in every $4.

Tags: , ,

Favorite

Speaking of Razorback Football, SEC Network

Comments

Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-1 of 1

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

Most Shared

  • World leaders set to meet in Little Rock on resource access and sustainable development

    Next week a series of meetings on the use of technology to tackle global problems will be held in Little Rock by Club de Madrid — a coalition of more than 100 former democratic former presidents and prime ministers from around the world — and the P80 Group, a coalition of large public pension and sovereign wealth funds founded by Prince Charles to combat climate change. The conference will discuss deploying existing technologies to increase access to food, water, energy, clean environment, and medical care.
  • Rapert compares Bill Clinton to Orval Faubus

    Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Conway)  was on "Capitol View" on KARK, Channel 4, this morning, and among other things that will likely inspire you to yell at your computer screen, he said he expects someone in the legislature to file a bill to do ... something about changing the name of the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport.

Visit Arkansas

View Trumpeter Swans in Heber Springs

View Trumpeter Swans in Heber Springs

Magness Lake, in Heber Springs, is a magnet for swans

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2016 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation