VIP Razorback access | Arkansas Blog

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: , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

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…

  • IHOP coming down, but .....

    I always scan the Little Rock City Board for items of interest this week and this one caught my eye: A zoning measure required by a proposal to tear down the IHOP at Markham and University.
    • Apr 30, 2016
  • Rep. Mary Bentley's website now supports gay rights

    Somebody has cybersquatted on Republican Rep. Mary Bentley's website, replacing her messaging with a call for equal rights for LGBTQ people.
    • Jul 18, 2017
  • Saturday's open line

    Got any thoughts? Put them here.
    • May 21, 2016

Most Shared

  • 'Cemetery angel' Ruth Coker Burks featured in new short film

    Ruth Coker Burks, the AIDS caregiver and activist memorably profiled by David Koon as the cemetery angel in Arkansas Times in 2015, is now the subject of a short film made by actress Rose McGowan.
  • Buyer remorse

    Out here in flyover country, you can't hardly go by the feed store without running into a reporter doing one of those Wisdom of the Heartland stories.
  • Not Whitewater

    Just think: If Democrats had turned out 78,000 more votes in three states in November, people could be reveling today in the prospect of impeaching and convicting President Hillary Clinton, not Donald Trump, as some Republican lawmakers had promised to try to do if she won.
  • Head-shaking

    Another edition of so-much-bad-news-so-little space.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation