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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Dooley needs to lighten up

New Louisiana Tech coach Derek Dooley may turn out to be a good head coach, but he's already showing signs that he isn't nearly as media friendly as former coach Jack Bicknell.

In an e-mail from Tech Media Relations Director Malcolm Butler, area media types were told that Dooley doesn't want anyone calling his assistant coaches or his players. Everything must go through Butler. Sounds like Dooley is going to be a Nick Saban-type control freak, which will severely limit the fan's rights to know what's going on in the program.

Someone in charge needs to tell Dooley real quick that he is at Louisiana Tech, not LSU or the Miami Dolphins. Media access is a must if Tech wants to grow its program. Bicknell never had a problem with a phone call directly to him at any time of the day and it didn't bother him if you called one of his players.

If Dooley wants to be successful in Ruston, that's one asset of his predecessor that he should adopt.

26 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you serious? If he's got to choose a template, I'll take Saban over Bicknell any day of the week. His success in Ruston will have nothing to do with the media...it'll be all about wins and losses.

There's a new sheriff in town and he's laying down the law!

6:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Like the Shreveport Times has been a source for anything related to Tech athletics. Most of your information is one to two days late. I get better Tech coverage from the Dallas Morning News than the Shreveport Times.

Most of your "information" is from www.latechbbb.com anyway.

8:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would imagine that weather he talks to you or not will not effect how successful coach Dooley is in Ruston. You have a pretty high opinion of yourself...don't you.

9:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would imagine that weather he talks to you or not will not effect how successful coach Dooley is in Ruston. You have a pretty high opinion of yourself...don't you.

9:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Student athletes aren't required to do anything but succeed in the class room and on the field. Making your job easier is not one of their assignments. Plan ahead make the phone call and take what you get. Or for heaven's sake, dig for your story.

9:57 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Student athletes have no requirements but to succeed in the class room and on the field. Talking to you is not on their list of assignments. Hopefully, Dooley will be so busy working on successful game plans and potential halftime adjustments that he has to schedule time to speak with the media, "gasp"! What a weak complaint to begin your relationship with the new coach.

10:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Student athletes are only asked to be successful in the classroom and on the field. Hopefully JD Dooley and his coaching staff will be so busy developing successful game plans and potential half time adjustments he will have to actually schedule time to speak with the media "gasp"! Make your request and live what you get or dig and develop your own story.

10:13 AM  
Blogger Coleman Furniture said...

Someone needs to let you know that you work at the Shreveport Times not the NY Times. Dooleys success at Tech will have absolutely nothing to do with whether or not he gives you access to his players or coaches.
I'm glad that you think your so important that you can affect the sucess of our football program. But here is a reality check for you. You don't have any influence on Tech athletics whatsoever and you never will. Most Tech fans hold you in contempt for your poor coverage of our university and your condescending attitude towards it. You act as if LSU is the only school in the state and that Tech should feel priveleged just to be somehow associated with them. Your comment about how Dooley is at Louisiana Tech, not LSU or Miami is a perfect example of this. I'm sure coach Dooley apprecitates the insult.
If it's too much for you to go through Malcolm Butler like everybody else is going to have to then I have a suggestion for you. Don't cover Tech anymore leave it to someone more qualified like one of your interns. It doesn't matter much anyway because most Tech fans stopped reading your rag years ago.

Cordell Coleman

10:33 AM  
Blogger Coleman Furniture said...

Someone needs to let you know that you work at the Shreveport Times not the NY Times. Dooleys success at Tech will have absolutely nothing to do with whether or not he gives you access to his players or coaches.
I'm glad that you think your so important that you can affect the sucess of our football program. But here is a reality check for you. You don't have any influence on Tech athletics whatsoever and you never will. Most Tech fans hold you in contempt for your poor coverage of our university and your condescending attitude towards it. You act as if LSU is the only school in the state and that Tech should feel priveleged just to be somehow associated with them. Your comment about how Dooley is at Louisiana Tech, not LSU or Miami is a perfect example of this. I'm sure coach Dooley apprecitates the insult.
If it's too much for you to go through Malcolm Butler like everybody else is going to have to then I have a suggestion for you. Don't cover Tech anymore leave it to someone more qualified like one of your interns. It doesn't matter much anyway because most Tech fans stopped reading your rag years ago.

Cordell Coleman

10:34 AM  
Blogger Coleman Furniture said...

Someone needs to let you know that you work at the Shreveport Times not the NY Times. Dooleys success at Tech will have absolutely nothing to do with whether or not he gives you access to his players or coaches.
I'm glad that you think your so important that you can affect the sucess of our football program. But here is a reality check for you. You don't have any influence on Tech athletics whatsoever and you never will. Most Tech fans hold you in contempt for your poor coverage of our university and your condescending attitude towards it. You act as if LSU is the only school in the state and that Tech should feel priveleged just to be somehow associated with them. Your comment about how Dooley is at Louisiana Tech, not LSU or Miami is a perfect example of this. I'm sure coach Dooley apprecitates the insult.
If it's too much for you to go through Malcolm Butler like everybody else is going to have to then I have a suggestion for you. Don't cover Tech anymore leave it to someone more qualified like one of your interns. It doesn't matter much anyway because most Tech fans stopped reading your rag years ago.

Cordell Coleman

10:35 AM  
Blogger Brian McCallum said...

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1:55 PM  
Blogger Brian McCallum said...

Well, both Jimmy and Dooley are right. On the one hand, it should always be the policy of the athletic department that all interviews go through the SID. That makes it fair for all the media. On the other hand, Tech is NOT LSU, and it needs all the coverage it can get. The thought that Dooley will be successful without media coverage is silly.
Particularly at Tech. I don't think the athletic department is selling many tickets, and, honestly, winning hasn't sold many there either. It's going to take getting the public interested.
It humors me that a fan would express joy at a coach not talking to the media and then complain in the SAME POST that a team doesn't get enough coverage. Think about that for a second!

1:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey McCallum, isn't there a high school basketball game you should be covering?

Tech doesn't need your excuse for a newspaper to be successful. What an asinine statement.

Jimmy Watson is asking for a backlash with this post. There is very little coverage for Tech in The Times. On Dec. 4, these are the names Scott Ferrell came up with as likely replacements for Head Football Coach at Tech: Conroy Hines, Pete Perot, Ed Jackson, Clint Conque, Art Kaufman, and Keith Burns! Are you kidding me?...boy, he was all over that story!

For a Times reporter to whine about media access is the definition of irony. I'm guessing Dooley doesn't need Jimmy Watson's advice to achieve success. What a joke!

2:49 PM  
Blogger Scott Ferrell said...

As for the first names following Bicknell's firing, the only names that were out there were names that were long shots at best. Those names in the first story were those who had ties to the university or had interviewed in the past.

4:30 PM  
Blogger Jimmy Watson said...

The arrogance and ignorance of some Tech fans is humorous. The Times covered every Tech home football game in person and wrote an advance on every game (home and away). There were also other stories published every week during the season. Your comment that we don't cover Tech is asinine. And you obviously don't understand about deadlines. When you need a coach and have five minutes to write a story, you don't have time to call an SID to set something up. We always go though the SID to set up a player interview, unless it's a local kid who talked to us while he was in high school.
If we want to talk to Ed Jackson about how the defensive line will defend Boise's running game, you think we should call Malcolm, who gets Dooley on the line -- then we ask if it's okay to talk to Jackson. That's a waste of at least three person's jobs.
By the way, we led the way on the Tech coaching search. Info in The Times was a day ahead of other media -- and we were there in Ruston to cover the hiring.
I'm glad that you're proud of your new coach, but he is making it harder to cover your Bulldogs. Who cares if he wins and no one knows about it? Apparently you.

4:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jimmy and Scott-

The two of you certainly seem to be on edge! Your paper consistently gives far superior coverage to LSU over Tech. Saturdays box scores are rarely in Sunday's paper, even for games played in Ruston. LSU could play at Hawaii and you would have the box score in Sunday's paper. You consistently make comments similar to "this is not LSU or the Miami Dolphins". We realize that LA Tech is a mid-major program that has been struggling the past few years, but Dooley should have the right to run this program however he sees fit. Our administration and alumni have placed our confidence and expectations in his hands.

As for your superior coverage during the hiring process, the News Star covered this Tech situation better as usual!

Greg Lolley

5:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe that you still work for the Times....You are an idiot. I can see that you might want to have some access to the coach, but to players??? Come on. Tech doesn't want to always be small time enough for a local yocal like yourself to have total access to the players. By the way... the fans don't have a RIGHT to information. Don't think I'll be reading your idiotic comments anymore!!!

7:53 PM  
Blogger Lee Hiller said...

Well Greg you fall in line with some of these other posters. You don't know enough about how The Times gets a paer out and the deadlines that must be met to get the paper out to the surrounding area of North Louisiana. The first editions that go out to the area outside of Caddo and Bossier Parishes have a copy deadline of 10:15 to 10:20. Deadlnes flucuate at times, but our final page must be sent at 10:30 and we don't send all the sports pages at the same time. Certain pages are prioritized to go out later than others. We are dependant on the Tech SID office to get the stats for a box score to the AP in time to be input and sent out to us for print. All too often the stats we receive from Tech are faxed to us after 10:30, which is probably the same for everybody else, which gives us no chance of getting those stats in a Sunday edition outside of Caddo-Bossier parishes. We make every attempt to get the Northwestern St., Grambling St. and La. Tech stats in that first edition as best as possible. It is definitely a priority of ours that we just can't always hit.

10:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Who cares if he wins and no one knows about it?"

Did I just read that? So, if the Times doesn't report the Dooley's team wins, no one will know about it? And you call us the arrogant ones!

12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You said that Dooley needs to take a lesson from Bicknell? Please, if you had been reading what you were writing the last few years, you would realize we need some changes. IF all this great media coverage you have provided is what is building our program, by all means STOP! We are declining instead of growing. You have had it your way (with Bicknell giving you what ever you want) Now lets try it the Dooley way! Go ahead Dr. Dooley, Lay down the LAW!

BulldogLatech

12:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You said that Dooley needs to take a lesson from Bicknell? Please, if you had been reading what you were writing the last few years, you would realize we need some changes. IF all this great media coverage you have provided is what is building our program, by all means STOP! We are declining instead of growing. You have had it your way (with Bicknell giving you what ever you want) Now lets try it the Dooley way! Go ahead Dr. Dooley, Lay down the LAW!

BulldogLatech

12:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder how the Times did such a great job covering lsu during the Saban years? It seems that anything is possible, doesn't it?

4:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I wonder how the Times did such a great job of covering lsu during the Saban years? Come on, Jimmy, stating that Tech is not lsu, was a pretty crummy thing to say. Maybe, the Times needs to start looking at Tech as what it COULD be and stop knocking it down. I hope that you and the Times will get to the point that your respect the only 1a program in your backyard and not one that is 5 hours away.

4:16 AM  
Blogger Pedro Pizarro said...

"Go ahead Dr. Dooley, Lay down the LAW!"

I didn't know Dooley was a doctor. I thought it was his wife. Get your facts straight before wasting bandwidth (and oxygen).

"Tech doesn't want to always be small time enough for a local yocal like yourself to have total access to the players"

No access for local yokels. Does that count for the News-Star too? I hope not, because AP or any other news outlet will never write about the Bulldogs unless they play out of state.

"By the way... the fans don't have a RIGHT to information."

Then why all the complaining about the lack of Tech coverage in The Times?

"Don't think I'll be reading your idiotic comments anymore!!!"

Same here.

12:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pizarro...when he uses "Dr." I think he's referring to "Juris Dr." You do know what that is, right?

You get your facts straight before calling someone on the carpet.

3:16 PM  
Blogger Pedro Pizarro said...

Actually, it's a Juris Doctorate, although Juris Doctor is an acceptable variation.

Be that as it may, I've never heard any attorney referred to as a doctor, unless they also had a medical degree (although using the title Dr. is OK for a lawyer, but it is not a common practice because it is pretentious).

What about Coach Derek Dooley, Esquire?

4:23 PM  

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