Self importance to millionaire head football coaches has become the name of the game with the open press. Yesterday, Oklahoma State Head coach told the press to not ask his players about a certain member of the team that decided to quit the team with a redshirt so as to play a full season with another team in the future. Coach Gundy, through an associate athletic director at the university, and reported by a professor of the University through the social media, relayed the threat to the media. Saying that if any member of the press asked a current player about the departure of the player, they, the complete press, would be off limits to the complete team for the rest of the season.
Well, bully for “I’m a man” Coach Mike. It seems that this coach has become the latest college football coach to threaten the open press.
From reporter Andrew Buckholtz (the Comeback.com):
Thus, it’s important for journalists to flag and report completely over the top moves like Gundy’s, and for the public to respond in a way that makes it clear this isn’t acceptable. There’s still likely going to be a gradual tightening of restrictions, and that will be harder to stop. But cases like this do illustrate just how far some coaches are trying to go, and how it can easily become a national story when they try that. Maybe some other coaches will learn from that and realize they shouldn’t push quite as far as Gundy tried to here.
The press that covers the OSU football team should do Coach Gundy one better. Do not show up at the next press conference he holds, do not attend the next football game Oklahoma State plays, and tell the coach to go find someone that is interested in listening to his crap. The OSU football team, the athletic department, and the University need the open and free press more than the open and free press need him, his football team, or his school. A big time asshole at least, and a crude and rude bully at most, Gundy should know better than make the press his opponent. Not good in any way. That is the way I see it sports fans.
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