Did Utah owe FS1 information before kickoff?
“When we’re doing a broadcast we’re basically showcasing and celebrating an event,” Papadakis said.
...as he calls the game from afar in Fox's Los Angeles studio. How do you develop a relationship with any of the coaches when you never actually go to any of the games?
It's tough to have sympathy for Fox, the network that just tried to destroy the Pac-12 (and possibly succeeded, jury's still out). They certainly didn't notify anyone in advance that they were about to nuke the conference.
As a coach I have had kids come up and tell me “I can’t go” right before kick off even my own kid. That’s why I have always run both QB at practice, same plays same drills. It has actually won games for me because the other team has only focused on the starter. The Utah coach played it like a fiddle, “these aren’t the droids your looking for”.
I like Coach Whit too - though what transpired last night seems a bit bush league to me.
I know media like to back up media, but from a fan perspective, it didn't matter to me. In fact, it was nice to see that Petros was just as surprised as I was. It would have bugged me a bit had they been told but not me.
Of course, it has no effect on the game or my enjoyment of it either way, so it's not a big deal either way.
I hope Utah can limp into Eugene with something of a complete roster. That's one of the two remaining "must see" Pac-12 games this season.
FS1 got lazy and didn’t send a sideline reporter. Woulda been nice to have one yesterday! To go along with your theme... FS1 sent their understudy to what deserved a standing ovation on the field.
With that said... I agree w all other points JC.
A lot of people invest enormous amounts of time and money in the game and the teams, which the coaches And their staffs and the schools benefit from enormously. If honest, open, and complete communication doesn't occur, eventually the investors and customers will and should pull the plug on those huge investments in the hands of individuals who demonstrate they should not be e trusted to make responsible decisions. The notion that they should be free to do whatever they want is preposterous.
Grrrreat insight and background John, thank you. Now is an excellent opportunity for George K., Commissioner to make a "statement", penalize Utah. Like you, Utah is usually a class act, well coached. I might have alittle more leeway if this were a college playoff game, but regular season? Shame of Kyle. Dave M
I think the last thing on coaches mind would be to make sure Fox knows. Sounds like it was a game time decision, if the SID knew he/she might give a courtesy heads up, but did they even know given it was so last minute? Additionally, I have a hard time feeling sorry that Fix was left in the dark given their “lack of commitment” (cameras, off site broadcast) to the production. Non issue IMO.
Love what you are doing John!!
Petros is on local radio in LA. Funny as hell!He makes fun of his football broadcasts so I can imagine that he really does not give a shit
K Witt is paid to win football games. It's all he cares about and he is probably the most secretive coach in the PAC 12 if not all of college football. He doesn't care about the broadcast team, gamblers or anyone else outside of his team. If someone from FOX, who didn't care enough about the game to even show up in person is offended, he won't feel one bit sorry for them. He left Pullman with a W for his team - and to him that's all that matters. As a fan, if I had to choose between the win or the disclosure, I would choose the win every day of the week and twice on Sunday.
John, as a guy who wagers (small amounts) on CFB, CFB not having a uniform policy regarding injury reporting is frustrating. I had Utah to cover the -7.5 spread last evening. I never would have made the bet if I knew Rising was not good to go. Get the bet money back? Best of luck.
CFB is a billion dollar+ sport still being run like a corner drug store.
My other beef? Where in the heck were the WSU fans? Another embarrassing look for the Conference of Champions.
All football coaches are the most paranoid bunch in sports, maybe in the world. The NFL will always have rules because they know without gambling and fantasy football they would lose some of their most important customers. Also they would suffer spies, etc. The media spreads enough inaccurate stuff as it is. As a fan and viewer I find it ridiculous that Utah did NOT inform the broadcast crew at least 30 minutes if not hours prior to kick off. Coaches routinely let the broadcasters in on certain game plan items (plays, formations etc) with trust understood. I think Utah owes an explanation. Worse this can lead to even MORE closed door paranoia through out CFB. I can hear rampant" Why should I share info, those guys aren't?.
Great insider story. Those making book would like to have known about Rising before game time. I wondered about the score. I expected Utah to win at WSU. Now it makes sense, with a walk-on QB starting.
Maybe Witt got sidetracked pondering his selections for the next USA Today Coaches Poll. (We know how much research the participating head coaches put into that.) Or perhaps the Utah SID was elbow deep in the press box cold-cut buffet and was temporarily unable to do his job?
Blind-siding works both ways... maybe the network will down play Utah the
next time they telecast one of their games.