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.