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O'Leary and the high horse he rode in on.

Posted on: July 21, 2008 9:31 am

Wow, does George O'Leary have a set.

As you'll see below the Central Florida coach is refusing to speak to the Orlando Sentinel for what he says are errors in its coverage of Ereck Plancher's death. By the way, O'Leary, in Mike Gundyesque fashion, has refused to name those "errors." 

Of course, if there is anyone who knows about misinformation it should be O'Leary. Let's not the forget that the only reason he's at UCF is because of that little scandal at Notre Dame. O'Leary had years to own up to his little white lies and didn't. The Sentinel is begging him to tell it what it did wrong. Instead, O'Leary is pouting and acting like Harry High School. The coach has dragged this issue into the gutter by refusing to speak to Sentinel reporters at Conference USA media days. If they sit at a roundtable with other reporters, the interviews are over.

Classy, George. Punish everyone for the perceived slights of one.

Where is AD Keith Tribble to tell O'Leary to cut this crap out right now now?

Where is Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky to privately tell O'Leary to cooperate during one of the conference's signature events?

So now we're down to a pissing match. O'Leary has aliented the hometown newspaper. This might be different if the Sentinel had an agenda or had actually gotten stuff wrong, but the paper has professionally covered this story from the start.

UCF staffers are the ones that look bad. They have mismanaged the information to the public from the start. Coaches have a bad track record of trying to control the media. They look oafish and amateurish. They are out of their element.

The media, UCF and O'Leary won't have to wait much longer. This is small stuff compared to when the Plancher eventually files its lawsuit against everyone who even drove by the UCF campus the day their son died.

The news:

O'Leary declines to talk with Sentinel at C-USA media days

Iliana Limón
Orlando Sentinel
21 July 2008

UCF football coach George O'Leary declined to talk with the Orlando Sentinel at the Conference USA media days. He also did not let players Pat Brown and Joe Burnett grant interviews to the newspaper. Ryan Powell, who handles media relations for the UCF football program, also said O'Leary refused to speak with any other members of the media if a Sentinel reporter was at his table during other interviews.

O'Leary said during his Florida Sports Writers Association media day press conference Thursday that he would not speak with the Sentinel corrects errors in its coverage of UCF football player Ereck Plancher's death. The Sentinel has repeatedly asked UCF to point out specific errors so that the newspaper could investigate the problem and publish corrections, but O'Leary and UCF officials have declined the newspaper's request.

The reaction:

Category: NCAAF

Since: Jun 17, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2008 2:41 pm

O'Leary and the high horse he rode in on.

To defend Dodd and the Sentinel, a kid DID DIE during his mat drill practices.  Now, this is obviously common practice in the collegiate ranks and will not change anytime soon, but when your own players are coming out and saying that the kid was struggling, yet they still pushed him is never a good sign.  I am speaking as someone who has vomited his fair amount at conditioning practices throughout a football career and am in no way condemning these intense practices because they do provide superior conditioning and even comradery when having to go through it with others.

But the kid had a heart condition, and it needed to be monitored.  I have been around people who have been pushed to the brink of death and it is a scary sight, and sheer stupidity by coaches when they go this far.  I, myself, have had to have 3 IV's pumped in me due to the fact I was experiencing full body cramps.  The media simply wants an answer as to how this could happen at a major college level program, and they have been shunned.  Players have addressed the media with promises of anonymity and clearly there is a divide against O' Leary.  This isn't him not talking about a bad game or season.  A young man lost his life and he is unwilling to explain or give a better picture to a community searching for answers.  This is one of those times where the coach needs to answer some questions.

This isn't just Dodd backing his media brethren.  There are bigger issues here at work, and they need to be solved.

Since: Mar 19, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2008 2:10 pm

O'Leary and the high horse he rode in on.

The problem is the reporters don't want to wait for true justice.

This is true KWC, but as well, they assume wrongdoing when you dont talk, when maybe your not talking for a reason.  Bottom line is reporters dont like it when you dont answer their questions, and they feel entitled to them, when actually they are not, you have the right to not say anything, but since it makes their job harder, they just slam you for it, instead of respecting that right.  And when they dont get what they want, they bring up the past, call you names, assume guilt...childish behavior.  This whole column is childish behavior and I'm about sick of reporters acting childish when they dont get what they want.  WAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!!

Since: May 1, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2008 10:06 am

O'Leary and the high horse he rode in on.

In my experience with Orlando Sentinel reporters, I don't blame the guy.  Last time UCF played my Gamecocks, the Sentinel "journalists" wandered around tailgates looking for the drunkest college kids they could find to interview.  The slam piece they wrote took the absolute worst aspects of tailgating, and took them completely out of context.  I watched them repeatedly bait people into doing or saying things for their story.  When I realized what they were doing I tried to stop anyone I knew from talking to them, and it only made things worse.

O'Leary is taking the high road by not speaking to these people.  They are merely trivializing an unfortunate incident, that has happened too many times before, and trying to create a story around it.

Since: Aug 16, 2006
Posted on: July 22, 2008 9:42 am

Media Circling the Wagons

First Dodd defends his buddy Jenni Carlson without ever disclosing that he had worked with her and was friends with her, even though her report was more like a high school gossip column. 

Now he is working OLeary for taking on the Sentinel.  Which of your friends works there?  You ask for O'Leary to own up to things, but you never do the same to your readers.

Pot calling the kettle black if you ask me.  Looking oafish and amateurish is what the media does best.

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2008 7:45 am

O'Leary and the high horse he rode in on.

the Slantinels anti-UCF agenda.

The Sentinal doesn't have an anti-UCF agenda. They are equal opportunity offenders. These reporters are just sharks and they are in it together across the board. Their job is to find the most sensational angles to stories, no matter how unfounded, and then proudly wave the 2nd amendment to us as if that is carte blanche for them to destroy people's reputations publically without a shred of real proof. 

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2008 7:36 am

O'Leary and the high horse he rode in on.

This is small stuff compared to when the Plancher eventually files its lawsuit against everyone who even drove by the UCF campus the day their son died.Wow, I didn't catch this before, but you just answered the question Dodd. Why would anyone give out ANY evidence against themselves or a University in the papers when there will be a civil case that will be bring all this stuff out anyway. Let the Press Darlings wait until the trial and they can have all the fun they want with it. The problem is the reporters don't want to wait for true justice. They want to levy it out in the form of slander, misinformation and inuendo.

You chumps want the story, Dodd? Get off your high horses and go sit in court and wait for the facts to be presented. I know thats not immediate enough gratification for you guys and no one in the press will get credit for blowing the lid off some huge story that way, but thats the best you are going to get. Snap out of it.

Since: Jan 7, 2007
Posted on: July 21, 2008 11:22 pm

O'Leary and the high horse he rode in on.

The whole truth in this story if really that there is no story. This is a kid that somehow got to this level of competition with a health defect no one could have detected. The Orlando newspaper comes out immediately and all but accuses O'Leary of riding Plancher for being a slacker based on the word of anonymous players. Not exactly "Deep Throat" journalism here. The coach and the school are denying that is the case. This is an unfortunate death...but it happens. The problem with journalists is every death is a potential murder in their world of sensationalized news.

Dodd!  You should be ashamed of yourself. Lying on a resume is one thing...and a very minor thing at that. But to use that incident to create some sensational argument that Coach O'Leary is somehow a corrupt figurehead that is killing his players is absolutely disgraceful. The Orlando paper has the word of the University and the coach on one side. They have the word of "anonymous players" on the other side. The Sentinal is obviously on a witchhunt. This was a very unfortunate thing. It was not an accident, because the young man died of natural causes. If O'Leary was ordering his players to give the kid code reds ala "A Few Good Men," then you have a story. Urging an athlete to give his all is what coaches are paid to do. The only high horse here is the media that sees a body and hurries to indict the guy holding the whistle before they even get any substantiated facts.

Since: Mar 19, 2007
Posted on: July 21, 2008 7:09 pm

O'Leary and the high horse he rode in on.

Whoaaaaahhhhh!!!!  Dodd...(Get it, high horse).

Here's the thing I dont like.  I dont like the fact that some guy died on UCF's watch and I dont like the fact that reporters such as those from the Sentinel or Mr. Dodd expect everyone to talk about everything.  And I dont like the fact that when they dont talk it is insinuated that there is some sort of cover-up.  Obviously something went wrong, something happened.  Find out what it was.  But dont expect the coach from the school it happened to to be forthcoming with potentially implicating information.  Find out from someone else and stop focusing on GOL.  Maybe someone made a error, maybe there was accidents.  Find out from somewhere...i.e, do your job!  Its not GOL's responsibility to do YOUR job.  Pathetic.  It really is.


Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: July 21, 2008 5:47 pm

O'Leary and the high horse he rode in on.




Since: Jul 21, 2008
Posted on: July 21, 2008 4:58 pm

O'Leary and the high horse he rode in on.

And one more thing UCF officials and GOL have sat down with the OS for a 90 minute meeting and have discussed the problems, but of course no one has heard of that. That would go against the Slantinels anti-UCF agenda.

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