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The Big 12's best, minus two

Posted on: July 21, 2008 7:05 pm
Edited on: July 21, 2008 11:18 pm
 


KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Scratch two Heisman candidates?

This is nothing personal against Texas Tech's Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree. Both are part of a bumper crop of Big 12 award candidates this season. But their trophy chances had to dim when they didn't show up Monday for the beginning of the conference's preseason media days.

It wasn't necessarily their choice.

Coach Mike Leach decided that the reigning Biletnikoff Award winner (Crabtree) and a guy who could become the leading passer of all time (Harrell) weren't worthy to be interviewed by us media types during a pre-arranged media session on football media day. Leach threw out something about football being the ultimate team game when I asked him why on Monday.

I'm not saying Harrell and Crabtree are out of the Heisman race before it begins. I'll leave that to the other Heisman voters whose companies spent money and resources for them to get here. Let's just say stiffing the Big 12 (and national) media doesn't help.

Leach is quirky that way. He doesn't do things conventionally all the time. Sometimes that's charming. Sometimes it's downright unprofessional. A person with knowledge told me that the Big 12 asked to Leach to reconsider bringing his two stars, but that he refused.

To reporters Monday, Leach flippantly said that any of us are welcome to interview his stars "in their natural habitat" in Lubbock. That's great except there is a reason these media days exist, so we don't have to go to each individual school. Especially when Lubbock is so far from anywhere it can see the end of the earth in any given direction.

"A lot of times there are so many guys who play football, there is a temptation to isolate the attention around a couple of guys," Leach said. "Our team is far more than a couple of individuals."

Oh yeah? That would make a shred of sense if it weren't so hypocritical. In Texas Tech's own media guide Crabtree has a page to himself. Harrell has two. Every other player in the guide except one (running back Shannon Woods) gets half a page. So much for not isolating the attention around a couple of individuals.

If this was a high school team before a state championship, I'd kind of understand it. This being a major university (according to some) with major aspirations taking in major public dollars, it is short-sighted. Tech SID Chris Cook told me an interesting story about Crabtree working out in Dallas with the likes of Deion Sanders and Pacman Jones. Sure wish I could have fleshed that one out. It sounded neat.  

Leach wants to send the message of teamwork. Here's another message Leach is sending: Attention, recruits. Don't come to Texas Tech. We won't promote you. You'll have a tough time winning national awards, never mind competing in a Big 12 South Division Tech has never won.

This is not just me on a rant. Missouri quarterback Chase Daniel woke at 4:30 Monday morning to fly from Los Angeles to be here for interviews. Daniel is currently an instructor at the Elite 11 quarterback camp in Southern California. After a couple of hours of answering questions, Daniel was right back on a plane back to California.

He seemed to be slightly upset that the Tech guys weren't here after the effort he had made.

"You've got to bring your best players here," he told me. "It's the best thing to do. Coach Leach is a smart guy. He's been in this business a lot longer than I've been alive. He can do what he wants. (But) you look at it: You have a guy like Graham Harrell and Michael Crabtree, both are legitimate Heisman candidates. You've got to get them both out in the limelight."

The trend continues here. Oklahoma redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Bradford won't be making an appearance either on Wednesday.The nation's pass efficiency leader last year is old enough to go to war, own a house and vote but apparently not mature enough to handle a few media questions.

It's not like we're going to grill him. After the season he had, we want to say good things. Start with the fact Bradford is an inspiration on the field and to the Native American culture he represents.

Maybe there are extenuating circumstances. I doubt it. I'm tired of it, anyway. These kids aren't the property of the football program. They are students with lives to lead who might want to see a different part of the world than their own. In essence, they are promoting the school, before themselves, at these media days.

In that case, what the hell is wrong with being an individual?

 

 

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Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: July 23, 2008 10:06 am
 

The Big 12's best, minus two

Don't put all the modern media in with Dennis Dodd. Here are some links to articles where they actually covered Tech football at media day.

From the NY Times

From the KC Star

You can watch a video on

Just because Dodd and CBS Sportsline doesn't want to cover Tech, doesn't mean no one else is. Plenty of writers are writing about us.

 




Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2008 6:22 pm
 

The Big 12's best, minus two

What a miserable article....

THIS JUST IN

Stephen McGee just flew from Houston this morning at 4:00 a.m. to give his opinion on why Stoops didn't bring Bradford to media day.

Are you kidding me (why in the hell do we care about what Chase "F" Daniel had to say about why GH and MC weren't at media day. You remember that feeling you had when you were in college and you handed in a paper that you just threw together that morning all hungover, I wonder if that is what this Dodd guy feels like right now.

What an absolute miserable article




Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2008 4:54 pm
 

The Big 12's best, minus two

So what does that mean?  What do you mean by "it doesn't work that way"?

Sounds like you're saying that no matter what the team does now, these guys are screwed publicity-wise simply because Leach didn't bring them to media day.  I'm not sure I understand how media day is more important than performance on the field.

I don't think you fully comprehend what you've just written.  Scary thing is you actually might...and you might actually believe this crap that you and your fellow media minions are bigger than the game.  That's the problem with the modern media...you simply lost touch with what your role is supposed to be.




Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2008 3:41 pm
 

The Big 12's best, minus two

I would like to make a bunch of random comments regarding this piece (of sh!t).

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1.     Dennis, rule number one in journalism...don't abuse your position as a soap box to an obvious bias bashing<o:p></o:p>

2.     No matter how much you bash TTU, you will never get the ultimate swashbuckler (whom I would say most UT fans adore) to give in to your seemingly personal agenda...you look like a spoiled brat<o:p></o:p>

3.     I will say that Lubbock is in the middle of nowhere, but not as bad as you say it is...it's actually a great college town (with a few sh!tty fans)<o:p></o:p>

4.     Your Heisman voting privileges should be revoked...you don't "scratch" someone off the ballot because they don't show up for a media day presser...Believe it or not the pirate's stance on the issue seems to be forged with the good ole fashioned TEAM concept in mind...which makes sense given TTU's past history of high expectations and sometimes big let downs.<o:p></o:p>

5.     Did I mention that your Heisman voting privileges should be REVOKED!!<o:p></o:p>

6.     Last observation is one that I will place on myself...I can't believe I'm saying this, but I stand behind Blackbeard because he has every right to put the TEAM first and not worry about what some schotty online journalist thinks or has to say...I wouldn't be surprised if GH and/or MC get a few votes for Heisman...IF TTU can live up to the hype!<o:p></o:p>

      
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Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2008 1:51 pm
 

The Big 12's best, minus two

Dennis Dodd, you only hurt yourself when you write like this. You are not going to insult Mike Leach into catering to you. Do you really think you are the only one who can give us coverage? You showed up at the Big 12 Media Day and a story on Chase Daniel being the best QB in the Big 12 and bagging on Mike Leach was all you could come up with?

Meanwhile, the New York Times' representive wrote a great article about Tech's D emerging. ESPN actually talked to Eric Morris and got some lines about him really being 172 and going to be Crabtree's sidekick this season instead of just whinning they had to talk to Eric Morris instead of Michael Crabtree.  I even watched a video with Mike Leach talking about us on Fox.

We're going to get our Texas Tech Red Raider coverage. If you don't want to cover us, someone else will.  If CBS only wants to cover two Tech players, that is OK. Your competition will cover our entire team.




Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: July 22, 2008 1:51 pm
 

The Big 12's best, minus two

Are you saying that rankings are based on "hype" and media coverage, rather than performance on the field?   



Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2008 1:48 pm
 

The Big 12's best, minus two

Who is Dennis Dodd?




Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2008 1:40 pm
 

The Big 12's best, minus two

The only thing more hilarious than your "article" is your picture, and we could actually care less if your douche ass came to Lubbock or not. Wreck Em.



Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: July 22, 2008 1:37 pm
 

The Big 12's best, minus two

I would hope that Dennis Dodd loses his Heisman voting privileges after this piece.  It's obvious that he will not vote for the best player due to an obvious bias.  Dennis, you should learn what true journalism is, maybe read something from Michael Lewis.  He had no problems come out to Lubbock and doing a very insightful piece on Leach and Texas Tech for the New York Times.



Since: Jul 22, 2008
Posted on: July 22, 2008 1:24 pm
 

The Big 12's best, minus two

Lets go ahead and break most of your "article" down piece by piece.

"Scratch Two Heisman Candidates." -- I ask you for what? Because they didn't show up to a media circus where clowns like you ask them the same unoriginal repetitive questions? What would you right about that is original? The Camp Crabtree attended with Deion Sanders? Dang, the Dallas Morning News bloggers beat you to it. There goes the first original thought for the day. How can you with intelligent thoughts hopefully stemming from your brain even imply that a Heisman trophy is lost because they don't show up to media day? Has media day been there since the beginnings of this prestigious award? I would bet that the early winners won the award b/c of their play on the field and not based off of kissing up to some journalists on a power trip.

"Leach threw out something about football being a team game..." -- Is it not? Texas Tech has the potential (only potential until it is realized) to do something special this year and individualism is known to take away from that at times. Would you risk a run for the Big 12 Title b/c of a media day? Granted you will not even recognize Tech's potential because you would probably spout off about a tough game in Norman and who could forget your old school Missouri which somehow made it into an article bashing Tech and Lubbock but homerism is professional, right?

Oh, and then we venture into the requisite bash on Lubbock. So far from anywhere you can see "the end of the earth in any direction." Bravo, that originality should win you a Pulitzer Prize or whatever other journalistic award they hand out to those that climb the heights of journalism's mount everest. And traveling to a school would be a bad thing, I mean who would want to see a team they are covering and learn more about them where they live, it is far more convenient for writers to formulate opinions in the confines of a small office then actually educate themselves on a football program, player, or major university (and I will definetely get to that remark later). With your new approach to journalism I feel we should remove all journalists from foreign countries and instead have the foreign country send a spokesperson to a media day. That would give you all the information you need to write a very articulate and informative article on that country. And you have already been very well educated by former posters on how easy it is to get to Lubbock, so no need to go into that tirade.

And then you divulge into "Leach's message to recruits" tough winning national awards, winning the Big 12 South, yada, yada. Your play on the field should win you awards (i.e. Crabtree last season) otherwise the award is not worth the piece of metal that it is cast out of. Again, how could a remotely professional journalist and someone who receives a vote on these "awards" imply that these awards are based on how a player handles the media circus and not how well a player performs between the lines. And Texas Tech is well aware of the fact that they have not won a Big 12 South title but is striving for that mark such a bad thing? Are we striving for that title any less by not sending a couple of players on a team to talk to you? Does meeting with a few journalists automatically qualify a team to compete for a title? Your little blog is littered with absordities that even someone that is a complete Missouri homer like yourself should be able to recognize.

And who really cares if poor Chase Daniels had to leave LA at 4 in the morning? Does that make him the front runner for the Heisman b/c he took the time to speak with you? I think he would be one of the front runners b/c he played some dang good football last year not because he chose to fly from LA to Kansas City to meet with the all knowing Dennis Dodds. And why should he be upset? He has seen the guys the last couple of years, in fact he has beat them up and down the field. I have a feeling that is your keen journalistic insight and a lot less of the actual feeling of Chase Daniels. I have a hard time believing a 20 something kid is really disappointed that a couple of his competitors aren't showing up for the media day. But we always appreciate a writers attempt to write something into a piece that never was there, kind of like creating evidence or the news, once again bravo.

Now your last part about what you are tired of. By going to meet with you and all the other media pundits Michael Crabtree and Graham Harrell would "see a different part of the world than their own"? At Texas Tech our players promote their school in a variety of ways, including Graham Harrell speaking in Lubbock at the FFA Convention. He was doing his job promoting his school, while you were to busy writing this unprofessional drabble you call journalism. And I am utterly confused at the hypocracy you state "they are promoting the school, before themselves, at these media days." If they are doing this why does it hurt them in the individual awards such as heisman that you mention in line one? If they are at this media day to promote the Texas Tech Football program than how could they possibly gain or lose Heisman votes in Kansas City one month before the season starts? I'll answer that question, it is because people like you who should not have a heisman vote do, it is that simple. Voters more concerned with the news story, the headline, and their own personal limelight than the game, the players, and the schools they represent. Let's be honest, you didn't right this article to discuss your difficulties with Coach Leach's decision, you wrote this article with the backwards attempt to gain some notoriety for yourself. Well, thankfully, you are Chris Berman, Herbstreit, Corso (people with a shread of credibility), you aren't even that Bayless guy. I applaud you on this attempt to stir controversy over Coach Leach sending some members of the Texas Tech team, all three quality representatives of what we stand for at this major university in Lubbock, Texas. You would know what Texas Tech stands for if you hoped on a flight, took one small stop in Dallas, and come see first hand what you are writing about instead of sitting in the confines of an office and learning vicariously through the eyes of others. Before you right about something I suggest you venture outside your little box and "see a different part of the world other than your own," maybe with some luck you too might learn something.


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