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