May 4th, 2013 09:12 AM║ Posted By: Mike Mitchell ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, LSU, Mississippi State, Missouri, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt
Tags: Alabama, Brandon Marcello, Longhorn Network, Mack Brown
The SEC officially announced the new SEC Network this week and while there are many battles to be fought, expect one of them to be over time demands on football coaches. When the network launches in August of 2014, it will mean even more media attention, constant television cameras and hours of programming to fill each and every day. Regardless of the changes, Alabama coach Nick Saban says he doesn’t have any extra time to devote to media-related duties.
“I think the time that we have to spend on media-related promotion, whether it’s coaches, student-athletes or whomever it is, it can’t be increased because we have other things that are important to do.”
Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze tells Brandon Marcello at AL.com he expects to do less interviews with reporters and fewer last-minute requests because of the network. “It’s about managing.”
This wouldn’t be the first time a television network clashed with a coach’s schedule. Texas coach Mack Brown famously complained about the Longhorn Network last year, saying ”I didn’t ask for it.” The network taped the first 30 minutes of each practice which led Brown to worry that opponents were picking up valuable tidbits about the Longhorns.
Brown estimated he was spending six hours a week planning or participating in shows that air on the Longhorn Network.
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