August 10th, 2011 03:13 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: South Carolina
Tags: Alabama Crimson Tide, Dan Patrick, ESPN, Rocky Top
Steve Spurrier is jealous. Jealous of the way he believes ESPN has been fawning all over Alabama’s Crimson Tide.
Appearing on Dan Patrick’s radio show, South Carolina’s coach said that he went to SEC commissioner Mike Slive to complain about ESPN’s kind treatment of Bama.
Last year, ESPN did an all-access program behind the scenes of Nick Saban’s football program. Think that kind of thing doesn’t help with recruiting? The network also ran an ad last December that featured Alabama fans saying “Roll Tide” repeatedly.
To be fair, ESPN has run a number of ads involving “crazy” fans of various schools and teams. And the network is producing an all-access series at Oklahoma this year.
But that didn’t stop the Ol’ Ball Coach from turning to Slive:
“I said, ‘How much did Alabama pay those guys to do that?’ He said, ‘Oh, they didn’t have to pay them anything.’ I said, ‘Well, what happened to Go Gators or Rocky Top or Go Gamecocks?’ I didn’t think that was all that fair.”
Is it fair? Probably not. But networks can’t be expected to provide 100% equal coverage of all 120 FBS schools. That’s just not going to happen.
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