Eye of the Hurricane

February 7, 2011

Al Golden Addresses Student Reporters

Filed under: sports, college,UM sports — gvclark @ 10:10 pm
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The University of Miami’s head football coach, Al Golden, opened up to UM’s Student Press Corps Monday evening.

After years of secrecy the UM’s football program seems to be welcoming the media. Under Coach Randy Shannon, operations taking place with UM football left the media nearly shut out.

In recent years the business of making money off of student athletes has grown, and universities across the country have begun to build public relations (PR) barriers. These PR barriers have prevented the media from providing indepth coverage of the individual players and teams.

Athletic departments at many big universities focus on shutting out the press to build good PR, instead of cracking down on student athletes and demanding better behavior on and off the field.

With Golden addressing student members of the media, it is apparent that he gets bigger picture.



  1. Good to hear that Coach Golden is going to be open with the media. In the end, I think that makes for better public relations.

    Comment by ProfK — February 7, 2011 @ 11:38 pm | Reply

    • I agree. I also attended the press conference. As a PR major, I think it’s more effective for the program to address issues, concerns, have the opportunity to control messages and have openness than to have bad perceptions no control over the way your program is being perceived. I also think the student media who attended the press conference are a huge target audience as students and as fans so the accessibility Coach Golden is allowing can really change the face of the program positively.

      Comment by rhartman4 — February 16, 2011 @ 8:37 pm | Reply

  2. And I hope he allows former players to get involved! Love the photo, who took it? @socialjulio

    Comment by Julio Fernandez — February 8, 2011 @ 12:50 pm | Reply

  3. In the old days, UM’s football program was very accessible. Reporters always came away with great stories and loved venturing into a UM locker room filled with outspoken players. Here’s hoping the Al Golden era will be known for excellent media relations and public relations.

    Comment by Joey Johnston — February 8, 2011 @ 10:18 pm | Reply

  4. As Al Golden would say, not to comment on the past, but there is already a huge difference. It’s everything from former players coming back to campus to media relations… I hope he continues to do this, even if it’s only once in awhile.

    Comment by Christina — February 8, 2011 @ 11:28 pm | Reply

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