Control freaks are obsessed with what they cannot control, and coach Tom Herman just may be a control freak. The University of Texas announced on Thursday that media members are no longer permitted to use social media during post-practice interviews, and the reasoning is as absurd as the mandate.
“Going forward, our policy for media attending post-practice availabilities will be that social media posts will not be permitted during those sessions. Any social media entry should come after the conclusion of all post-practice media interviews have concluded. Our hope is that you would take time to review your post and re-listen to the questions and answers in an effort to increase accuracy and insure the necessary context in each of your social media reports. We hope this will not only allow everyone more time to craft those commentaries/reports, but also allow necessary time to absorb full context. It also will be beneficial in providing full attention to follow-up questions or the next line of questioning during the actual interviews. Thank you in advance for adhering to this new policy.
Also, to follow up on a concern that came up during today’s post practice availability. Please do not stand behind Coach Herman of the players during availabilities. The ropes are in place as a guide to avoid that and to allow the subject to address the group. To assist you and with your recording devices, we will add a table for you to place those on going forward.”
So, in summary, media members aren’t allowed to use social media during post-practice interviews because they don’t think too good and need more time to fully comprehend what was said. Oh, and Herman doesn’t like it when people stand behind him.
Herman’s tenure at Texas is off to a great start. If you thought Longhorn media was tough on Charlie Strong, just wait. They actually liked him. When the mics were off and the cameras were down during Big 12 Media Days, one of the hottest topics of conversation was what everyone thought about Tom Herman; not as a football coach, but as someone they will potentially have to work with for years to come. There weren’t many positive reviews, with one media personality calling him “punchable”.
It’s easy to see why Herman rubs people the wrong way. If you don’t want media members using social media during events, fine. It’s ridiculous, but fine. But to then say it’s to help the media do their job better, that’s just insulting.
It screams insecurities. It screams control issues. If Herman is this controlling in this aspect of his life, what is he like behind closed doors? Remember, the vast majority of players in Austin right now didn’t come to play for him.
There’s another side to all this, and that is the Longhorn’s cash cow, the Longhorn Network. Will post-practice player interviews be carried live? The hornet’s nest of antitrust issues that would create aside, fans would be able to live tweet a player interview while the media members actually there cannot.
Not surprisingly, the announcement brought swift and severe scrutiny on, where else, Twitter.
From Day 1 Herman has made mistakes in his relationship with the local media. It will not help him in the long run.
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) August 2, 2017
This isn't a bad policy for reporters themselves to have but a school has no right to order it. They're not our editors. https://t.co/s40Tuy2gDR
— Seth Emerson (@SethWEmerson) August 2, 2017
Looks like someone wants to make sure player comments, like their urine, is crystal clear.
— OurDailyBears (@OurDailyBears) August 2, 2017
Correct on that Wendell. I'm just wondering, though…wouldn't it be great if Texas had, say, its own TV channel to air these interviews?
— Dave Singleton (@dfsingleton) August 2, 2017
Herman is going to be very easy to dislike
— Allen Kenney (@BlatantHomerism) August 2, 2017
"Oh my God, Tom Herman just announced a starting quarterback! I better wait 20 minutes to understand the context before reporting!" Come on.
— Geoff Ketchum (@gkketch) August 3, 2017
Thank God I'm not in Austin. I'd get booted for doing it anyway.
— Scott Bilo (@BiloFootball) August 3, 2017
So kind of Tom Herman and Texas to do this for the sake of journalists. What a pile of self-righteous bullcrap this is… https://t.co/06xd7Mv6el
— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dkurtenbach) August 2, 2017
this is craziness. too much control. disrespectful of professional journalists, as they need a time out https://t.co/2SefocCV8h
— Clarence Hill Jr (@clarencehilljr) August 3, 2017
Tom Herman is ridiculous https://t.co/IVISXFO5s7
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) August 2, 2017
So how long before Tom Herman is the OC at Alabama? https://t.co/gkcgIjW66y
— Joe Buettner (@Joe_Buettner) August 2, 2017
Looks like the new postgame setup for Texas football media members will solve one problem pic.twitter.com/6NkyeC6Mzc
— Anwar Richardson (@AnwarRichardson) August 3, 2017
— Tyler Duffy (@tyduffy) August 2, 2017