New medium allows people to "act the fool"

The internet age is passing some by, including South Carolina Head Coach Lou Holtz.

Over in Columbia, the Dictator, Lou Holtz is at it again, but this time his actions are not totally his fault. At a recent Gamecock scrimmage that was closed to the media, Holtz reportedly saw an unidentified person with a cell phone making calls from the stadium. Holtz claims that it was a reporter from Gamecock Central, the number one Carolina site on the internet.

All of this leads to some questions. If the practice was truly closed, then how did this person get into the stadium to make the cell phone calls? What is Carolina doing that is so secret in their practices? And why is Holtz getting so angry about some internet site, after all no one reads this stuff, right?

Some things need to change in the internet-sports world, and they need to happen fast. Holtz is correct in that people do in fact read articles on the internet and that message boards are most certainly a wealth of both unsubstantiated rumors and some truth. But where Holtz is wrong is in his approach to the issue.

Sports Information departments are reluctant to grant websites the same powers as what they call the "regular media". Universities should roll with the punches in this new day and age. The internet is going nowhere, and that scares some people, but I am not totally certain why.

Holtz's commented, "there won't be anybody at any of our practices ever again. No TV, no reporters, no parents, nobody. It's going to be closed completely. Completely."

That is laughable. You mean to tell me that Holtz is going to turn away the donor that allows him to come stay at Litchfield Beach for free each summer? No way.

At the same time the website, supposedly Gamecock Central, was wrong too. If the practice was closed to the media, then they should have acted like media and abstained from reporting on the scrimmage. Sure you are one-upping everyone in the Gamecock online community, but you are breaking the rules, and therefore hurting your chances of ever being taken seriously by the University.

Both sides in this debate need to grow up. Websites need to be given more credit than they currently are by the Sports Information departments, and at the same time websites need to earn the respect of that department by acting mature and not going against rules that the University sets (that is of course if they are equitable rules).

The problem for sites like Gamecock Central is that they are not issued credentials simply because they are a website. And therefore they are put into a difficult situation. Sure, they are media, but at the same time, they are not treated as such, and that makes their reporting situation a lot more difficult.

If the Universities would simply make sites sign a policy, which treats them like regular media, then they will not need to call in from scrimmages that are closed in order to create content. If a site were to break that rule, then they would not be allowed credentials.

But the pompous attitude that Holtz shows is unnecessary. Get over yourself Holtz.

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