As we noted in the one-liners the other day, Louisville coach Charlie Strong pulled a strange maneuver last week when he banned local media from attending the team’s practices because he was unhappy about coverage the Cardinals were getting.
Most of that coverage was dedicated to Louisville’s Final Four run in March. By itself, I can’t think of many college beats (if any) that would willingly place a Final Four appearance by a school on the news backburner. Whether it’s a powerhouse like Duke, or an up-and-comer — say, Alabama — a Final Four spot is going to soak up the spotlight.
Be that as it may, Strong was unhappy about the apparent sparse coverage he had at practices during that time. In his pre-spring game presser, Strong expanded on his decision.
“We are a BCS program,” Strong said. “We are an elite program, and I am passionate about this program, and that’s what I want to see in this community.”
Strong’s a passionate guy and wants the community to buy into the program. That’s commendable, to be sure, but banning local media over disappointment on lack of media coverage isn’t going to win you any fans with those reporters.