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Access denied: FIU doesn’t provide credential for only beat writer

Ron Turner, FIU

Exposure is everything in today’s college football landscape. Unfortunately for the players at Florida International University, the school’s decision makers don’t feel the same way.

FIU and the Miami Herald are caught in a little tiff.

The Herald is the only news agency in the area which employs a beat writer to cover FIU athletics. In the infinite wisdom of those making decisions at FIU, they denied access to the Herald’s beat writer, David J. Neal, for the Panthers’ season-opener against Bethune-Cookman.

“It’s unprecedented for any local team to refuse to credential our beat reporter without reason,” Miami Herald Executive Editor Aminda Marqués Gonzalez said. “The team does not get to choose who covers the program.”

The newspaper decided not cover the game at all after FIU denied the credential.

“We’re very disappointed the Herald has decided on this course,” Sandra Gonzalez-Levy, FIU’s senior vice president for external relations, said. “Credentials were given to other reporters. We regret that this is the Herald’s choice.”

FIU never provided a reason why Neal’s credential was denied.

It’s simply another misstep for a football program has been in a downward spiral since it fired Mario Cristobal. During Cristobal’s tenure the coach led the Panthers to two bowl games before he was unceremoniously dismissed. The team then struggled to find any coaching candidates that were interested in the vacant position. The team eventually hired Ron Turner, who finished with an 1-11 record during his first season.

Furthermore, the people hurt by this decision are the players. They don’t get the exposure they deserve for the work they’ve done. And the community doesn’t have the opportunity to read about a program the newspaper is willing to support.

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9 Responses to “Access denied: FIU doesn’t provide credential for only beat writer”
  1. succulentnipples says: Aug 29, 2014 9:53 PM

    This pisses off Big Johnathon Football.

  2. jeffreyperria says: Aug 29, 2014 11:42 PM

    Probably for the best, all the paper will do is blast these young when they have a bad game. And find a way to blast them when they have a good game. That is, all the media does, negative tone here and a negative there.

  3. titansbro says: Aug 29, 2014 11:50 PM

    Your use of commas makes my brain hurt.

  4. manik56 says: Aug 30, 2014 1:24 AM

    Suckers read the local beat writers.

  5. danoregon says: Aug 30, 2014 1:32 AM

    If the university’s judgement is this impaired for something as stupid as an FIU-Bethune Cookman fb game, you wonder how they handle decisions where the stakes are even higher.
    I wouldn’t be surprised if there are bigger misdeeds going on than snubbing a beat writer when the school administration not only backs the decision, but doesn’t feel the need to smooth it over with some corporate speak.

  6. tigersfandan says: Aug 30, 2014 7:18 AM

    danoregon says:
    Aug 30, 2014 1:32 AM
    If the university’s judgement is this impaired for something as stupid as an FIU-Bethune Cookman fb game, you wonder how they handle decisions where the stakes are even higher.
    ____________________________________

    Well, for starters, replacing Cristobal with Turner would be an example of an important decision that was royally botched up.

  7. 35longmiles says: Aug 30, 2014 8:07 AM

    jeffreyperria says:
    Aug 29, 2014 11:42 PM
    Probably for the best, all the paper will do is blast these young when they have a bad game. And find a way to blast them when they have a good game. That is, all the media does, negative tone here and a negative there.
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    Supremely fucking stupid POV. It’s likely that you whine incessantly about the refs too. Head back to Bleacher Report and dig on some cool lists.

  8. coachbeck says: Aug 30, 2014 9:39 AM

    Well obviously this beat writer and the school have had some issue between them. If that’s the case then the paper could have sent another reporter or sent two until the situation is resolved.

  9. thehawg says: Aug 30, 2014 3:18 PM

    I believe the issue is between the beat writer & the athletic director Pete Garcia for firing Mario Cristabol.

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