Before social media and talk radio and super-high stakes, August was a fairly slow month for college football. Often at Ute fall camps there would only be two reporters – one from each of Salt Lake’s daily newspapers. BYU’s press corps sometimes consisted of the Daily Herald.
That was in an era when people waited for their news. Nowadays there are maybe a dozen or more reporters hanging around — at every camp practice.
Is this a good thing?
It’s overkill, but as any big event can testify, the buildup is half the fun.
But it takes its toll, too. Coaches and players are tired of being interviewed before the season even begins. Media, likewise, are becoming weary of the daily grind.
Then comes the season.
In a different era, beat writers would show up for practices a few times in the fall, not twice a day. LaVell Edwards and Chuck Stobart could be reached at home for quotes if you skipped practice. LaVell was actually in the phone book.
I had later coaches’ phone numbers, too, but by then it was a different deal. A lot more businesslike, plus they had caller ID.
I figure the new era of intensity and overkill is probably still OK. Private interviews are almost nonexistent. Practices are mostly closed. No one rides around on a golf cart with the coach, they way they did with LaVell.
But with all the buildup, it makes the regular season that much better.