AtC: Trying to Find a Balance

Photo by Pat Radigan

With so many eyes already on the Huskers, it seems crazy to think there’s room for an unconventional startup that doesn’t spend most of its time and energy on football/basketball. Consider us the foxes of the Nebraska media.

By Pat Radigan

Each time I create one of these #AtCNewsletter posts, I create a new folder.

I name it after the date it is going to be released, and each time I can’t help but compare those dates. And frankly, even I’m confused about what has been going on so far.

All that ends now though, mostly because I’m just tired of waiting.

I’ve said this before in various Twitter and Facebook posts before, and each time there are small steps we’ve taken to “move forward” in different ways, but unless you look very carefully it may look like we are standing still. I even whispered in the first Facebook video I made about the future of Corn Fed Sports.

In a way, I think all of those things have happened for the same reason: I was afraid of making too much noise before I knew what my plan was.

Now I know. And I’m excited to start shouting it from the mountain tops.

Read more below.

Truth to
Power

The Huskers responded to the public call for better results in all sports with an impressive weekend. I mean, that is if you count going 4-0-1 in #B1G Ten action, and beating two top 10 teams in one sport on back-to-back days.


The Rundown

Football

Nebraska28
Illinois – 6

Recap | Stats

Champaign, Ill.

Soccer

Nebraska – 3
Michigan St – 0

Recap   |   Stats

East Lansing, Mich.

Nebraska – 1
Michigan – 1

Recap   |   Stats

Ann Arbor, Mich.

Volleyball

No. 8 Nebraska3
No. 3 Minnesota – 0

Recap   |   Photos

Devaney Center

No. 8 Nebraska3
No. 7 Wisconsin – 2

Recap   |   Photos

Devaney Center

Cross Country

Sam Bell
Invitational

Men – 4th
Women – 7th

Results

Bloomington, Ind.

Softball

Nebraska – 6
Colorado St – 3

Stats

Bowlin Stadium

Nebraska – 1
Colorado St – 6

Stats

Bowlin Stadium

Nebraska – 7
Colorado St – 5

Stats

Bowlin Stadium

Nebraska – 4
Omaha – 0

Stats

Bowlin Stadium

Go Blue Blackout

All of the Big Ten schools have robust media departments and multimedia capabilities, but there are few in the conference that rival Michigan.

In fact, Michigan is still the only school I’ve ever seen that limits the amount of postgame interview footage that could be put online. They do everything they can to keep the attention on their clips, and their footage of games and events, and they can do it because they have such a robust media machine providing that coverage.

But on Sunday, in a matchup of two teams that were receiving votes in the polls, the Nebraska soccer team played Michigan, and the only opportunity to follow along was via live stats.

I’m not going to pretend to know the ins and outs of how BTN Plus works, or who decides what games to air, but it just seemed extremely odd to me that such a prominent matchup, at such a capable school, was not streamed.

Friday’s win at Michigan State was available to fans to watch, and BTN does a great job of offering up school-specific packages at a discounted rate. BTN Plus is also a great chance for student journalists to get to call games, so there are many positives that come from the current setup.

But if they are really serious about “growing the game” outside of college football and basketball, this is a huge step.

Trusting the Travel Roster

In case you were paying attention to the top 10 volleyball showdown last Friday, and not the pregame hype from Illinois, you might’ve missed the fact that Chris Jones was accidentally included on Nebraska’s travel roster.

The issue was quickly cleared up, but not before correction tweets had to be issued and the travel roster mistake was exposed. And while it was a relatively small bump in the road, what the average Husker fan may not understand is how serious the media takes these things, and themselves, when something is messed up.

I wasn’t in Illinois, so I can only imagine how everyone probably crowded around the sports information staff to try and get answers, but the fact there were still jokes being made about it at Monday’s press conference told me all I needed to know.

The sports information staff isn’t perfect, and a lot of times coaches and athletes change plans and availability in a way that makes the SIDs look bad, but what’s an issue to me is how personally many media personalities take these matters.

If you expect to be fed, to have stats printed and handed to you at every media timeout and to have all of your interviews arranged, it’s only natural that some things aren’t going to go to plan.

At least these media tough guys have Twitter to rant to.

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So yes. About that plan.

If you’ve followed CFS or myself for any amount of time, you’ve seen us talk about “new things” and “big plans” quite often. Most of those times have been due to the inner workings of the “project side” of CFS, but we’ve never really explained how it works, so I wanted to take a chance and do that now.

From the launch of Corn Fed Sports, we’ve done our best to provide coverage of athletes and teams that rarely get the coverage they deserve. It’s how we worked our way to being credentialed to football, it’s how we’ve built our brand and Twitter following, and it’s how we plan on operating in the future.

But underneath it all, this project has always been about trying new ways of operating in the sports media sphere, while using student journalists to provide real coverage instead of being mindless interns.

People have mocked us for being “just a fancy logo” and laughed at the idea that ‘non-revenue’ sports are worth coverage and resources. And we’ve never quite latched on with the academic community at Nebraska due to our unconventional methods and views of the future of the industry. Over that time, CFS became the thesis project of my master’s degree instead of a student organization, and it’s made things tricky.

Now, I’ve come to a crossroad where I need to decide to change my aspirations and goals with CFS to go in line with that process, or double down on what I’ve always envisioned for this project.

I think you’ll be able to guess which way I’m going.

So I’m not sure what any of this will mean for Corn Fed Sports as a student organization, or for my ability to use this the cornerstone of my degree, but we’ve come too far to stop now. We have a couple of new features we will be debuting this week, and the rest will come soon, but I just wanted to take a moment to reflect on this process and offer a real promise moving forward.

We’ve only scratched the surface of what Corn Fed Sports is capable of.

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