Last month, TCU student reporter Brian Smith dared to share his opinion about the Horned Frogs’ QB situation, stating on the Mountain West’s TV network that freshman Casey Pachall was good enough to unseat shaky starter Andy Dalton. Well, TCU media relations director Mark Cohen doesn’t like students having an opinion about the football team other than “Go Frogs!”, so he got Smith sacked from the airwaves.
But Cohen isn’t alone in the blame of banishing Brian. Apparently Mark was just doing the dirty work for the man who really wants to mute the media - TCU head coach Gary Patterson.
I hate to play the “I was a student sports reporter” card twice in a week, but the WIZ OF ODDS has a story that I just couldn’t ignore.
(TCU Media Relations Director or Mall Cop: What’s the difference?)
The Wiz reports today that TCU’s director of media relations Mark Cohen ripped TCU student reporter Brian Smith off the Mountain West’s TV network, The Mtn., because Cohen didn’t agree with Smith’s on-air opinion about TCU football’s quarterback situation.
On an April 14 broadcast, Smith said that freshman quarterback Casey Pachall, who graduated early from high school to enroll at TCU, is good enough to unseat Andy Dalton as the starter.
“I think it’s going to be tough to tell if Andy’s really as solid a starter as everybody believes he is,” Smith said. “And I think the reason for that is because Casey Pachall, a true freshman who enrolled in January, really looked good during drills and during the Purple and White game, and in my opinion he really could challenge Dalton for that starting spot.
“He can manage a game and he can play not to lose, but I don’t really think he’s the kind of guy who can win you a game. And Casey Pachall is that kind of guy.“
Whoa, the gall of Smith! To actually have an opinion! Thank goodness though order was soon restored.