Does Chris Petersen owe the Seattle media unlimited access?


Sep 20, 2012; Boise, ID, USA; Boise State Broncos head coach Chris Petersen speaks with ESPN reporter Samantha Steele after the game against the BYU Cougars at Bronco Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

For Chris Petersen since taken over the Husky football program there seems a sense of resentment that Petersen is going to be more like  Tyrone Willingham was with the media which was not very good at all.

The thing is when Petersen has been on with various media types in the Seattle market he has been just fine. Also, Petersen has done great when he has done the national media circuit.

Petersen’s number one job is to win football games with athletes that graduate, and stay out of trouble. It is not his responsibility to cater to the mainstream media and internet message board sites.

For example, unless its part of the contract for Petersen to appear on KJR the night before games he should not have to do a Friday night radio segment. The day before a game should be limited as far as media access to head coaches and players.

By limiting the amount of media duties the day before a game for Chris Petersen the focus can be kept on the task at hand of winning the game. Another reason why Petersen does not owe the Seattle media unlimited access to practices is that this first year is critical to the overall success of a coaching tenure.

Its critical because you only get one chance to establish your culture as a new coach. Hence, if there are too many media distractions that can be problematic

Finally, what gets lost in the discussion of this topic is that without players and coaches the media that covers college football would not have anything to cover. That is why for Chris Petersen as long as he is making himself available for the weekly required press gatherings then there should not be any issues. At the end of the day its about winning on the field and competing for championships on an annual basis.