Posted by Tony Caridi on Friday, August 21, 2009
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Have you noticed just how different the coverage of Mountaineer football is today compared to only a few years ago?
Hello social media.
Some say social media is a fad; others call it the biggest communication shift since the Industrial Revolution. It took television 13 years to reach 50 million users. Facebook added 100 million users in nine months.
You do the math.
Forget about the saying, What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. Nothing stays anywhere anymore. We have arrived at a paradigm in communications, and that includes coverage of the Mountaineers.
I have Tweeted while watching practice and attending Bill Stewart press conferences this month. In just a few keystrokes on my Blackberry, a Mountaineer fan anywhere in the world can instantly learn that Don Barclay’s injured leg is doing just fine as he practices with the first team offensive line. It’s not life altering news - but it is news that every passionate Mountaineer fan wants immediately.
||Tony Caridi believes the social media revolution is changing the way college sports are being covered.
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Fans were once forced to wait until the news was reported on the radio or on the 11 o’clock news that evening - or waited 12 hours until the next morning to read about it in the paper. Those days are gone, and that’s a good thing.
The future coverage of Mountaineer athletics is so intriguing. In a very short time, I can envision reporters using their cell phone to offer a live video stream of an interview they are conducting with a coach or player. Instantly you’ll be in the Puskar Center watching those interviews as they happen.
It truly is an amazing time, and from a fan’s perspective, it’s never been easier to keep track of the Mountaineers.
And now, it’s time to offer a few camp observations:
Tavon Austin is as good as advertised.
Wes Lyons' spring dominance has continued into August.
Journeymen Kent Richardson and Guesly Dervil are providing quality depth at corner.
Reed Williams is the anchor, the heart, the soul, and the nucleus of the WVU defense.
If WVU leads the Big East in turnover margin once again in 2009, they’ll win the conference title.
Football coaches are the most confused dressers since Boy George. They wear long sleeve shirts and sweatshirts when it’s 93 degrees for practice in August, and then show up to practice with shorts and a t-shirt when it's 41 degrees in freezing rain in November.
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Until next time.