Daily Archives: September 16, 2013

souhanAfter University of Minnesota football coach Jerry Kill suffered an epileptic seizure during Saturday’s game – his third in three years – Star Tribune columnist Jim Souhan (left) wrote that “Kill is not healthy enough to lead” and “even those who admire him most can’t believe that he should keep coaching major college football after his latest episode.”

Souhan received “a few thousand” emails about his column, and a public scolding of sorts from Star Tribune editor Nancy Barnes.

Dear Readers:

Nancy Barnes

Nancy Barnes

Many of you have written over the weekend to express your anger or concern regarding Jim Souhan’s columns and blog posts following Coach Kill’s seizure during Saturday’s football game. On behalf of the Star Tribune, I apologize. In no way did we intend to suggest that people with epilepsy, or other disabilities, should be hidden away. Nor did we intend to be callous or insensitive to their struggles.

I have spoken with the editors who were here Saturday, regarding the column, and Jim has posted his own response to readers, which you can find here.

Coach Kill is brave to battle this disease so publicly, and to share that battle with us. Just a month ago, we ran a Sunday front page story chronicling his struggles to get his seizures under control, and his efforts to balance that with his passion for football. If any good comes of the anger readers have expressed, I hope it’s that the broader community comes away with a better understanding of epilepsy and those who struggle to bring it under control.

Thank you sharing your thoughts and concerns with me.


Nancy Barnes

“Potential whistleblowers here on campus are fearful that if they speak out, they may be subjected to mental or even physical harm. Those who choose to speak up about the unethical and even illegal actions of their [Greek] organization fear the threat of dismissal from the organization with which they have identified for most of their college experience.”

* Crimson White explains unnamed sources in its sororities story (
* UA greek system is still almost completely divided along racial lines (

On Thursday, The State — McClatchy’s newspaper in Columbia, SC — told Ron Morris that he was once again allowed to write about University of South Carolina Gamecocks football and Coach Steve Spurrier. (Early in the year, the veteran sports columnist was ordered by publisher Henry Haitz III to pledge in writing that he’d never mention the team and its coach again.)

On Sunday, Morris had two columns about Saturday’s Gamecocks game. One was about the game’s length and the other was the team’s defense (“progress was made”). I doubt Spurrier had a beef with either.

I couldn’t get anyone from The State to talk to me — even on background — when I was working on my story about the paper’s treatment of Morris. Now that the piece has been posted and the paper has changed its policy, State staffers are getting in touch with me. One sent a “statement of support” that was given to newsroom bosses nearly a year ago, after they told Morris he could no longer ask questions at Spurrier’s press conferences. Here it is:


* The State tells its sports columnist he can’t write about USC football (

Former Los Angeles Times sports columnist T.J. Simers — MIA from the Times since June — starts today at the Orange County Register. His first column will appear in Thursday’s paper.

Register sports editor Todd Harmonson says in a release: “T.J. is a master at driving the conversation with his brand of humor and holding accountable those who deserve it. Some sports fans love him; others love to hate him. But they read him and are passionate in their feelings toward him.”

COURT VICTORIES FOR THE LOS ANGELES TIMES. A Times staffers tells Romenesko readers: “A judge Friday refused to grant Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum officials an emergency order demanding the Los Angeles Times and others surrender internal emails over about its behind-the-scenes efforts to give USC control of the stadium.
“It was the second time [in one week] The Times has been the subject of legal action by people wanting to block the newspaper from publishing information. On Tuesday, a union representing Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies unsuccessfully sought a court order to stop the Los Angeles Times from publishing information from officers’ background screenings.”


“We have absolutely no idea who did this,” Oklahoma State University School of Media director Derina Holtzhausen tells Romenesko readers. “We are not the journalism school, we are the School of Media, so we assume it’s somebody who doesn’t know who we are. …We are indeed quite upset about it, but it’s something we can’t control.”

* Sports Illustrated writer depicted in blood-stained effigy (
* “The School of Media abhors this image and is in no way supportive of it (@osusmsc)

* Josh Marshall: Capital New York — recently acquired by Politico — “is a very un-Politico-like publication.” (
* Bleacher Report co-founder Bryan Goldberg aims to make his new site, Bustle, the “biggest and the most powerful women’s publication in the world.” (
playboy* Playboy CEO: “We’ll stop publishing the U.S. magazine in print over my dead and buried body.” (
* A look at Colorado newspapers’ page one flood coverage: (
* The Washington Post needs a design overhaul, says
Fréderic Filloux. (
* ESPN’s Skip Bayless may be the most hated man in sports. (
* A preservation group decides against trying to have the Washington Post Building declared a historical landmark. (
* Over 41,000 sign up for Owen Youngman’s “Understanding Media by Understanding Google” online course. (
* ADVERTISEMENT: Sign up for “Branded Content Strategy and Management,” a 10-week class in Chicago. (
* Native advertising “could kill journalism if publishers aren’t careful.” (
* Why reporters are like cops walking the beat. (
* A “spirited and sad” discussion about Boston Phoenix’s demise. ( | Earlier: Where Phoenix staffers landed. (
* Paywall update: Arkansas Times signs up 600 subscribers in six weeks. (
* Liberal watchdog Media Matters notices a new level of hostility toward Obama – even from liberal outlets. (
* You’ll notice some subtle design changes in the new issue of The New Yorker. (
* PR firm Ketchum is Putin’s biggest cheerleader in the U.S. (It got him Time’s Person of the Year award.) (
* Not even the FCC knows who owns Omaha’s oldies radio station. (
* BuzzFeed insists it’s sensitive to photographers’ copyright complaints. (