Dec 29 2011
This is certainly not the first time something like this has happened. Sometimes at these press conferences, these columnists and reporters get all worked up from attempting to be so damn politically correct and anally boring in their stories, that they finally have a shot “off the record” to speak their minds and BOOM….NOT SO FAST.
After yesterday’s Fiesta Bowl press conference for Oklahoma State defensive coordinator Bill Young, Tulsa World columnist Dave Sittler fell victim to the old “cameras and microphones are turned off, so let me say what I REALLY feel“….yikes, not so fast. Sittler started talking with coach Young in what was supposed to be an off-the-record conversation, (which he initiated by stating his intention to “turn this off now” when reaching for his tape recorder on the press conference table) about former head coach at Oklahoma State, John Blake, whom Young was coordinator underneath. Young handles the question pretty well, as if he KNEW the camera and mic was still on, noting that Blake was inexperienced, but that “it wasn’t his fault” because he “would have done a much better job” had that opportunity come later.
Take a listen to what was said by the reporter and defensive coach. At about 29-seconds, Sittler starts to get all worked up and SHOCKINGLY his redneck ass brings up the color of Blake’s skin.
I know the volume was low, but how else would coach have convinced this reporter that the microphones were off if he didn’t hide it, right? Here is what Sittler said.
Sittler: “That’s what I’m—that must frustrate you that you have all this experience, you know what you’re doing, and then they give it to some slapdick who hasn’t earned his, you know. And then Donnie Duncan [Athletic Director] flat-out told me he gave it to him because he was black because they were worried about Bob Simmons [Former Head Coach 1995-2000] with recruiting … Those things must piss you off.”
Young: There’s a lot of things out there that’s frustrating, but boy, I’ve been so fortunate to just get what I’ve got.