Memphis Sports Information: Behind the Scenes

  1. You all go to the events, read the stories and check the stats. But, how do all those things happen? Go behind the scenes with the Memphis Sports Information staff and find out what it’s really like to work in college athletics. Our staff was spread extremely thin this past weekend with six events in three days.

    It all starts with preparation. Women’s soccer SID Mark Taylor (@mark_taylor16) puts lanyards on all the credentials to the first round of the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship.

  2. Its #NCAAWSOC tournament time. For behind the scenes follow #UMBTS
    November 11, 2011 12:45:19 PM EST
  3. Allison Schatell (@allisonschatell) is the department’s video expert. If you’ve ever watched a packaged video on UMTV or, odds are she was behind it.
  4. Before, during & after events it’s video, video, & more video. Plus stats, recaps, social media, schmoozing… #UMBTS
    November 11, 2011 1:13:59 PM EST
  5. Joe Murphy, one of the photographers our department contracts with, has to arrive to the arenas and stadiums hours before the start of the event to set up all his equipment. If you’ve looked at our online yearbooks for all sports, you’ve seen many of Joe’s pictures.
  6. Joe Murphy setting up goal camera. Up and take them down for each game. Less than 3 hours to womens tip. #UMBTS
    November 11, 2011 3:24:07 PM EST
  7. If you’re a health nut, sports information may not be your type of business. It’s hard to turn down free food at every event. This particular buffet is pretty nutritious, however, as it is the volleyball team’s pregame meal.
  8. Best part of Sports Info? One could argue it’s the copious amounts of free food. #UMBTS
    November 11, 2011 5:31:53 PM EST
  9. It’s 2011, so surely keeping statistics isn’t too hard, right? Wrong. Every box score and set of statistics you see on is generated from a DOS-based program called Statcrew. Here’s a screen shot of what it looks like for a volleyball match.
  10. Ever wonder how those pretty, clean box scores are generated? It’s all done in this DOS program called Statcrew. #UMBTS
    November 11, 2011 8:30:40 PM EST
  11. Multitasking is probably the most important skill for a media relations representative to have. @allisonschatell works on a story for volleyball while also keeping the scoreboards updated.
  12. Self-proclaimed skilled multitasker. Scoreboard at volleyball and taking notes for the recap. #UMBTS
    November 11, 2011 8:39:45 PM EST
  13. How do media members seem to come up with the exact same quotes for coaches after games? Well, we actually transcribe the interviews and then send out the quotes for the media to use. Here, student intern Adam Moussa (@akmoussa) works on quotes after the Tigers’ exhibition against CBU.
  14. In the “war room” postgame, moussa is typing out quotes. #UMBTS
    November 11, 2011 11:44:43 PM EST
  15. Men’s basketball SID Lamar Chance (he’s too good for Twitter) and Brandon Kolditz (@brandonkolditz) exit FedExForum just a few minutes before midnight. Don’t worry, they’ll be back at the office before 11 a.m. the next (same?) day to get ready for football.
  16. 11:19 pm. Last two Tigers out of FedExForum.#UMBTS
    November 12, 2011 12:40:08 AM EST
  17. Media members want live stats and updates throughout football games, and they can thank @tdegroff for making it happen. It’s all done through this one computer, which sends out signals to various stats monitors found in the press box.
  18. Game day live stats & statview monitors all run through this laptop. All working on the 1st try today.#UMBTS.
    November 12, 2011 2:04:57 PM EST
  19. Staffers Bryan McEldowney (@bryanmceldowney) and Mark Taylor (@mark_taylor16) work the NCAA Soccer Match with just one helper, Brad Pope. The staff was spread extremely thin between this game, Tiger football and a home volleyball match.
  20. Starting lineups are being announced. Stats are ready to roll. #UMBTS
    November 12, 2011 7:54:35 PM EST
  21. When you hear a broadcast announcer refer to a new record that has been set during a game, he or she probably received that information from a media relations representative from the school. Keeping statistics and tracking record-breaking performances are two of the most important things we do.
  22. Postgame research uncovers NCAA Tournament single game record with Oduro’s nine points. #UMBTS
    November 13, 2011 2:13:31 AM EST
  23. It’s nearly 6 p.m. and after a weekend filled with five events, the work is still not done. In fact, you’re never really “done” with work in sports information.
  24. Back in the office generating season stats, getting ready to leave tomorrow for Illinois, nominating a player of the week #UMBTS
    November 13, 2011 6:20:07 PM EST

About pmccllln

21 years young. Senior PR student at the University of Memphis. Student intern for Memphis Athletic Media Relations. Follow me @p_mcclellan.

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