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.
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.
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.
It’s 2011, so surely keeping statistics isn’t too hard, right? Wrong. Every box score and set of statistics you see on gotigersgo.com is generated from a DOS-based program called Statcrew. Here’s a screen shot of what it looks like for a volleyball match.
Ever wonder how those pretty, clean box scores are generated? It’s all done in this DOS program called Statcrew. #UMBTS http://lockerz.com/s/155349643
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.