Whitt: article lacks ‘judgment’

Rusty Whitt is the head strength and conditioning coach of the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns

Katie,

Due to limited exposure, I’m sure very few people read your critique of the 2013 New Orleans Bowl. That’s probably a good thing.

It seems that you are a novice sports writer and burgeoning critic, maybe you are influenced by notable sports columnists like Jim Rome or Steven A. Smith, and you are longing to make a splash.

However, saying that Coach Hudspeth “lacked courage” by “conservative play calling”, or giving Terrance Broadway an “F” in his performance is probably not the best ideal for a student sportswriter who wishes to have any contact with the team again.  It is my understanding that you were allowed access to the team as well.  I’ll give you an “F” on judgment, football knowledge, and tact.

Under Coach Hudspeth the last three seasons, the Ragin’ Cajun football team has won more games than any other 3 year span in the program’s existence- (some 100 years or so).  He’s coached the Cajuns to 27 wins and 12 losses.  They’ve appeared in and won 3 straight bowl games, (their first bowl games of the modern era, I might add) and are one of just six FBS teams that has won three straight bowl games.  He’s a pretty damn good football coach.

You might have wanted to stay on his good side.  Perhaps you are unfamiliar with how Steve Spurrier deals with negative media.  You should Youtube it, it’s pretty funny, and will give you a glimpse of what your writing style will provoke. (That is, if you ever move up from writing for the Vermillion).  Our defense was playing well (you gave them a B).  Coach Hudspeth was conservative because he knew that Terrance was having a hard time throwing the ball.  The Cajuns were winning the turnover battle.  He didn’t want to risk an interception, or maybe a sack/fumble with his young replacement quarterback.  That’s why the play calling was bland.

BTW, Terrance Broadway’s radius bone in his throwing arm was broken during the 3rd Quarter of the ULM game.  He probably tried to play with it, but eventually made it known to the athletic trainer and was unable to complete that important contest.  He had surgery the next day, and had a steel plate screwed into his arm.  Around twenty days later, he took the field and played well enough to garner a win for his team.  Maybe you should have focused on the guts and pain tolerance Terrance displayed, instead of giving him an ‘F”.  Or maybe, you could have explored the motivation behind his play, or how he may have inspired his defense to play better.  Have you ever done anything that difficult before?  Ever tried gripping and throwing a football with a broken arm?  Eh, probably not.  You could have also mentioned the spirited play of Tulane, who was playing in their home venue, in front of their severely injured teammate, Devon Walker.  He’s paralyzed (from the neck down) from a severe spinal injury last year.  He gave them the pre-game speech, and also spoke to his team at half-time.  They played hard for him, with quite a bit of emotion.

Alas, but you didn’t.  Good luck with your education, hopefully the crap you wrote will represent the all-time low point in your journalism career.  Think positive.

Geaux Cajuns

RT Whitt