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Day-long media coverage gives glimpse into revived football program
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 3, 2014) – Media members from throughout the Tri-Cities packed the ETSU/MSHA Athletics Center Wednesday for the first Football Media Day in over 11 years, an event that featured interviews with coaches, players and athletic department administrators, as well as tours of newly-constructed facilities.
The Dome was alive with media coverage throughout the day; beginning first with a live radio broadcast with 640 – WXSM’s “The Xtreme Sports Monster” featuring various interviews during the early-morning hours. Live broadcasts continued during the late morning with television interviews of ETSU head football coach Carl Torbush, Senior Associate Athletic Director/COO Scott Carter and various football student-athletes on WJHL’s “Daytime Tri-Cities.” Live radio interviews with 640 – WXSM’s “Sportsline Radio Show” hosted by Bill Meade came next with additional interviews of those associated with the program.
At the 5 o’clock hour, print and television media met with coaches and players on the turf inside the Dome for one-on-one interviews and live TV shots. Live “look-in” tours of the new weight and locker rooms followed before the Bucs took their first team photo. Dinner for media members and coaches was then provided inside the facility’s former Courtside Club.
Players and coaches alike were excited about participating in the day’s events.
“It’s a blessing,” said ETSU freshman defensive back and former Elizabethton Cyclone Terrence Turner. “Not everyone gets this opportunity. We are all thankful to be put in this situation at ETSU.”
Coach Torbush expressed his pleasure with the response the event received and the overall direction of the program during his first year on the job at ETSU.
“It’s been a whirlwind,” said Torbush. “I have been here a little over a year now, and it seems just like yesterday, but we are now 365 days away from our first game. Our players are excited and I gave them a little ‘pump up’ speech today and I think they are ready to play, but we’ve got some work to do before we are ready for our first game.”
To access the recently-released Bucs’ fall schedule and season ticket information click here. For more information on Buccaneer football, visit ETSUBucs.com and click on the football page.