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    Lazard and media silence

    Yesterday I tuned into KXNO and wow did the guys on both afternoon shows have huge problems with Lazard being off limits to the media for his first year. Their reaction was such that a listener might have thought Lazard was off limits for his whole career at ISU. They all kept repeating that they didn't care from their side of things, but that it was the fans and especially those in central Iowa that were going to hurt because of this. They kept asking what about when he scores his first touchdown, has a big game or the winning TD grab against Iowa? How can fans be kept from hearing from him?

    I'm a big Cyclone fan and I could care less if Lazard was available to speak to the media or not for one year. They're plenty of other characters on the football team to keep us entertained for the whole season. Lazard is well composed for a kid his age and I don't think he would ever cause a stir for ISU. The kid has been hounded for the last year and always talked with the media who constantly questioned him about his ISU commitment and the radio guys said that he never seemed mad or frustrated with the media over this. I go back to Lazard just being well composed. I think that its a great move to keep him off limits because it allows him to focus on football and becoming a great teammate. Iowa keeps freshmen off limits

    Its pretty clear that it was the radio and media guys that are going to hurt because of this, not the fans. Its all about readers or listeners for them and a Lazard interview would be great for their business. It was just annoying/funny to hear them spend an entire segment about this when they kept saying they didn't care.



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    Re: Lazard and media silence

    This isn't going to hurt us fans at all. Lazard deserves this. The media is just butthurt over Rhoads calling them out in his press conference.



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    Re: Lazard and media silence

    I'd rather him focus on getting acclimated and helping the team win. As a fan, that is more important to me than a few sound bytes.


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    Re: Lazard and media silence

    And heaven forbid he doesn't live up the unrealistic expectations some people have for him. He is still a freshman but there will still be people bad mouthing him as soon as he drops a ball or two. This is the best way to make sure he is focused on football and not the media which has judged his every move over the last year.



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    Re: Lazard and media silence

    This is the way I see it. He is off limits unless Lazard WANTS to be in front of the media. If he does like what is listed above and makes some game winning catch against Iowa and appears to be having a solid year, he may want to be interviewed after a game. CPR isn't restricting Lazard, just the other way around. And I agree, he deserves it if that is what he wants.


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    Why would it? One bad game doesn't change a thing. Iowa will still be a darkhorse B1G championship contender, and Iowa State will be lucky to make the NIT.

    If you ask the basketball analysts outside the state of Iowa I think you would be surprised to hear their responses. Iowa was pegged as a preseason top 5 team by one ESPN analyst and is ranked in the vast, vast majority of preseason top 25 polls

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    Re: Lazard and media silence

    Doesn't bother me at all. I'm not a big fan of player interviews for the most part anyways. Yeah, there are usually a few articulate guys that sometimes have something good to say, but for the most part, what do you ever learn by hearing a basic interview from an athlete. I mean what are they ever really going to say that any of us need to know?

    I can't ever think of a basic postgame interview where I really learned anything I didn't already know. At best, the player comes off decent. Worst case, you just add fuel to any fire already started because the guy didn't answer the question like you wanted.

    The bad thing, I can see the media even scrutinizing him more, just because they don't have access to him, especially in Iowa, where the major paper and radio love to find anything ISU to bash.



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    Re: Lazard and media silence

    Too bad ISU doesn't have their own television channel or radio programming to let the fans hear from AL if he has a big game, etc. Oh wait, they do. Media may be off limits, but I bet John Walters, Erik Heft, etc. are not off-limits.



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    Re: Lazard and media silence

    Maybe this was Lazard's idea. He probably knows the central Iowa media/sports radio will be hounding him this fall and wants to avoid that.

    The Register will not be thrilled about this, especially if a highly regarded kid from their back yard comes in and produces right away and they can't talk to him. Expect a column bashing Rhoads for this move.


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    Re: Lazard and media silence

    Doesn't bother me. I do see it as one way for CPR to put some people in check...but I probably more see it as ensuring Allen can focus on football and being a good teammate. I don't know Allen, but he seems to be a very team oriented, humble guy....this move helps keep him out of the limelight.



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    Re: Lazard and media silence

    Is this a pretty hard rule or could there be some exceptions like after a big game? I guess if Lazard has a really big game or has the game winning catch, I could see CPR letting him speak at the press conference afterwards.



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    Re: Lazard and media silence

    Sounds like everyone who has posted in on the same page. We will keep on supporting the team with the hope of more success. That is what we all want. Seems like CPR is being a good parent to one of his boyz. Keep up the good work Coach!



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    Re: Lazard and media silence

    Quote Originally Posted by nj829 View Post
    Too bad ISU doesn't have their own television channel or radio programming to let the fans hear from AL if he has a big game, etc. Oh wait, they do. Media may be off limits, but I bet John Walters, Erik Heft, etc. are not off-limits.
    Technically, they are media. But I see your point.



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    Re: Lazard and media silence

    Quote Originally Posted by DBQR4CY View Post
    Lazard has......... the winning TD grab against Iowa? .....

    I think the Hawkeye radio guys should just keep talking about this real possibility. I'm glad they are thinking about next year's game already.


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    Re: Lazard and media silence

    I really don't understand why anyone other than the media would have a problem with this. I would want my highest rated recruit and hopeful star athlete to be as focused as possible. He still has twitter for all of you folks who have to have your non stop fix of what is happening in an athletes life.



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    Re: Lazard and media silence

    I think it is a good thing, Texas A&M doesnt let freshman talk to the media. Local guys are all hurt because traditionally ISU has been the more media friendly school. I don't blame CPR for doing this at all. I generally like Randy but I also dont think its good for the team if they start out 1-3 for every media member to be asking Lazard if he regrets coming here.

    Also CPR was probably a little upset of all the negative recruiting that went on against us, from ND and presumably Iowa. CPR gave Elliott a chance and he left and may have gone super negative on ISU.


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