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    Re: McCool out at the Register

    Bummer. Usually had pretty good pieces about the CIML wrestling teams, even if he was restricted in coverage by the higher-ups at the DMR.



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    Re: McCool out at the Register

    Here is what I don't understand. The Register will keep two beat writers for Iowa and Iowa State, yet they have a sister paper in Iowa City (Iowa City Press-Citizen) which means they could effectively get rid of the Iowa beat writer.

    When McCool was out sick -- during the Big 12 wrestling tournament I believe -- the Register's coverage sucked.

    I say this is bad news for the ISU wrestling program. They won't get near the coverage as Iowa because of what I've pointed out above. The Register will get Iowa wrestling stories from the Iowa City Press-Citizen, but will have to get stories from other papers which do not have an ISU slant.



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    Re: McCool out at the Register

    Why cann't the ISU and Iowa beat writers do the wrestling stories. I guess I dont understand the newspaper business, but I just dont understand how you can afford to have a writer around to write one story a day.


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    Re: McCool out at the Register

    Quote Originally Posted by kingcy View Post
    Why cann't the ISU and Iowa beat writers do the wrestling stories. I guess I dont understand the newspaper business, but I just dont understand how you can afford to have a writer around to write one story a day.
    Maybe because wrestling and basketball seasons run concurrently? I really have no idea, just throwing it out there.

    Then again, there aren't anywhere near as many dates in wrestling, so maybe that argument wouldn't work.

    Gonna be a bit biased here - when it came to covering the Hawks, it used to be that there wasn't a paper in the state that came close to covering them the way the Register did. That has changed, as now it's the Gazette that runs circles around anything the Register puts out.



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    Re: McCool out at the Register

    Quote Originally Posted by TarHeelHawk View Post
    Maybe because wrestling and basketball seasons run concurrently? I really have no idea, just throwing it out there.

    Then again, there aren't anywhere near as many dates in wrestling, so maybe that argument wouldn't work.

    Gonna be a bit biased here - when it came to covering the Hawks, it used to be that there wasn't a paper in the state that came close to covering them the way the Register did. That has changed, as now it's the Gazette that runs circles around anything the Register puts out.
    You hit this nail right on the head. The Register used to be known as the "Newspaper Iowa Depends On." Not anymore. The Gazette has surpassed the Register in so many ways it is not even funny.

    Again, I refer back to the Big 12 and Big 10 wrestling tournaments. McCool was sick and the Register didn't send anyone over to Lincoln, Neb. to cover the Big 12 tournament. The ISU coverage was sickening.

    Conversely, Andy Hamilton from the I.C. Press-Citizen wrote for the P-C and the Register used his stories -- much better coverage for Iowa in the Register.

    If the Gazette could find a way to expand its coverage area, the Gazette would kick the Register's butt in Central Iowa.



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    Re: McCool out at the Register

    I am guessing they will use Andy Hamilton for wrestling coverage, he writes for the Press Citizen and has done freelance work for ESPN and others. He is very good.


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    Re: McCool out at the Register

    Quote Originally Posted by JonDMiller View Post
    I am guessing they will use Andy Hamilton for wrestling coverage, he writes for the Press Citizen and has done freelance work for ESPN and others. He is very good.

    Probably the only PC "reporter" I can stand.



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    Re: McCool out at the Register

    Quote Originally Posted by JonDMiller View Post
    I am guessing they will use Andy Hamilton for wrestling coverage, he writes for the Press Citizen and has done freelance work for ESPN and others. He is very good.

    He may be good, but he won't be covering any Iowa State wrestling. You can bank on that. I mean, will he be driving to Ames to cover key meets? Highly doubtful.

    Therefore, I am anticipating coverage of Iowa State wrestling in the Register will not be good. Coverage of Iowa wrestling, however, will be.



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    Re: McCool out at the Register

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneYoda View Post
    Probably the only PC "reporter" I can stand.
    Hawk fans feel the same way!



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    Re: McCool out at the Register

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyrocks View Post

    He may be good, but he won't be covering any Iowa State wrestling. You can bank on that. I mean, will he be driving to Ames to cover key meets? Highly doubtful.

    Therefore, I am anticipating coverage of Iowa State wrestling in the Register will not be good. Coverage of Iowa wrestling, however, will be.
    When there were home meets on the same night, did McCool go to Ames 100% of the time?


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    Re: McCool out at the Register

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyrocks View Post
    You hit this nail right on the head. The Register used to be known as the "Newspaper Iowa Depends On." Not anymore. The Gazette has surpassed the Register in so many ways it is not even funny.

    Again, I refer back to the Big 12 and Big 10 wrestling tournaments. McCool was sick and the Register didn't send anyone over to Lincoln, Neb. to cover the Big 12 tournament. The ISU coverage was sickening.

    Conversely, Andy Hamilton from the I.C. Press-Citizen wrote for the P-C and the Register used his stories -- much better coverage for Iowa in the Register.

    If the Gazette could find a way to expand its coverage area, the Gazette would kick the Register's butt in Central Iowa.
    It might have something to do with the Gazette not being controlled by a corporate behemoth like Gannett. They've had to deal with just as many cost cuttings measures and layoffs as the Register has, along with one of the worst floods in the history of the country, but they still do a great job.

    Their website is much easier to navigate than the Register's - their sports blogs are all linked right on the front page; it's just a much better product overall.



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    Re: McCool out at the Register

    Quote Originally Posted by JonDMiller View Post
    When there were home meets on the same night, did McCool go to Ames 100% of the time?


    He went a majority of the time. I would say close to 85 percent. The Register used Hamilton's write-ups for Iowa home meets.

    Surely you are not impying Hamilton will cover Iowa State equally as Iowa FROM IOWA CITY. Usually the Big 12 and Big 10 Tournaments are on the same weekend. Any bets which tournament Hamilton covers all the time?



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    Re: McCool out at the Register

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyrocks View Post


    He went a majority of the time. I would say close to 85 percent. The Register used Hamilton's write-ups for Iowa home meets.

    Surely you are not impying Hamilton will cover Iowa State equally as Iowa FROM IOWA CITY. Usually the Big 12 and Big 10 Tournaments are on the same weekend. Any bets which tournament Hamilton covers all the time?
    If I'm understanding you correctly, the Register now doesn't have any beat writers for wrestling; they just use Hamilton's write-ups from the PC?

    That would make covering both squads a bit of a challenge.



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    Re: McCool out at the Register

    Quote Originally Posted by TarHeelHawk View Post
    If I'm understanding you correctly, the Register now doesn't have any beat writers for wrestling; they just use Hamilton's write-ups from the PC?

    That would make covering both squads a bit of a challenge.
    McCool WAS the Register's wrestling writer. You are correct

    I realize he couldn't be everywhere, however, the Register had Hamilton's coverage of Iowa to fall back on so it wasn't like McCool was the lone ranger on this.

    So you are right. IF Hamilton turns out to be the "wrestling" writer for the Register, it would be difficult to cover both programs. Hamilton's ties, however, are with Iowa -- not Iowa State.

    Also, I guess I never had a problem with Hamilton's write-ups on Iowa wrestling, but it appears you do. I'm curious as to why you don't think much of Hamilton.



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