CREDENTIALS Seating for working media on the second floor of the press box at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium/Rex Dockery Field is limited. Credentials are issued to working press only, and are at the full discretion of the athletic media relations director. Members of the media are asked to request credentials at least two weeks in advance. All requests are handled by Jennifer Rodrigues. Seating is limited and will be restricted to filing press, radio and television representatives' needs according to NCAA championship guidelines.
All credentials and parking passes are issued on a game-by-game basis and can be revoked at any time at the discretion of the media relations director. All requests must be submitted on company letterhead by the sports editor/sports director to be considered. Freelance writers/photographers will only be credentialed if the publication they are working for requests the credentials. At times, hard copies of the publication may be requested for verification. Your cooperation and understanding is appreciated.
Credentials for working media are issued according to the following criteria:
1. Local newspapers, wire services, national publications, newspapers from the opponent's area, and student newspapers from Memphis and the opponent. 2. Other daily newspapers with preference to those which regularly cover the Memphis Tigers. 3. Radio and television sports department personnel not broadcasting, but considered reporting. 4. Non-daily newspapers, with preference to those which regularly cover Memphis football. 5. Other weekly and monthly publications that regularly cover the Memphis Tigers. 6. Websites (* see restrictions) 7. Professional Scouts
***Websites - The official website of the Memphis Tigers and the official website of the visiting school will be credentialed. Other websites will not be credentialed unless they meet the following specifications:
1. Must be a legal corporate entity that has been in business at least one full calendar year and has provided coverage of Memphis Athletics or the visiting team for at least one year. 2. Must provide original daily coverage of ALL athletic teams from the U of M with its own staff of reporters, photographers and equipment. 3. Must travel to and cover all football away games and all major post-season events. 4. Must provide coverage of all press conferences of ALL athletic teams at the U of M. 5. Must be accredited by the home university as working media. 6. Must register at least 1 million unique users per month.
Websites that sponsor message boards, message centers or chat rooms where people are allowed to post anonymous information will not be issued credentials. If a medium has an online site and they sponsor anonymous forums, they may continue to request credentials under its traditional medium (newspaper, radio, television), but will not be granted additional passes for online staff.
Requests from individuals not employed by an accredited media outlet will not be considered. Fan websites and sites that the primary focus is recruiting will not be credentialed. Online entities will not receive photography credentials.
MEDIA WILL CALL Media/photo credentials which have not been mailed can be obtained at Media Will Call, located at the base of the press box elevator on the south side of the stadium. Media Will Call opens two hours prior to kickoff and closes at halftime.
PARKING The press parking lot is located on the south side (press box side) of Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium/Rex Dockery Field. The press lot is located just south of the elevator entrance. Admittance to this lot is through the main entrance of the Mid-South Coliseum, off Southern Avenue. Passes are issued by the Athletic Media Relations office and are limited.
TELEPHONES/INTERNET There are two general telephone lines located on the second floor of the press box at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium/Rex Dockery Field. These are for first-come, first-serve use only. It is suggested that media members, who want to order their own telephone lines, should first contact Jennifer Rodrigues at 901-678-2397 to inquire as to their seat location for the game. Once seat assignments are established, the media representative can call BellSouth offices at 1-800-766-9115 to order their telephone service. It is very important that you indicate your seat location when you place the order. The address of Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium is 335 South Hollywood Street, Memphis, TN 38104.
Ethernet connections are available on the second and fourth floors of the press box. There is limited wireless internet capability at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium.
VISITING RADIO The University and its flagship station, WREC600 Radio, provide courtesy telephone lines for the visiting radio broadcast. There are two standard lines and one ISDN line installed in the visiting radio booth on the fourth floor of the press box. Visiting radio can contact Jennifer Rodrigues for the telephone numbers. Any visiting radio wanting to set up in the stadium in their booth on the fourth floor the day before the game must contact Jennifer Rodrigues in advance so that the request can be coordinated through the stadium manager.
STATS/SERVICE Memphis will provide complete game statistics, including play-by-play, post-game notes and coaches' quotes in the press box. Statistics are also delivered to the radio booths throughout the game. Light food and beverages will be available in the press box throughout the game. Please contact a member of the Athletic Media Relations staff in advance if you will need statistics faxed or e-mailed to your organization. The entire statistical package will be posted at both www.GoTigersGo.com and www.collegepressbox.com immediately following the game.
POSTGAME INTERVIEWS The University of Memphis locker room is closed to members of the media following all games. At home games, head coach Larry Porter will be available in the Tiger interview room after the cooling off period. Requested players will also be available in the interview room. No media are permitted to interview coaches or players on the field prior to the 10-minute cooling off period.
SPOTTERS With at least a week's notice, Memphis can retain the services of a spotter for radio and television announcers. Our established fee is a minimum of $50 to be paid at the conclusion of the game. Please call our office at 901-678-2337 in advance and we will assist you in any way possible.
PHOTOGRAPHERS The sidelines at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium/Rex Dockery Field are very restricted and space is limited. Passes will be issued only for approved photographers representing daily newspapers, wire services, student newspapers, television stations and the athletic media relations office. Photographers will be restricted to the areas outside the 25-yard lines. Credentials will not be issued to freelance photographers or for online sites that are not considered national or the official sites of the schools competing. No photographers will be allowed inside the team bench areas in accordance with NCAA regulations. Photographers are not permitted to sell photos taken at U of M football games without the written consent of the athletic media relations office. All photographers must present their credential to an SID representative at the base of the press box elevator to receive a photo armband which allows access to the field during the game. All camera personnel must wear the armband in addition to the photo credential to remain on the field.
PRACTICE ATTENDANCE/INTERVIEWS Memphis football practices are closed with the exception of the first 20 minutes. Upon the completion of the first 20 minutes, all photographers (still/video) are to stop shooting and all media are to leave the practice fields. All interviews will be coordinated through Jennifer Rodrigues. Interviews with players will be limited to Monday - Wednesday and after games on Saturday. During the week, players are available prior to their team meeting, and will not be made available following practice. Coach Porter will be made available after practice Tuesday - Thursday on game weeks. On weeks that games are played on days other than Saturday, please contact Jennifer Rodrigues for the cut-off days for interviews.
MONDAY PRESS CONFERENCES Head coach Larry Porter holds his weekly press luncheon on Mondays at 11:30 a.m. The luncheon is held in the Athletic Office Building. Members of the media are invited to lunch at 11:30 a.m. The press conference begins at noon.
CONTACTING LARRY PORTER All interview requests for coach Larry Porter must be placed through Jennifer Rodrigues of the Athletic Media Relations Office at 901-678-2397.
PRE-GAME NOTES The University of Memphis Athletic Media Relations Office places all of its game notes and statistics on the www.GoTigersGo.com and collegepressbox.com websites by Monday morning of each game week. If you have trouble accessing the information on the website, please contact Jennifer Rodrigues for a PDF to be e-mailed directly to you.
SATELLITE FEEDS Each member institution of Conference USA provides the league with weekly highlights from their previous game, as well as interviews with their head coaches and key players. The videos are edited into highlight clips and are uplinked for use by television stations across the country. Contact the Athletic Media Relations Office for additional information about the uplink process.
C-USA WEBSITE Additional football information about Conference USA and its member institutions can be obtained by logging on to www.conferenceusa.com. The conference site has up-to-date statistics and rankings of all league schools.
C-USA TELECONFERENCE Conference USA will host a coaches teleconference on select Mondays throughout the 2010 football season.The first call will be held on Monday, Aug. 30 with additional calls taking place on Sept. 6, Sept. 13, Oct. 4 and Nov. 8.
Coach Larry Porter is available on the teleconference at 1:19 p.m. CDT. Media representatives wishing to participate on the teleconference should contact Russ Anderson in the C-USA office to obtain the access phone number. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Below is the full schedule for each week the call is hosted. All times listed as CDT:
1:00 p.m. Players of the Week/Notes 1:05 p.m. Ruffin McNeill, East Carolina 1:12 p.m. Doc Holliday, Marshall 1:19 p.m. LARRY PORTER, MEMPHIS 1:26 p.m. Larry Fedora, USM 1:33 p.m. Kevin Sumlin, Houston 1:40 p.m. David Bailiff, Rice 1:47 p.m. June Jones, SMU 1:54 p.m. Bob Toledo, Tulane 2:01 p.m. Neil Callaway, UAB 2:08 p.m. Mike Price, UTEP 2:15 p.m. Todd Graham, Tulsa 2:22 p.m. George O'Leary, UCF
WWW.COLLEGEPRESSBOX.COM CollegePressBox.com is the official media website for Conference USA football. Access and download weekly game notes, quotes, statistics, media guides and more for the conference and each of its 12 member schools throughout the season. Login information will be distributed to accredited media or you can apply for a password by sending an e-mail to email@example.com.