Lately I’ve noticed what is to me a disturbing trend. As documented in a #FF post on Spin Sucks, I am an avid college football fan. I mean, you can ask my husband – on Saturdays, college football is on all day long. (Clemson Tigers!)
Here is what I’m seeing and hearing. Before, during and after the game, a sports reporter does brief interviews on the sidelines with each head coach.
The reporter asks a few questions and usually ends the short interview with “Thanks, Coach”. Until this season.
This gets my goat. Since when is it appropriate to call Coach by his first name? I must have missed that memo.
Here is my thought process: The reporter has a professional relationship with these coaches. Coach is the respectful term – it’s a title.
Reporters, please stop. Respect the coaches for who they are and what they are doing – being Coach.