ST. LOUIS (USBWA) – In an effort to better
serve writers covering NCAA tournament games, the U.S. Basketball
Writers Association is partnering with the NCAA
and the Associated Press Sports Editors (APSE)
to provide liaisons assigned by APSE to assist media coordinators
with media-related issues at NCAA men's tournament sites.
The liaisons are all sports editors of dailies in cities where
NCAA tournament games are played. They will serve in an advisory
capacity at each tournament site, working with the media coordinators
in the following areas:
1. Assisting with seat assignments that are
within NCAA guidelines to ensure that a deserving entity doesn't
get overlooked. The USBWA recommends that full consideration is
given to a publication/website that is committed to covering the
sport or a team throughout the season. The liaisons are serving
as consultants only. The NCAA makes the final call on all seat assignments.
2. Monitoring the postgame cooling-off periods
after games to assure that time limits are adhered to.
3. Providing pool reporters when needed.
The USBWA will continue to appoint pool reporters at each site,
drawing primarily from officers, board members and past presidents.
In the event a suitable USBWA member is not available, the APSE
liaison would be asked to assign the pool reporter.
The USBWA worked with Dave Worlock, director of media coordination
and statistics for the NCAA, and Gerry Ahern, vice president for
content, USA Today Sports Media Group, to form the partnership.
"We received valuable input from APSE on some important issues
over the past year," said USBWA President Kirk Wessler, sports editor
and columnist at the Peoria Journal Star. "APSE's involvement with
providing NCAA tournament site liaisons is a great example of how
our three organizations can work together to help solve a common
Here are the sports editors who are serving as liaisons for the
NCAA men's tournament this year:
FIRST ROUND (March 18-19)
John Boyle, Dayton Daily News
SECOND-THIRD ROUNDS (March 20-23)
Buffalo: Lisa Wilson, Buffalo News
• Milwaukee: Mike Davis, Milwaukee
• Orlando: Roger Simmons, Orlando Sentinel
• Raleigh: Steve Ruinsky, Raleigh News and Observer
• San Antonio:
Gary Newsom, San Antonio Express News
• San Diego: Todd Adams,
• Spokane: Joe Palmquist, Spokane Spokesman-Review
• St. Louis: Roger Hensley, Cameron Hollway, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
REGIONALS (March 27-30)
• Memphis: David
Williams, Memphis Commercial Appeal
• Anaheim: Todd Harmonson,
Orange County Register
• New York: Jason Stallman, The New York
• Indianapolis: Ronnie Ramos, Indianapolis Star