Congratulations to the Daily Texan, the Texas student newspaper, for standing up to bullying tactics by a Longhorn athletic department official.
The Daily Texan, in an editorial titled "Unwritten rules of covering college sports hurt readers," tells the story of behind-the-scenes maneuvering by assistant athletic director John Bianco, who did his best to get a story on quarterback John Chiles removed from the paper's blog. Here is part of the editorial:
"Last month, The Daily Texan reported on its blog that the Austin Police Department suspended an assault with injury investigation in which Longhorns backup quarterback John Chiles was a suspect. When the Texan originally reported that APD confirmed Chiles as a suspect, assistant athletics director John Bianco wrote several threatening emails to Daily Texan sports editor and journalism senior Ricky Treon, calling him unprofessional and his reporting 'untruthful.'
"Bianco warned that other news agencies (and potential employers) 'realize how you do business now,' which 'will hurt you in the long run.' He also said that if the Texan's editors didn't pull the post off the blog, 'John Chiles would understandably have an issue with the entire paper' which would be 'unfortunate for the Texan's long-term working relationship with him.' "