Head Football Coach, The University of Tulsa
Would you believe that Bill Blankenship, head football coach for the University of Tulsa, doesn’t read sports first?
“I keep my iPad by my toothbrush and every morning, the first thing I do is download the Tulsa World. I start with the front page and local news, then I turn to sports,” Bill says.
“It’s by far the best place to get in-depth high school coverage,” he says. “And it’s a great recruiting resource. Often, I’ll read a story, then follow up with a text of encouragement to the player or coach.”
“But I probably read less about college football than most coaches. I try to spend my free time gaining a broader perspective.
As a former science teacher, I like medical stories, education stories, news from the Middle East.”
“My wife says I’m a snippet kind of guy – I know just enough to get me in trouble,” he laughs. “But I hope it keeps me balanced. And I hope I can pass the same perspective on to our players. I believe education breeds caring.”
“We can say we’re good, caring people. But honestly, if you don’t know the issues, how can you really care? The comprehensive culture of our athletic program is to give back to Tulsa and make a difference, and I don’t think that happens unless you’re aware.”
Don’t take a pass on local news. Read the Tulsa World and tulsaworld.com, every day. And post this ad on your fridge at home or at the office so others will read it, too!