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Loving the Big 12

Long story short, I left Palm Springs after the Big 12 Conference offered me the 1-year internship/co-op position of “Internet Services Assistant” in June. I started on July 1st and it’s been an absolute joy. It really doesn’t feel like work at all. The hours are very low-stress, usually 8 to 5 unless I have to stay late and get something done. My job entails making videos and graphics for Big12sports.com – we started with Big 12 Athlete of the Year videos for each school, then football previews and preseason awards. Today, I finished a feature nat-sound package about the Missouri football student-athletes and their trip to Big 12 football media days this past week. After meeting them at DFW’s general aviation area (see – luxury/no security/no lines/free parking) I followed my alma mater’s football representatives around for a little while (Blaine Gabbert, Derrick Washington, and Kevin Rutland) and shot some video of their nonstop interviews with TV, radio, and print reporters. I felt like getting to talk with Gabbert, Washington, and Rutland was cool because they were pretty candid about their thoughts on media day (both good and bad). Coach Gary Pinkel was his usual AMERICUH self – so old school 1960s mannerisms and unique twang he’s developed after years of coaching in Ohio, Washington, and Missouri. I also got Missouri’s SID Chad Moller on-camera to talk about what it’s like on his end with the student-athletes and making sure they’re comfortable at such a big event.

Afterwards, I rode with the guys back to the airport and planned on keeping the camera rolling like I did on the way to the hotel. But my zooming in on coach Pinkel apparently annoyed him, and, in his most Americuh twang and death-stare, growled at me, “I need that off.” I chuckled and complied – we had agreed beforehand it would be OK with me to turn it off if requested. I completely understood wanting the camera off – he’d been in interviews for 5 hours straight and wanted to talk freely for once with his guys…which he did, and I enjoyed listening to it as he had some interesting things to say. Just one of those things…it was cooler with the camera off anyway because I got to hear stuff I wouldn’t have had it been on. I bade them farewell at the airport and shot some video of them getting into the plane, then taxiing away.

I talked to a few guys from Colorado, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma to see if their experiences were similar. And, for the most part, they were. Nate Solder from Colorado and Steven Sheffield from Texas Tech were really cool guys, as was Travis Lewis from Oklahoma. All 3 appear in my pkg.

I’ll try to get back to blogging more often now that I have a pretty regular work schedule!

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  1. Latest blog posts | Brian Mortensen on Sunday, August 1, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    […] Loving the Big 12 Long story short, I left Palm Springs after the Big 12 Conference offered me the 1-year internship/co-op position of “Internet Services Assistant” in June. I started on July 1st and it’s been an absolute joy. It really doesn’t feel like work at all. The hours are very low-stress, usually 8 to 5 unless I have […] […]

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