Newly-resigned Eagle men’s coach Tom Billups is talking with the media …
• American Rugby News: Billups Gives Reasons for his Stunning Decision (free)
• Planet Rugby: Billups Hits Out at US Administrators (free)
• Goff on Rugby: Billups Outlines Reasons for Leaving (Paid Subscription Required)
I have mentioned it before, but I will no longer be posting Goff on Rugby articles unless absolutely necessary. I posted the link above to better discuss my issues below.
GOR Editor Alex Goff has asked me to stop posting his full articles, which I unknowingly thought was okay to do as a paid subscriber as long as full credit was always given. He also told me that “it was a shame we could not have worked together” and that I would need permission for each individual story posted.
To which I responded that I would stop immediately and thanked him for alerting me to my mistake since I was unaware that my posting manner was incorrect. And yes, I agreed it was shame that we could not work together, so why not try?
But since I felt not posting anything would be a disservice to all of you since I enjoy some of his articles and interviews, I asked him for advice on how to best offer his articles to Saturday’s A Rugby Day readers. Especially since many of you have told me you were unaware that all of this rugby news & information was available on the web and we’ve have quite the growing women’s rugby audience here in one cool place. What a great way for him to reach out to potential new readers.
Additionally, I felt that asking permission for each potential story would be highly unrealistic, especially since I often find the same information – that he only offers paid subscribers – for free on the web with a bit of digging. But I didn’t want to have to work around, when I could work with and help out.
I offered up a few ideas, such as working together to promote his site via this blog to new women’s players in exchange for use of women’s rugby news or other similar ideas. I also asked for specific directions on what was okay to post/not okay to post if I did want to provide a link. I have yet to hear back from Alex on this since April 4. I find this very frustrating and today, I am e-mailing him again to find out what I can do.
Please know that I have no interest in being a rugby journalist, nor do I want to, in any way, prevent someone from making a living. I just want to share information with people that share my common interests. We are all fans of rugby. We are all rugby evangelists because we love this sport.
I just thought I should mention this, in case any of you were wondering.
Update: Great news! I e-mailed Alex Goff to tell him I hadn’t heard back from him since April 4, but wanted to know how I could proceed. He wrote back right away and hadn’t seen my most recent e-mail and was interested in working together some more. Hopefully, this means some more coverage for women’s rugby and some good stories to share here. Stay posted! I think this could be cool.