Awkward football interview offers perspective on Ohio’s great ag spokespeople

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest There has been quite a stir in the world of college football lately about a painfully awkward interview between ESPN’s Colin Cowherd and recently hired M*ch*gan head football coach Jim Harbaugh.On the day of the now notorious interview I was driving around western Ohio with Ty Higgins doing several story visits and we listened to the Harbaugh interview intently in the car. At first, when I heard that the new M*ch*gan coach was on, I immediately conjured up those wonderful crisp fall football Saturdays and the pure joy of watching the Buckeyes clobber the team from up north. Hopefully this experienced coach can help refuel the greatest rivalry in the sport (in a string of very painful and dramatic M*ch*gan losses, of course).The interview got off to a slow start, though, and I was soon thinking less of fall football victories and more about the painful experience of the increasingly hard-to-listen-to interview. It was a lesson in what not to do. There were numerous gaffs from both interviewer and interviewee, but Ty and I both were amazed at how this head coach making about a skajillion dollars could be so bad in an interview about his job as a head coach.The farmers we talk to every day do a better job than that Harbaugh interview, even though talking to reporters is not necessarily in their job description. I have conducted many interviews in my career, some of which have even been featured on the radio (not bad for a print guy). Since I started doing this as a writer in college there have been some awkward interviews, there have been some great interviews and everything in between. But no matter how smoothly an interview goes, I always appreciate talking to farmers and agribusiness professionals and I am always humbled that they are willing to share their stories with me.I am so fortunate to get to talk with so many great interview subjects, many who also serve as incredible spokespeople for agriculture. I consider it an honor when farmers take the time to talk with me, even though they don’t get paid a college football coach skajillion-dollar salary.Thanks to all who have been willing to do an interview with us through the years. As a whole you have represented your industry well and I’d rather talk to you than Jim Harbaugh any day. Go Bucks!last_img read more