SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Some things are bigger than stories

Published: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 16:24 PM.

Being the News Bulletin’s sports editor can occasionally be time consuming — to say the least. I often plan my schedule and days off around games or college scholarship signings.

Sometimes, like last week, I have no choice but to take time off — even when I know something big is about to break. As much as I love this job and breaking stories, family is more important, and my dad, who lives in DeLand, was having a health crisis that required me to head south a few days.

Before leaving Tuesday afternoon, I talked to Crestview High School assistant principal Dexter Day, chairperson of the head football coach/athletic director search committee. He told me the committee had a man they were ready to recommend to the school board. Day also said there were a few minor details to iron out before making the name — that we now know is Tim Hatten — official.

Day said I would be the first to know when he could release the name — which he did, as I made the drive to be with Dad.

A part of every newspaper reporter lives to work and break a story, and although I Hatten's name and some details, this was one story I'd have to give to somebody else. So I called my boss, editor Thomas Boni, and we agreed it was best to give the story to our sister organization, the Northwest Florida Daily News.

For the record, I predicted that Hatten would get the job.

As I eyed the applicants’ names and resumes, Hatten stood above the rest. Granted, I didn't officially write Hatten's name down until 24 hours before I got the call saying he was the guy, but a prediction is a prediction right up until post time.



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