It’s worth noting these are the conference championship games. There are a lot of hot-name coaches in these games. I can’t see an instance in which any would interview with any team before their title games have been played.
ACC: Clemson vs. Virginia
American: Memphis vs. Cincinnati
Big Ten: Ohio State vs. Wisconsin
Big 12: Oklahoma vs. Baylor
C-USA: FAU vs. UAB
MAC: Central Michigan vs. Miami (Ohio)
Mountain West: Boise State vs. Hawaii
Pac-12: Oregon vs. Utah
SEC: LSU vs. Georgia
Sun Belt: Appalachian State vs. Louisiana-Lafayette
That is not true. I am extremely cautious about using sources in stories and go to great lengths to make sure what they are telling is true. Any time we have a sourced story it has been double verified.
That leads us to be later reporting some stories than others are. But it also saves us from reporting incorrect information.
As for the rest of your post, there is nothing wrong with asking, but I’m not going to throw out “hot rumors.” That’s not reporting, and reporting is what we do.
Thanks for sticking with the principles of journalistic integrity, Matt. There are so very many people who will never understand what that entails in regards to someone unwilling to step outside the bounds of their job as a reporter. Bloggers, talking heads, opinion pieces and social media in general are another matter.