What I’d Say to Steve Spurrier (by Natalie Adams)

Few academics ever get a chance to appear on shows that people actually watch. So, when ESPN called me early December 2003, I was ecstatic. They flew me to New York to appear on their morning show, “Cold Pizza,” to talk about my new book, Cheerleader! An American Icon. I arrived at the ESPN studio ready for my live interview only to find out that Steve Spurrier was bumping me. He had resigned as coach of the Washington Redskins the night before. Apparently ESPN producers thought his resignation was more newsworthy than a book on cheerleading. He got the live spot, and my interview was taped during a commercial and aired two weeks later. Thanks, Steve.