Today’s bad nut goes to radio station KAKS, general manager Dan Storrs, Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino and that segment of Razorbacks who called for reporter Renee Gork to be fired.
The cause of the firing, Gork wore a Florida Gators hat to work. Now granted Gork is a sports reporter and wore the Florida hat to a Arkansas press conference, unquestionably a faux pas. Coach Petrino called her out on it and after answering her question said that was the last question he will answer from her while she is wearing the Florida hat.
Gork made a mistake, a big mistake but not one that reflects her skills as a reporter or radio host. And Coach Petrino was well within his right to call her on it. That’s how it goes in the culture of college football. Had that been the end of it, all would be fine.
Like all people with too much time on their hands and a lack of concern about real issues that plague our society a segment of Razorback fans called for Gork’s demise. Now The Squirrelologist isn’t blaming the majority of rational thinking Arkansas fans (go Razorbacks), just the rabid senseless ones that wanted someone fired for one meaningless mistake that had no reflection on how they did their job. Did Coach Petrino or any Arkansas officials call for Gork’s termination? They claim they did not but of course stories are starting to leak out suggesting they did. At a minimum, if they did not want her fired they could have diffused the situation, made a joke and welcomed Gork to the next press conference with a new Arkansas hat. They could have saved her job. So if they didn’t want her gone (and we are not sure they didn’t) they are guilty of standing by and watching her hang.
And to general manager Dan Storrs and the KAKS management a giant bad nut for being such cowards and capitulating to a few crazy people who wanted Gork gone. How pathetic that they could not stand up to support their own employee and instead took the easy way out. It makes one wonder if there were actually forces from Arkansas and the football program that put pressure on the radio station to take this action and the station had no choice but to do this to maintain their access to the football program. Either way its sad and pathetic. Hopefully Gork either sues them for a boatload of cash or rides the wave of publicity to a bigger better job. She will have the support of The Squirrelologist.