Athletic Communications Office

The Oral Roberts Athletic Communications office is the liason between working media and Oral Roberts athletic programs. The office consists of one associate athletic director, one director, one assistant director and several student assistants, who publicize ORU athletics, including student-athletes, coaches and staff members.

The primary purpose of the Oral Roberts Communications Office is to serve as liaison between ORU athletics' administration, coaches and student-athletes and the local, state and national media.

To facilitate the requests of ORU officials and athletes as well as print and electronic media in order to ensure the best possible media coverage of ORU’s 16 varsity sports. The department provides a wide range of other services to meet the ever-growing needs of media covering collegiate sports, as well as to assist other information-seeking organizations and individuals. In addition, the department serves as the chief public relations branch of ORU athletics, keeping image a top priority in its dealings with media, fans and others wishing to learn more about ORU athletics and its people.

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Contact Information
Athletic Communications
Oral Roberts University
7777 S. Lewis Ave. 
Tulsa, OK 74147
Fax: (918) 495-7142

BlakeFreeland Blake Freeland
Associate A.D./Athletic Communications

Sports: Men's Basketball, M/W Golf, M/W Cross Country, M/W Outdoor Track & Field
Office Phone: 918-495-7181
Email: bfreeland@oru.edu  

 

Scott Slarks
Director of Athletic Communications

Sports: Baseball, Volleyball, Indoor Track & Field
Office Phone: 918-495-6646
Email: sslarks@oru.edu

 

Jarrett Hardwick
Assistant Director of Athletic Communications

Sports: Women's Basketball, M/W Soccer, M/W Tennis
Office Phone: 918-495-7094
Email: jhardwick@oru.edu

 


Media Interview Requests

Media wanting to interview Oral Roberts University student-athletes, coaches or staff must contact the Athletic Communications office, which will arrange the interview.

The best time to conduct interviews with student-athletes is after practice sessions, which vary by team, as do rules for interviewing at each team's practice – please check with the Athletic Communications office for more information about a specific sport.

Media that attend a practice session are asked to keep their distance from the action and not to talk to student-athletes or coaches while practice is occurring. An Athletic Communications representative will assist you in interviews after the practice's completion. Team meetings before, during or after practice are private and not accessible to the media.

Interviews that can not be conducted at that time will be arranged around the student-athlete or coach's schedule. Phone numbers of student-athletes will NOT be released to the media and media should NEVER attempt to call student-athletes at home.

It is requested that media give the Athletic Communications office enough advanced warning when they want to (a) arrange an interview or (b) attend a practice. Last minute interview requests cannot be guaranteed to be honored.

Post-game interviews following home contests are also handled through the Athletic Communications office. After a 10-minute cooling off period, coaches and requested student-athletes will be brought to the designated interview area for that sport. Locker rooms following contests are closed to the media.

The Athletic Communications office will do everything to respect the requests of the media and it is expected that the media respect the policies set forth by the Athletic Communications office.