When will “anonymous” sources have the guts to put their name to wild rumors? (UPDATED)

As I write this update in italics, I found this post and remembered that this all started with an overzealous media wanting to put who they want in the hot seat, not who is best qualified.  Four games into the 2016 season, Les Miles was fired by LSU, and I couldn’t help but think the same now as I did when I first wrote this piece.  

All weekend, news outlets all over the nation, and ESPN as well, fanned the flames of a possible disposition of employment of Louisiana State University Tigers head coach Les Miles.

Of course, now ESPN backtracks and says that the rumors of Les Miles career demise are greatly exaggerated.

All of the reporting surrounding this situation was citing “anonymous sources” or otherwise, the people who wouldn’t put their names on it.

Some Loyalty.

Now, Les Miles can do what Tommy Tubberville did at Auburn after the Board of Trustees tried to get rid of him at Auburn.  Miles, like Tubberville back then, now has carte blanc to really get what he wants at LSU.  Though, it does come with one caveat…

Miles must strike a balance between getting what he wants and potentially bankrupting the college and boosters.

LSU has more than just Miles’ career in consideration.  They now have to deal with who let out the rumors and caused the situation that played out on sports talk and television.

The key now is who was responsible for the rumors.  Who should go for potentially causing a very bad public relations nightmare for the University?

The way I look at it is this.  Never say anything that you can’t put your name to.  If you can’t go on the record, don’t say it.  And if you’re going to say it, put your name with it and take responsibility.

“Anonymous sources” clearly makes the issue hard to grasp, so when I do become a journalist, I will not use anonymous sources except in critical situations, not the potential change of a head coach’s job, but something more real of a clear and present danger.

Stop hiding behind “anonymous” and start having strength to put your name where the “facts” are.

 

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