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.



Should College Athletes Be Paid? And Is UAB Financially Able to commit?

This is a post from BelowAverageWriter.com.  It asks the question Should College Athletes Be Paid?.

Personally speaking my thought, they are “paid” in the sense of scholarships, room and board, meal plans, tuition/books, and a stipend for other incidental expenses.  Plus they receive sports medicine health care and other health care as necessary with hospitals and clinics on campus and off campus but close by.

There is a question of timing by UAB, though.

Is the University financially capable of supporting the program at its current level, and if not, how can the pork of administrative faculty (i.e. President/Chancellor, Deans, AD, other financial obligations) be trimmed and reassigned to support the program?  If UAB is in dire straits, it should have asked for help from both the Education Trust Fund and The Department of Education.

These questions need to be answered not by UAB itself, but through an independent third-party audit of the financial statements of UAB, plus practices of financial calculation they use need to be audited as well.

The math does not add up, and someone needs to be held responsible.  Dr. Ray Watts in his press conference announcing the return of the programs did not look to be very confident.  In fact, I think he had more doubt than anyone else on campus.  He’s had to hear the chants, see the social media outrage, watch student athletes make an exodus after the programs were imploded by his words, and hamper Coach Bill Clark’s work on the Blazers Football Program.

If the math doesn’t add up, there needs to be an audit.

BREAKING NEWS: ESPN Reports Swiss Authorities Arrest FIFA Officials in Fraud, Bribery Case for US

((BREAKING NEWS POST))  FIFA is now facing numerous charges as several official s are taken into custody by Swiss Authorities in cooperation with US authorities, that according to ESPN’s SportsCenter.

The officials of FIFA arrested by Swiss Authorities will be extradited to the US to face the charges, which will be announced by newly appointed US Attorney General Loretta Lynch and James Comey, Current FBI Director.

More will be announced tomorrow by the Justice Department in a press conference sometime Wednesday.

Connecticut Wins NCAA Title, 60-54 Over Kentucky

UConn Huskies earn their fourth NCAA Div. I National Championship in 15 years, and both teams were worthy. Read on!

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) ? Shabazz Napier scored 22 points and Connecticut won its second NCAA title in four years, beating all thoseKentuckyfreshmen 60-54 in the championship game Monday night.

Napier is among three UConn seniors who were part of the Huskies’ 2011 title. That trio stayed after coach Jim Calhoun’s retirement even when the Huskies were ineligible for the NCAA tournament last season.

They came back strong in coach Kevin Ollie’s second season, and the Huskies (32-8) went all the way to their fourth overall title.

Kentucky(29-11), with five freshmen starters, never led in the championship game.

The Wildcats missed 11 of 24 free throws, while the Huskies were perfect on 10 tries.

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NCAA Officials need NFL style Challenge ability…

I just watched a play, and I am furious!

CBS Sports is airing the game now, it’s #1 Alabama @ #6 Texas A&M.

Clinton-Dix from Alabama collided with the intended receiver for Texas A&M just as Manziel threw the ball to his intended receiver.  Originally the referee was going to eject Clinton-Dix from the game calling it a targeting penalty.  He even told the ref that his intention was to catch the ball…

Thanks to official review, though, Clinton-Dix got to stay in the game, but Alabama was penalized 15 yards.

By the way, ‘Bama is up 21-14 with less than 6 minutes in the first half.

Now, for my thought on this situation.

The NCAA needs to invest in red flags that coaches can put in their pockets during the game.  This is where the Coach can challenge the call, even the penalties.  They could receive the flag back if they have a successful challenge.  But once two failed challenges take place, the coach loses the right to challenge a call in the half.  He would get the flags back in the 3rd quarter’s beginning and use them through the rest of the second half.  Again, once two failed challenges happen during the course of the half, the coach loses the right to challenge.  When the game goes into Overtime, One red flag for each coach, and one unsuccessful challenge causes a loss of Challenge ability.

The Officials can review at any time.

That’s my thought.


BREAKING NEWS: Walker High Football Coach Resigns, Walker HS Fans respond



(Daily Mountain Eagle/other Sources)  JASPER–John Holladay did have a job until 4:40PM yesterday.

After Tuesday’s meeting with the Alabama High School Athletic Association, Holladay stepped down from his head coaching post four days after an on-field altercation caught on videotape with a Cullman coach Friday Night. Holladay is still suspended with pay since he is considered a physical education teacher and strength trainer and has neither resigned nor been dismissed from his position in the teaching capacity.

Both Walker High School and Cullman High School met with administrators at the AHSAA headquarters in Montgomery at 1PM Tuesday.  Steve Savarese, the Executive Director of the AHSAA, released a statement on the brawl and aftermath.

“The AHSAA is saddened by the incident that occurred during the Cullman vs. Walker varsity football game and disappointed by the actions of those involved […] The AHSAA is always disappointed by any unsportsmanlike incident that involves players or coaches from our member schools. Our coaches are teachers first, and must demonstrate examples of good sportsmanship at all times. We truly understand the passions that are involved in competitive athletics, but we can never allow those passions to cross the line and become unsportsmanlike in nature.” –Steve Savarese, Executive Director, Alabama High School Athletic Association

Read more: Daily Mountain Eagle – Walker s Holladay resigns after meeting with AHSAA

Cullman initially decided to not take disciplinary action, according to the Superintendent of schools Dr. Doreen Griffeth, but that could change once the investigation is complete.  Jasper Police Department is also investigating the incident and no word from them about criminal charges of any kind at the present moment.

Walker HS offensive coordinator Heath Brunner was named interim head coach after Holladay was put on administrative leave.  A decision from Savarese and the AHSAA would be handed to both Walker and Cullman by Friday at the earliest, At that point, The Schools would have the decision to release the decision to the public or keep it in house.  The AHSAA will also release a statement by Friday.

Fans on both sides of the football rivalry have spoken out, with some who saw it claiming Holladay was the principal aggressor, and Walker fans claiming Hopper from Cullman said something to set Holladay off.  WBRC FOX 6 News aired a report about the public not being showed the whole video.  Jasper fans say both coaches knew the arrangements would be to clear the field because of the tensions present between both teams’ fans and players.  The rivalry went from bad to worse and now some form of consequences will be set by the AHSAA after a complete investigation.

Jasper Community Reacts to Coach’s Resignation from Head Coach Posting

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