The legion of Kentucky fans appalled and outraged by the story posted Friday morning on CBSSports.com is no doubt growing by the second.
You need to brace yourselves, members of the Big Blue Nation, because it’s only going to get worse.
As part of the “Critical Coaches” feature, an anonymous survey of nearly 100 college basketball coaches revealed that 34 percent believe John Calipari to be the biggest cheater in college basketball.
This is where we are now in sports “journalism,” although that term seems to be dissolving in a stew of internet-driven blogs and web sites. Anyone and everyone now can be a publisher, and some bloggers have managed to ingratiate themselves into “mainstream” media, snagging press credentials and demanding rights and privileges, but all the while maintaining that they’re NOT what the credential says they are.
CBS - that’s a different story.
“We're allowing coaches to discuss ‘perceptions’ of the sport anonymously,” the site’s Gary Parrish said via Twitter. “I'm OK if you disagree with the premise. But it's the same premise we used for the overrated/underrated questions. This is just taking it up a degree, I guess.”
I have no problem with the premise, or how CBS went about gathering its opinions. Allowing coaches to rate their peers as “overrated” in today’s internet/ESPN-driven world of lists, rankings and awards may not have been the classiest thing to do, but it’s almost benign by comparison.
Anonymously calling a man a cheater, saying he’s guilty of the worst crime of which one can be accused within your sport – that’s cowardly. And no news organization should be complicit in the process.
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