However this Monday is different. After I watched the entire ESPN "Outside The Lines" segment on Sunday concerning FSU and it's academic scandal from a few months ago I feel compelled to post a few links on behalf of Seminole Nation so that both sides of the story get told. Please bear with me as this post will contain tons of information.
I remember sometime within the first week I met Coach Johnson he told me about his disdain for everything ESPN and the arrogance with which he felt they reported most of their news with; after Sunday I can see now where Coach was coming from.
ESPN's entire report was extremely one-sided and never once attempted to illustrate the positives of FSU's Athletic Department. I am going to paste a letter from the Florida State Athletics Director Randy Spetman that was released in anticipation of the OTL segment. I am also going to post some thoughts that I have found from other FSU supporters that sum up pretty well just how I feel about the entire situation. Please take the time to read all that I post as I feel fairly confident that a different view of FSU's athletics and academics will emerge, as well as a different view of the folks featured in the ESPN's "Outside The Lines" segment.
1 - AD Spetman's letter to Seminole Nation as well as an email correspondence he had with ESPN about the piece.
Dear Seminole fan,
- "Let's see. It's shocking, shocking I tell you that a one-sided documentary against FSU would be authored by a graduate of rival University of Florida Gator Journalism school. What's this world coming to?"
That's right, the reporter of the story is a UF grad. If you don't think that makes a difference then you obviously didn't go to school in the south. You don't think an Auburn grad would jump at the chance to bury Alabama? Georgia Tech grad wouldn't want to embarrass UGA? I know this played a factor in the timing of this piece as well as the lack of research and failing to find credible sources by ESPN with which to make their point).
- Interesting point about the timing of this story:
"You need to understand the internet news economy to understand why ESPN is pushing this story now. Its all about 'google hits' and 'key word searches' and 'click throughs'... there has been a lot of news about Bowden's retirement lately, and thus FSU gets a lot of searches. As a result, lets issue more stories about FSU to get in peoples search results and ultimately get people reading 'our story'... "
- If you don't think ESPN is bias take a look at this great piece of work scheduled for next weekend for SEC Network, oops, I mean ESPN:
fsu_student (12/14/2009 at 2:55 PM)
Next time on outside the lines, a hard hitting investigative report entitled "Inside the SEC: How the conference is as close as it gets to the pros". seriously, look it up if you don't believe me
yetimcclin (12/14/2009 at 3:14 PM)
Holy crap. FSU_student wasn't kidding. ESPN is officially a joke.
"What chance does the kid with the 60 IQ have in life if he doesnt get to play football? Why should the kid who scores 1300 on his SATs be the only one to have a chance? Can that player help bring in millions and millions to his school, can he catch a ball high across the middle with a 260 lb linebacker barrin down? How are these kids gonna make anything of themselfs when the school system has already failed them if they cant go to college on their athletic merit?"
Finally I'd just like to say that I believe what happened within the athletic department was wrong. Clearly the athletic department felt the same way or they wouldn't have self-reported in order to clean house, which they summarily did shortly following the self-reporting.
Unfortunately if ESPN would have discussed all the items I've posted here (Randy Spetman's letter, the background of Brenda Monk and Fred Rouse, the AJC Investigation, the house-cleaning conducted by FSU's athletic department) it clearly would have hurt the effectiveness of ESPN's report.
It stinks that the truth lost out to clicks and neilsen ratings, but I'm not surprised, it seems pretty commonplace now-a-days.