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Nice breakdown. I would add that Tennessee also missed two FGs and one PAT. Had the Vols executed on special teams and avoided some of the turnovers, they probably would have won.
2 years ago on Miranda Writes: A By-The-Numbers Breakdown Of UGA-UT
@John at MrSEC Over the last week you have put forth strawman argument after strawman argument that paint Spurrier as some crazy power-monger. You have turned this entire episode into a "Freedom of the Press" and "Penn State Football Institution of Evil" scenario. All the while you try to paint Morris as an "I'm just doing my job" kind of guy. I realize this is a sports site, but why not offer up an Adolph Hitler or Nazi Germany reference? That what be just as reasonable as anything you have put forth. Everyone knows this is about Morris and his track record for lying. But that's not going to help you write another piece.
As an aside, I do enjoy the site and look forward to checking it most every day.
2 years ago on Doyel: Spurrier Needs To Worry About Coaching, Not The Media
If you missed it, Gallup released a poll several weeks ago that revealed 60% (almost 2 out of 3) of Americans have little or no trust in the media's ability to report with fairness and accuracy. You’ll write this poll off as coming from people who only want to receive news that confirms their point of view. The reality is that it comes as a result of the media being caught publishing or reporting half-truths or outright falsehoods over and over again with little to no shame when exposed.
Instead of throwing your full-fledged support towards a known prevaricator, why don't you do some policing of your own "profession"? It might help restore some of the public's lost trust in your trade.
Get a grip. This is not a freedom of press issue. When was the last time a "journalist" was thrown in jail for something they wrote? The civil war? Freedom of the press means the government can't lock you up for unpopular opinions and criticism. It doesn't mean that you can write anything you like, whether it's true or not and have the public applaud you for it. People are angry with Morris because he is a liar.
Morris has a history of telling lies (a fact conveniently excluded from your pieces and Doyel's). Lies that can be very harmful to Spurrier and his ability to walk into a living room and convince a highschool kid's parents that he will take care of their kid and deal with them in a forthright manner. These lies cost Morris nothing to write and have earned him the cheers of people like Doyel and yourself.
No serious person believes that they're above criticism, and certainly not a head coach of a major college football program. Morris's column was not about criticism. Questioning a coaches's decision to start a player and bringing up the Penn State program in the same discussion is irresponsible and borderline slanderish. Morris has a track record of this sort of thing. Last year he fabricated information in order to support a story about the football coach back-dooring the basketball coach to gain access to a basketball player. Both coaches stated publicly that there was no back-dooring at all. Journalists like controversy, especially when it involves a successful institution or person. What qualifications does Morris have? The only qualifications to write fiction are literacy and access to a computer.
2 years, 1 month ago on No Speculating: Spurrier Hits Morris With Both Barrels, Says He May “Head To The Beach”