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It's easy to see why it's a national story: It's so bizarre that it captures the imagination. Why do this? Why go through all of this? Why kill her off (either Te'o or the alleged hoaxers)? Plenty of people have had a fake girlfriend (I hear Canada is full of 'em) or embellished about a relationship, but not many people have done so to ESPN and The New York Times while capturing Heisman votes over better players - looking at you, Jarvis Jones. Also, not many people take the time to kill their car crash victim, pretend girlfriends with lukemia.
Is this as important as the gun control debate, the economy or the upcoming DOMA trial? Clearly no. It's not even nearly as important as Declan Sullivan or Elizabeth Seeberg - not that I can recall Swarbrick shedding any tears there. But it is completely fascinating. Lance Armstrong dopes? No big shocker. We know why. Successful golfer cheats? We see the motive. There's no clear motive here for anyone, which makes it irresistible.
All that said, I love the site and think you guys have the best, fairest, most complete and interesting coverage. Keep up the good work!
4 months ago on Scorn For Te'o? How 'Bout Scorn For Those Of Us In The Media Instead?
@John at MrSEC @KY_Daktari @jMals
John, any thoughts on if Petrino can really break the ceiling and get, say, Tennessee not only to winning but consistently competing for titles without a defense on the same level as the rest of the SEC elite (LSU, Bama, UGA, FL, South Carolina all have really great D's)?
Love the site! Keep up the great work!
5 months, 3 weeks ago on SEC Athletic Directors: Time To Hold Your Nose, Hire Petrino
@KY_Daktari I agree that if I were a Kentucky fan, I wouldn't want him either. I just meant his style would be a better fit at Kentucky. UK has more obstacles to overcome I think than UT to get back to winning and Petrino's style (again - on field only) seems built to gain some short term success, though I agree that he'll probably leave the next school in shambles as well.
I think both schools know to keep looking.
Best of luck with basketball season! I have a good UK friend and last year when we won the BCS and UK won March Madness, we treated ourselves to a Champions steak dinner. Hoping we can make it two years in a row!
Big, big fan of the site. Read it multiple times a day.
I feel like I'm missing something with Petrino. Off the field issues aside, I think Kentucky should go after him full press. However, Auburn and Tennessee? Couldn't they land someone better? Petrino's record at Arkansas and Louisville was nice, but the man has never fielded a good - much less great - defense. He'll win some games but get slapped around by LSU and Bama. (yes yes, he beat LSU once I think and came close to upsetting Alabama once. But that's it.)
As a Bama fan, this is painful to say, but Tennessee and Auburn are top flight programs. Kentucky should be elated with 8 - 10 wins a year (Petrino's general ceiling it seems), but Auburn and especially Tennessee should be gunning for SEC titles. I just don't think Petrino is the man to do it.
Am I way off base here?