Fresh off an award for promoting racial understanding, Paul Finebaum is facing criticism for treating a black school differently than Alabama or Auburn. Finebaum eviscerated Alabama State Universityâ€™s head football coach Reggie Barlow on Tuesdayâ€™s radio broadcast.
Like he never did that to Gene Stallings, Terry Bowden, Mike Dubose, Mike Price, Neil Callaway or Mike Shula.
Finebaum is an equal opportunity provocateur.
The exchange Tuesday between Finebaum and Alabama Stateâ€™s coach Reggie Barlow was contentious, but that is the danger of going on a show with either Finebaum or in the old days of David Letterman.
Part of the exchange is below. You can listen to it by clicking here.
â€œCoach with all due respect, how are you taking responsibility by blaming it on the other guy?â€ Finebaum queried.
â€œWell first of all Mr. Finebaum if you will allow me to answer your question that you asked me then Iâ€™ll give you the answer,â€ Barlow replied.
â€œWell go for it,â€ Finebaum said.
â€œIâ€™m not blaming anybody,â€ Barolw retorted.
The exchange continued brusquely until Barlow terminated the interview by hanging up on Finebaum.
What precipitated the end of the interview? An exchange over the culture on the ASU campus. Finebaum asked Barlow what if anything had changed the culture of corruption. Barlow asked when the last time Finebaum had been on the campus.
Finebaum replied it was three-and-a-half years ago.
Barlow took exception to that.
â€œHow can you speak about the culture. If you havenâ€™t been on the campus in three-and-a-half years, how can you speak about the culture now?â€
Barlow then thanked Finebaum for letting him appear on the show.
Finebaum then summarized the interview by saying: â€œBased on what he said, Iâ€™m not convinced the culture has changed. But again, it is not my problem. It is Alabama Stateâ€™s problem.â€
Unfortunately, when people like Joe Reed are on the board, it is everyoneâ€™s problem. And are you shocked that a member of the corrupt Alabama Education Association (AEA) is involved in a rogue college that canâ€™t follow NCAA rules? After all, the two-year system is corrupt, and the AEA wants to keep it corrupt.