Columnists need to know stuff

Columnists writing for a newspaper really should know what they are writing about before vomiting up words to fill the allotted column inches. Case in point: Phil Paramore in the Dothan Eagle.

Paramore begins by writing about hapless University of Tennessee coach Lane Kiffin, but eventually he shifts focus to Alabama and its wait on the NCAA verdict.

He drops this about Alabama, “Many Alabama fans are sitting on the edge of their seats awaiting word from the NCAA on the probe into athletes selling textbooks for a profit. As you will recall, All-SEC center Antoine Caldwell was one of several athletes that were allegedly getting free books via their scholarships, then passing them on to other students at a reduced rate while pocketing the proceeds.”

No.

That isn’t correct. According to the Alabama report on the matter to the NCAA, “The investigation did not reveal that anyone converted the books or materials to cash by reselling the items, and did not reveal that anyone acquired items that were not academic in character (no iPods, no sweatshirts, etc.).”

If you can just make stuff up, then anyone can be a columnist. The Dothan Eagle has a responsibility to its readers to do a better job of editing its writers.

Paramore also engages in a scare by putting into writing rumors that the NCAA sanctions could be worse than first thought; he even suggests a television ban could be in the offing.

Does anyone remember the last television ban handed down by the NCAA? Seriously, I can’t recall it. The 2002 Alabama case, which involved serious allegations, did not include any television ban.

Nice scare try there Paramore, but you really should try reading before you spew stupidity onto the pages of a newspaper.