Lazy reporters disturb the heck out of me. And lazy reporting has been on incredible display with the whole college football conference expansion topic this summer. I will use Andrea Adelson in the Orlando Sentinel as my example. She writes:
Texas emerged as the savior of the Big 12 on Monday, days after the conference was left for dead.
Andrea, Texas? Savior?
Lets see . . . they secretly try to blow up their conference by negotiating with the Big Ten but they develop a "Tech" problem and get blocked from moving forward with their desire. Then, they secretly negotiate with the Pac-10 and tell the entire Big XII South that they'll have to join the Pac-10, absent Baylor of course, and announce it as a fait accomplit through one of their mouthpieces, orangebloods.com.
Except, there was one problem. Texas A&M said hold the hell up. We're not going to the Pac-10. Then, Texas pitched a fit and started threatening A&M but A&M held firm. Texas then announced that the Big XII South, except for Baylor and *MAYBE* Texas A&M would be joining the Pac-10. And A&M said, cool. We think we like the SEC much better.
Then Texas, loudmouth Texas, suddenly had an epiphany -- oh hell, you can practically hear them squealing, we're about to get screwed here by A&M joining the premier football conference in the nation.
Academics, always a phony issue, all of a sudden went out the window and Texas climbed down from that crazy perch it was squawking from and went back to a conference situation that existed *BEFORE* it started secretly trying to blow up its conference (the ability to create its own network, etc.). Except, of course, it had now chased away two members of the Association of American Universities that Texas supposedly wanted to have greater access to.
Texas didn't save the damn Big XII, Andrea, Texas A&M did. How about doing some real reporting and some real thinking on this whole situation.