Bobby Petrino. Mark Stoops. Butch Jones. Mike MacIntyre. Phil Fulmer. Sonny Dykes. And on, and on, and on, and on… The Kentucky Wildcats head football coaching carousel, ’round and ’round she goes, when she’ll stop, nobody knows. The last couple of days have been a whirlwind of activity concerning the vacant head coach position, and the names above have all been mentioned. Some of the rumors had one or more of those names as being a “done deal” to Kentucky. And later we find that to be completely false.
Most of these rumors were born on Twitter, and like a fool drawn to the Siren song, I kept going back to Twitter. Like many Kentucky football fans, I almost became addicted to the rumor mill. One minute I was outraged at the tweet that stated a certain prospect would indeed be the successor to Joker Phillips. A couple of tweets later, I would be elated at the newest name. And every suggestion was credited to a secret source that was not to be named.
And where are we now? We still have no earthly idea who the next head coach is going to be. So, I’m personally done getting my hopes up or having my dreams dashed until I hear it from Mitch Barnhart himself. Let’s be honest here; if a writer refuses to name his or her source, chances are his or her source is totally bogus.
Most of the people with sources seem to be bloggers or amateur journalists trying to make a name on twitter in order to be the one to say, “See, I told you. My source is right.” You rarely see professional reporters or journalists get caught up in the source game. And if they do, chances are their sources are legit.
And then you have the other type of blogger that loves to “break news” five minutes after someone else already did it. Luckily we do not operate that way on this blog. Do we have sources? Absolutely. But we share that information with each other and prepare stories in time for an official announcement. We don’t want to destroy whatever goodwill or credibility we have by sharing false information.
So if you want to continue to ride this roller coaster, be my guest. I value my sanity and I don’t want it wasted on someone’s twitter account.