Refuting Recent Rumors

23 Mar

Frank Martin is not going to South Carolina.

Will Spradling has not been released from Kansas State.

Much conversation revolved around such speculation on Friday night, but both Martin and Spradling spoke out against the claims that they were leaving.

A story by KSN – an NBC affiliate in Wichita – stated Martin was leaving Kansas State to fill the head coaching vacancy of the Gamecocks. The story (and the tweet and link to it by the reporter who wrote it) was taken down after Martin sent a mass text to media members telling them there had been no conversations with other teams.

“I am watching Jersey Boys with my wife hoping that I don’t make a fool out of myself the next 2 days. I have not talked 2 anyone.”

Curtis Kitchen of 610 Sports Radio wrote a story in which “a source” stated that Spradling had requested a release from Kansas State and been granted one. Spradling took to his own Twitter account to set the record straight.

“I have not been released from k state that is not true”

All that said, Martin could still go to South Carolina. Spradling could still leave the program. However, according to those individuals, neither is going anywhere at the moment, and to assume otherwise seems premature.

It just goes to show you can’t believe everything you read, particularly when it all rests on unnamed sources. Why would you put faith in a story without knowing who is telling it?


3 Responses to “Refuting Recent Rumors”

  1. Herbie March 25, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

    Nice read. To your point on unnamed sources, it depends on a lot of factors.

    The primary consideration for me is who broke the news. If it’s a credible reporter who has a history of breaking news, then I have no issue with an unnamed source. If Yahoo! Sports is breaking a college scandal, I’m prone to believe them given their track record with USC-Bush, KU ticket scandal, Ohio State, UConn, and the list goes on.

    However, it’s someone that makes you Google who is the person breaking said news, take with a grain of salt and wait for confirmation.

    Sometime a person publicly refuting a report about himself/herself may not be telling the whole truth in some cases. There’s a recent example of a certain new Ohio State football coach taking to the air on the four-letter network to shoot down reports from credible national and local reporters.

    Then of course a few days later after saying the reports weren’t true, he took the job in Columbus, Ohio.

    Sports is indeed the ultimate reality TV show.

    • Ashley Dunkak March 25, 2012 at 7:05 pm #

      Thank you. I hear what you are saying about unnamed sources. If the news organization is credible, and especially if multiple sources give accounts that affirm one another, unnamed sources can certainly provide valuable insight. My point is just that it is easier to evaluate information when you know from whom it comes.

      • Herbie March 25, 2012 at 7:53 pm #

        You’re welcome, Ashley.

        “My point is just that it is easier to evaluate information when you know from whom it comes.” <– Couldn’t agree more with that statement. The next step for me after hearing the news is evaluating previous stories broken by the person.

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