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D100 (Anonymous) says...

Since I believe allowing "fans" a public forum on which to comment was probably the worst thing to happen to college sports in several decades, this is my first time to comment and preferably my last. Obviously everyone becomes an expert on these sites but it still puzzles me why 95 % of commenters are constantly on the attack. AD's, coaches, athletes, recruits, no one is immune. I don't understand peoples purpose in commenting just to attack. Do they not realise they make any hope a "down" program has of rebuilding much more difficult? When they comment negatively about a potential recruit, do they not think 17 or 18 years old kids do not read and are not affected by that? Even if the complaint is true, what does it accomplish, other than heap more negative aura on a down program? Maybe I misunderstand the meaning of the term fan. Actually, this wasn't even my reason for commenting. I retired a couple of years ago from a coaching career in Football and Track, most of which was spent at the high school level, the exception being three years at the small college level. Over the years, I have known many, many sports writers. Some were annoying personalities and some were good friends, who I thought did a great job. But in my entire career, I never met a sportswriter who played any sport at the college level. I'm sure there must be some, but I've never met one. Lombardi said, "If I ever need a brain transplant, I want it to come from a sportswriter so I'll know it hasn't been used." I wouldn't go that far, but I do know this: Sportswriters get hired because of their ability to write, not because of their knowledge of sport. I feel very strongly that anytime a writer becomes so enamored with his own knowledge of a sport that he feels qualified to launch his own personal, two year campaign to get a coach fired, in my mind, he has lost all credibility, and does not deserve the opportunity to keep reporting on that program. I grew up in Kansas, and have followed the Jayhawks (hard) all my life. Lawrence has one such writer who is, I believe, an embarrassment to his profession.