If this were Maryland, Eric the P. would be doing a story on how Gary Williams saved his player from bad surroundings.
The timing is unfortunate and questionable and perhaps, largely driven frankly, by competition with The Times. If this is a problem in college sports, then The Post should go for it. But why were Omar and Maureece basically the only two players named in this burgeoning scandal?
Now, I am a bit ecited after today and now upset about this quasi-revelation. So I read this quickly. Again, if the Post feels they can do investigative reporting on sports and they can and have done so, that's fine. I'd like to see some on Maryland, for eample, too. But we're fair game, I guess.
I missed the smoking gun again, like the last piece he wrote. Someone called the NCAA Clearinghouse but didn't get an answer, so didn't pursue it and it comes out now. OMAR is a SENIOR. One big thing today in this field is questioning the motivation of sources. Why is this coming out now?
Secondly and again, I am a bit upset about this raining, or actually pissing on our parade. But after we laid it all out in an e-mail to everyone, including season ticketholders, I must have missed the part about where this huge piece notes that Omar is on track to graduate. And Maureece is also on track in his major.
Now, if that is not there, it is inecusable. We issued a press release about it and sent it to season ticketholders and presumably, the press (Generally the point of a press release). How are these guys doing in college after such allegedly horrible academic preparation?
That is a natural question that anyone, reader or editor, would and should ask. Now I apologize, if I have missed it. But is sure wasn't prominent in the story, if there (and stories can change between editions too, so they could theoretically notice something and change it).
One greater point I would make is that if we are using Omar as an eample of a local player, is there no one on Maryland, Georgetown, George Mason, Howard, UVA, Va. Tech, West Va., Bowie State, etc. with a comparable in any way prep school situation?
Again, one can't blame the messenger if this story is correct, though a cursory reading at least, shows they haven't nailed it. Or at least Omar and Maureece. The NCAA clearinghouse approved Omar and MAureece. It looks like there is nothing wrong with that, based again on a quick reading of the story late at night.
I am more than willing to stand up for the Post and certainly their right to do "investigative" pieces. In fact, that is a cornerstone of society.
But they should also be carefully balanced to include perspective, balance and fairness. One at least wonders whether this was really held to the same standard as a piece that involves questions about something in the news, rather than sports. Given the way this is written about, in contrasting the reporting of the Post and The Times and discussing who is first, this may have been rushed into print after the Times had something, just for them to show their thing is bigger. The problem is, this greatly affects two young men and a Washington institution that is reaching new heights of success.
We need to know about questionable behavior in every aspect of public life. But this also requires fairness and perspective.