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Travis’ New Site Continues To Rip Into Bama Situation

Clay Travis is sharp guy.  A lawyer in fact.  He’s authored books, hosted radio shows and his internet blogs and columns draw national attention.  He’s also a favorite among Generation Tweet.  And he knows how to draw pageviews — this is the man, after all, who went so far as to ask Tim Tebow if he were a virgin a couple of years ago.

Despite his media success — and the guy is a bonafide media success — I cringed when I saw he’d started his own SportsByBrooks type scandal sheet.  We already have one self-made Mike Wallace with a smart aleck’s attitude, I don’t know that the sports world needs another.

Not surprisingly, one week into existence, Travis’ new site OutkickTheCoverage.com has keyed in on a — wait for it — potential scandal at Alabama as its first big attention-getter.

Last week, just hours before Nick Saban was to speak at SEC Media Days, Travis posted a story tying Alabama Heisman-hopeful Trent Richardson to a Tuscaloosa menswear shop.  Bama officials said they investigated the issue last fall and found no violations.  They also sent the owner of T-Town Menswear a cease-and-desist letter for using the autographs of Tide players to promote his business.

Yesterday, Travis posted that letter on his site.
  In it we find that Tom Albetar was actually selling the signed merchandise.  UA claims their players had no knowledge of that.  (If they did have knowledge, that would cause an eligibility issue and Bama could force the Crimson Tide to vacate a few more victories.)

Travis has also posted the news that Albetar had sideline passes to Alabama’s games in 2010 and 2009.  Do the math, if there were eligibility issues — thanks to Albetar — for UA players in 2009, their national championship could come into question.

We link you to these stories because they’re already making waves across the conference with fans.  As was the case with SportsByBrooks’ many, many, many Auburn stories, if a site creates big enough waves, a site like ours — dedicated to bringing you all of the SEC’s news each day plus opinion on that news — must make you aware of it.

But, as showed in how we handled Scott Moore’s alleged Cam Newton tapes, we don’t bring you these stories as fact.  Moore was an unabashed Alabama fan.  Anything he said about Auburn had to be filtered through that lens, which is why we repeatedly wrote that he should put up or shut up.  (He finally shut up.)

Travis makes no bones about his Tennessee fandom.  And while that doesn’t mean his reporting on Alabama is inaccurate, that fandom does have to be taken into consideration.  One would think — being based in Nashville — that Travis would have an easier time digging up dirt on Vanderbilt or Tennessee than he would Alabama.  It will be interesting to see if he begins looking into any suspicious Vol fans’ connections to UT.

As stated earlier, OutkickTheCoverage and SportsByBrooks are great at what they do.  They take a tip from their inbox, do some digging and post away… that’s how you get links, eyeballs and cash in the internet game.

We’re just disappointed that the number of web-based scandal rags is growing.  If someone takes the time to dig long enough, he can uncover dirt on a program.  Any program.  Every program.

For that reason, we continue to say there’s no greater percentage of schools cheating today than there was 50 years ago.  There are just more folks like Travis trying to catch people cheating.

And his latest links prove that he — like the folks at SportsByBrooks — know there’s big business in trying to tear down athletic departments.

 


10 comments
Quid pro... what?
Quid pro... what?

Hard to see anyone proving a quid pro quo here, which is the point at which this becomes an NCAA violation. Kids signed stuff. Stuff got sold. The "inference" may seem obvious to Tennessee and Georgia fans with blogs, but they also had firm opinions on the Newtons -- which have resulted in nothing.

Ohio State had a demonstrable quid pro quo (hard to hide a tattoo the length of your arm) and a demonstrable cover up (smoking gun emails). Result -- they fired the coach and vacated some games. Lacking a smoking gun on the benefits (and a picture of a guy wearing a suit is not a smoking gun), then this is just grist for the Bama-hating mill. Just like Newton's grist for the Auburn-hating mill, etc.

Much ado about nothing.

KTW
KTW

Pot: Hello, Mr. Kettle.

Kettle: Hello, Mr. Pot.

Pot: Mr. Kettle, you look very black.

Kettle: Mr. Pot, you are black too.

anonymous
anonymous

i'm just amazed he can a new article on this up every 6 hours

he does a nice job stretching the truth in each one too. not an all out lie, but a truth stretch to make it sound jucier

for instance he writes: "Furthermore, in light of Kevin Scarbinsky's report do we really believe that Richardson gave up his BCS title game jersey to a stranger and allowed him to hang it on the wall while receiving absolutely nothing in return? Doesn't that boggle the mind too?"

juicy huh, unfortunately it was the wrong color jersey (it was white and Bama wore crimson in the game) and turned out to be just a cheap replica... but the actual jersey worn in the BCS game sounds so much sexier doesn't it

and you gotta love his "More to come" in each article. He is drawing it out as much as he can to sustain hits for his site

john
john

As a UT fan I personally am mostly embarrassed by Travis shenanigans. I wish he would stop, because he sounds more like a fan than a writer. Also, as you noted, every school has weeds in the backyard.

saber1234
saber1234

All of a sudden the uat bammers think we should ignore these type sites. Funny they were the ones that visited the site that were posting on Auburn and I might add also trying to stir the pot as much as possible.. My, my,my... how things change in a hurry.. Now we shouldn't visit these sites....THAT'S AMAZING.

Guest
Guest

Good post. The strongest way to send these folks a message is to unfollow them on Twitter and not visit their sites. Until they stop getting the clicks and pageviews, the unabashed sensationalism will continue.

BamaCLT
BamaCLT

Maybe you should question your own players' credibility. I count six suits in this picture. For a family in financial distress, that seems a little much, but I'm not making any accusations. Sometimes a picture doesn't tell the whole story, sometimes it does. Let's apply your logic to the pictures below. The fact is, there are no facts. Until facts surface on Cam or this photo op, why speculate?
http://media.247sports.com/Uploads/Boards/518/375...

johnmrsec
johnmrsec

Guest...

Well, now let's wait a second. I didn't say "unabashed sensationalism." I said that their motives -- as fans -- must be kept in mind. That doesn't mean their findings/opinions aren't correct. Also, while they clearly have a goal of digging for dirt, that doesn't necessarily mean they're blowing non-issues into issues. It just means there's a POSSIBILITY that that's what they're doing.

We're not saying they're bad people. We're just saying we're not a fan of folks who make a living just digging for dirt. There's nothing wrong with investigative journalism, we just want to know who's doing the investigating and why... whether it's Clay Travis, SportsByBrooks or Scott Moore that's doing the investigating.

Other than that, glad you agreed with much of the post and thanks for reading the site.

John

alex
alex

i count 3 different suits. it's pretty easy to tell that the dark blue/black plain one is the same one in those photos-he just wore a sweater vest under it in one occasion, and switched up the shirts and ties in the others. the 2 photos of the gray ones are the same suit as well. i think you need glasses dude

AtlDave
AtlDave

I would have to disagree with the "they are not bad people" statement. To knowingly publish information that they know is "possibly true" but on the same hand is "possibly false" is the absolute worse in journalism. I would add that I do not believe any one of average intelligence would consider the Travis or Brooks bloggers anything other than sensationalists and money driven zealots. I read a couple of these posts and when Travis' pictures of the T'town mall was shown to be actually the Galleria in Hoover, his response was not "here are the facts" or "I'm sorry for posting incorrect info": but, "So these jerseys were selling both in T'town mall and Hoover''s Galleria". How can anyone who considers themselves a journalist (assuming this would apply to the writers of this blog) support these guys as anything other than sensationalistic zealots who are just trying to drive hits on their sites. When the current story dries up, they will just attack another school, deserved or not, or the same school with another "Alleged" charge. Mr. Travis says he is getting death threats, I cannot imagine why.

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