For Long not to have agreed to Petrino's request would have required him to have assumed there was something fishy going on there. That's a pretty long stretch, in my opinion. Are you suggesting that anytime someone in the U of A personnel dept gets such a request, whether in the athletic dept or not, a review should be done to see if there any questionable motives? On another subject, do I remember that when this story first broke, you worte that you wouldn't be trying to write often about it to exploit it? If my memory on this question is correct, you've failed. Except for this criticism, I enjoy you site.
First, I'm suggesting that when something this ugly happens in an athletic department, the AD will eventually have to answer questions about it. That's it. People can read other things into the story that aren't there if they like... but that's the whole gist.
The University of Arkansas could be on the hook via lawsuits for money, the school has certainly gotten plenty of bad press, and the guy who oversaw the department in which the problem occurred may well be asked why he helped to fast-track a hire.
I'll bet he won't make that mistake again.
Second, I said we wouldn't make fun of the story and write five stories a day on the topic -- as I recall. We don't think it's funny. It's a sad story. I feel bad for Petrino and for Dorrell and their families and their friends. Another girl was dragged into the story last week as well. All sad.
Now, if you don't think our coverage has been much more serious and sensitive than most other blogs and most other sites, that's your call. I would strongly disagree.
But we will cover a news story. And that's what this is. We simply don't want to sensationalize it. And I don't feel we've come anywhere close to doing that.
Again, I would think this story is pretty darn clear. If I had an employee and he had something in his department blow up that could cost my whole business money and hurt its reputation, I'd ask him a) how'd this happen and b) how can we make sure this doesn't happen again in the future.
Thanks for reading the site,