Thursday, August 17, 2006

Tribune Sports Staff

As a Hog fan, I suppose I jump on any situation which will poke jabs at

other SEC teams. In a private conversation, with other fans, I suppose

errors don't matter that much. However, when opinions based on errors are

broadcast over the internet, those errors go beyond innocent.

Last week, I wrote a column which had inaccuracies in it which I should have

double checked before printing them. The greatest of these inaccuracies was

that I repeated what I thought was the correct statistic that a number of

Auburn's football players had taken only 97 hours of classes in their

college careers. This was incorrect.

Apparently reading the article with my Arkansas Razorback eyes, I didn't see

that it actually said that the players had taken 97 hours of directed or

one-one study courses. Also, it wasn't just athletes who took these courses

as they made up only 25% of the total directed study student volume.

The other inaccuracies came from my making assumptions by which I gave my

opinion based on the 97 total hours mistake. They wouldn't have occurred

without that one huge mistake.

This information I used came from an article in the New York Times

originally which was then picked up and embellished by,

whereupon I then picked it up on the internet.

I wrote the column almost immediately after reading the internet story which

was some four weeks ago now. One of the problems, however, was that I ran

this column some two weeks after I wrote it and in that time, corrections

were made to both the Times and Fox articles. I didn't see these additional


In response to my column, some dozen or so Auburn fans called my attention

to them through emails. Some of these emails were quite nasty, however, I

can understand their irritation because I would be just as irritated if the

roles had been reversed.

For those inaccuracies and lack of professionalism in double checking the

facts, I apologize and hope each of you will continue to read the internet

Tri-City Tribune.

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