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 FoxSports.com,
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