There’s not too much going on during a Friday afternoon in late January, but every now and again you get hit with a number of interesting stories.
FootballScoop.com decided to spat with Mississippi State Football SID Bill Martin today. Martin had sent out a tweet to say the website finally got something right related to MSU when they reported a grad assistant had landed a job at Miami. This spurred a ridiculous article in which the writer, Scott Roussel, tries to paraphrase about two thousand words of a phone conversation with Martin. Here’s a sample:
"Martin: Boy, I bet I know why you’re calling [snicker].Scott: Hi Bill, so, that tweet seemed a bit harsh and, well, unprofessional.Martin: If you took it as unprofessional, well that’s your perspective.Scott: Well, it was a direct shot at my company and it isn’t even close to truthful.Martin: Scott, I have a file in my desk of every single tweet you’ve made in the past two years about Mississippi State. Every one of them is inaccurate. Every single one of them.Scott: Well Bill, let’s discuss those. What we tweeted today was accurate."
The irony of the headline is thick: “A tweet directed at us sparked an interesting discussion about professionalism”. For some reason, they only capitalized one letter in a full title which is hardly accurate for someone claiming to be a “professional”. Then they ‘paraphrase’ a phone conversation for consumption on the internet to make a SID look bad. Roussel admits to attending school at Ole Miss – a fact we all knew, and the reason they are constantly angling negative stories about MSU….which is the obvious reason why our athletic department doesn’t care for the website.
Whether or not Martin should have even taken the call, or sent out the tweet is up for debate. At any rate, I find it humorous that an Ole Miss fan who is bashing Mississippi State does so just before this news:
"The school has received a Notice of Allegations from the NCAA enforcement staff alleging roughly 30 violations in football, women’s basketball and track and field, sources told Yahoo. It is unclear at present what the breakdown is in terms of violations by sport. The NCAA does not comment on current, pending or potential investigations.This is the latest step in a long, laborious NCAA investigation, part of which predates football coach Hugh Freeze’s arrival at Ole Miss in 2012. Yahoo Sports first reported about the investigation in October 2014.According to standard NCAA protocol, Ole Miss and/or other parties charged with violations have 90 days to respond to the allegations. Unless there is agreement on the facts and the case can be resolved by summary disposition, a Committee on Infractions hearing date will be established. The COI generally meets six times a year; it most recently met last week.If there is a hearing, NCAA enforcement will present its case and the school can present its side. A Committee On Infractions report, detailing any penalties that are to be assessed, generally is issued six to eight weeks after the hearing."
Ole Miss has their big recruiting weekend starting tomorrow.