Additional John Riek Rumor De-Bunking…

Kurt WirthCorrespondent IMay 4, 2009

ATLANTA - MARCH 12:  The Mississippi State University Bulldogs watches the second round of the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament against the Vanderbilt University Commodores at the Georgia Dome on March 12, 2004 in Atlanta, Georgia.  Vanderbilt defeated Mississippi State 74-70 in overtime. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
First of all, many Cincinnati fans appear to be in a frenzy, and some seem to be creating rumors at a wild pitch. Some have claimed, on a Cincinnati rival page—Bearcat Lair—that Mississippi State’s thread on their own rival page regarding Riek is locked, claiming it is only an unfounded rumor. THIS—in fact—is an unfounded rumor. I am a member of the site—there have only been a few posts regarding Riek, and Mississippi State’s representative, Logan Lowery, has not been heard from on the topic yet. The thread is not locked, and no one is claiming it is an untrue rumor on the board.

Additionally, many Cincinnati fans appear to be confused regarding press conferences and releases. Coaches are, in fact, allowed to release comments regarding SIGNED recruits. I have worked in media relations for a very long time now, and every single school I’ve ever been in contact with has always—ALWAYS—issued a press release immediately following a recruit’s signing. Some Cincinnati fans seem to believe programs are only allowed one press release per recruiting period, and this is simply not the case. If Riek had in fact signed with Cincinnati, the Bearcats could have, at any point, issued a press release.

This is not suggesting Riek will or will not be attending Mississippi State, as it seems everyone involved is playing a massive waiting game. Just keep in mind the Fox report stated Riek had COMMITTED to MSU, not SIGNED. Thus, the Bulldogs would not have a release on their site until Riek actually signed with the school. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, and let’s all try to calm down.