July 26, 2008
Over the years I have become less and less of an ESPN fan. They have shelled out numerous stories with many factual inaccuracies and biases, and it's disappointing and contradictory that they claim to be the worldwide leader in sports.
Their latest transgression occurred recently on the show College Football Live. They showed various teams and their upcoming schedules for the season on the ticker on the left-hand side of the screen. At the bottom of the visual, they included pieces of information about the team and/or coach and then list key returners and key losses. For Notre Dame, they listed Tom Zbikowski and Maurice Crum as key losses.
Apparently Charlie Weis and Co. were so upset over the loss of Crum that they decided to insert him at the starting inside linebacker position. Or maybe, just maybe, ESPN is incapable of typing Maurice Crum into Google.
Maurice was a senior last year, so maybe that confused them. However, he applied for and was granted a fifth year with the Fighting Irish. This information is readily available on the Internet at the official athletic website. It can be found in the section entitled "roster." It can also be found here about halfway down the page
It's amazing how the self-proclaimed worldwide leader in sports can't fact check or do any research to corroborate their statements. Scratch that. It's sad. Very sad