— I often blast local writers for their columns on various topics, but sometimes we do come to praise. The latest example is this well-reasoned post on Eric Crawford’s blog at the Courier Journal on the Eric Bledsoe situation. Crawford’s main point is that he can see no “smoking gun” on Calipari or UK coming from the New York Times article and that if UK did their homework, past precedent would suggest they will be ok. He does however add the true fact that with the NCAA, the past means little, but still a very interesting read. It is also worth noting that after writing a pretty strong piece on Calipari for his Sunday paper, the Herald-Leader’s John Clay almost acknowledged a mea culpa on his blog today, saying “maybe, maybe not” to a mock question if he was too harsh. In my experience with sports columnists, that is as close as you will ever get to a “my bad.”
— In other news, I am told by a source close to Eric Bledsoe that he is considering suing whoever is the leak of his transcripts to the various media outlets. The question of who is the leak, is one we will explore in more detail later, but for now, it looks like Bledsoe is taking this very seriously. In the end, if nothing comes of the NY Times investigation, the question as to who actually leaked the transcripts may be the biggest story of all on the issue.
We have two rather large columns coming tonight..one on a media member who has played a key role in this whole scenario and a summary of the events of the weekend for those of you who have been out and about. Come back later.