The first rule of journalism is “Don’t get involved with a newspaper.” The second rule is “Don’t become part of the story.” ESPN violates this rule more than any media outlet except for MTV (to the extent you can call it a news gathering station). In yet another egregious violation, “Outside The Lines” has reportedly contributed to Tennessee’s growing resume of NCAA violations by filming a meeting between Lane Kiffin and a couple recruits. This apparently violates NCAA recruiting rule 13.10 subsection “nobody reads these subsections anyway.” For my money, Kiffin is working his first recruiting season like an evil genius. Every minor infraction (such as this OTL snafu) garners him (and Tennessee) a week’s worth of national media attention. I mean the only equivalent to this would be if a top NCAA basketball coach had a series of commericals running year round touting his greatness as a coach. That would never happen, right?
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