Stewart Mandel dips into his mailbag and gets “dirty” with some of his readers:
… My hope with the Nutt-Masoli piece was that readers might take a moment to rethink what truly constitutes “dirty” in this day and age. It’s been an eventful off-season for scandal-related headlines, and as I wrote in the lead, I’ve noticed fans throwing around the d-word with reckless abandon, demonizing coaches and programs based mostly on blanket assumptions and innuendo. Listening to some of the revisionist history out there about Pete Carroll‘s USC tenure, you’d think he was handing Reggie Bush money out of his own wallet, which couldn’t be further from the truth. If you’re going to accuse someone of being “dirty,” it really ought to be for something of his own doing.
Which makes you wonder why he didn’t take the chance to weigh in on the Elliott Porter story. Miles’ mistake here isn’t one born of sloppiness (like mismanaging the game clock), but rather as the result of a conscious decision to oversign coupled with a certain amount of arrogance in expecting a kid to accept a decision to greyshirt after signing and moving into his dorm room. Yecch. Even worse, because of that timing, that kid now has to obtain a waiver to be eligible to play anywhere else this season. Double yecch.
Miles will no doubt get flayed alive on the recruiting trail for this and justifiably so, but, Stewart, where’s the outrage?