Tennessee sports writer hears “rumors” about one of the candidates for the open UT AD gig and decides to disseminate them in an column.
Anytime I asked someone, “What’s wrong with Blackburn?” I got rave reviews on what a great hire he would be. But I also heard rumors.
“I heard he has a drinking problem,” someone who doesn’t know Blackburn told me.
“I think he has health issues,” someone else who didn’t know Blackburn told me.
Then, someone who does know Blackburn said, “I think he has diabetes.”
“Some people think he’s too nice a guy to make tough decisions,” said someone else.
Gosh, I wonder who would try to start a whisper campaign like that. It’s not like Phil Fulmer would stoop to that kind of thing to win a job, is it?