I’d like to thank 850 The Buzz’s Blog for appropriately addressing the “Phil Ford” situation in this blog entry. SFN may run a little more clarity on this in the future; but for now the good people at The Buzz have appropriately addressed the situation and there isn’t much need for more commentary on the “idea” that basically got started by bad reporting.
What sucks for NC State is that the national media didn’t know the difference in the legitimacy of the story and not. ESPN Radio ran national SportsCenter updates all day on Friday “reporting” that “New York Knicks Assistant Coach Phil Ford has withdrawn his name from consideration for the NC State job.”
I was in the car all day and it was driving me nuts. Of course, nobody from NC State ever thought about taking control of the media cycle by issuing a statement rebuking the nonsense in the middle of the week – just like we should have done with Steve Lavin on the night that Mike DeCourcy reported that we had offered our job to Lavin. In the absence of the truth, the media will go with whatever other people give them. In the process, NC State is made to look worse and worse and worse.
If you are one of the millions of people in the country that were listening to ESPN Radio in your car on Friday, you now think that Phil Ford was genuinely a candidate at NC State and chose to take his name out of consideration. It’s so sad.
To show that we have a sense of humor about the general topic (not the way that NC State didn’t deal with it), the following was emailed to me from a friend on Friday. It’s pretty funny.