A quick update on last night’s entry that detailed erroneous reports of Billy Donovan’s presence in Raleigh or his intention to travel to Raleigh.
I referenced a radio report that was proven incorrect by ESPN’s Dave Telep.
Additionally, I referenced a report from a Syracuse graduate student that Billy Donovan was in Raleigh. According to one of our posters BAM, the grad student (Mike Lederer) issued him this apology via email today:
I just wanted to write to you to personally apologize for incorrectly reporting that Billy Donovan was in Raleigh yesterday interviewing for the N.C. State coaching vacancy. I based my story on sources which I felt were credible at the time and unfortunately did not do enough due diligence to verify the news as fact. I should have known better since I was initially skeptical upon hearing the news but I ran with the story anyway.
I obviously can’t apologize to everyone who read the story but since you commented I just wanted to let you know that I am truly sorry.
I promise to work harder moving forward and I vow not to let this happen again. Thank you for visiting the site and once again, I am sorry.
Best of luck to your Wolfpack!
Additionally, NC State website PackInsiders has backed off of their report yesterday on Billy Donovan:
So what does this mean? Well #1 and #2 we stand by, will always stand by and know to be true. No doubt about it. What we are now forced to backtrack on is our belief that he was in Raleigh. Twenty minutes after that phone call informing us that Donovan was heard to be heading to Raleigh, ESPN radio in Florida says the same thing. So did we jump the gun by feeling confident? Well, unlike the first two pieces of info, we hadn’t had this verified by another source close to us. We used ESPNRadio’s tweet to solidify our stance. At that point we felt our information was likely fact and we posted it.