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Take everything you read with a grain of salt now

A coach who has spent almost two decades as head coach at a big-money program like the University of Tennessee possibly losing his job is a big-time story. A lot of people are going to try to make a name for themselves breaking this story. Now more than ever, you need to be skeptical of what you read and demand proof.

Some people will be led along by sources who have an agenda to promote and report incorrect information.

Some people will make logical guesses and report them as facts from anonymous sources so that if their guesses are right they can later claim some insider access they don't really have. If it turns out to wrong? Oh well, the "source" had their facts wrong.*

Some people will run with single-sourced information without confirming it with other sources.

Some people will just lie because they like to mess with people or as an exercise of wishful thinking.

Some people will not disclose conflicts of interest.

So, don't believe everything you read or hear without doing some due diligence first. Even in the newspaper. Even on TV. Even on your friends' blogs. Even on this site.

* - Note: The first two items are NOT intended as a passive-agressive accusation of malfeasance on Ghost's part in this post. He may very well have a source who may very well have pegged this story, time will tell. But this is something I have seen happen over and over again in other places.

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