The Bombshell Yahoo article covering Miami didn't even make ESPN's Top Stories....
If you're a college football fan or even just a fan of good journalism, Charles Robinson's bombshell of an article chronicling nearly a decade of rampant rules violations was potentially one of the best reads and most gripping investigative pieces in quite some time. It's a thing of beauty, and very refreshing considering a lot of the fluff that passes for news these days.
It's not just the story itself, but the depth of the reporting which apparently spanned almost a full year. This isn't Yahoo's first splash on the investigative front as they've delivered on accurately reporting and breaking stories surrounding UCONN, USC, Oregon, and to a lesser degree Ohio State whose own internal investigation seemed to find it's way to Yahoo ahead of major developments.
Yahoo is so proud of their investigative track record, they have a great landing page showcasing their past investigations as well as a more thorough breakdown of the brewing Miami scandal. If you click on that link, you'll find UNIQUE links to 65 current and former Hurricanes and the evidence tied to each one's alleged role in the scandal. There are also links with findings and evidence tying in 7 players who signed to play football elsewhere as well as findings for 10 Miami coaches, managers, and various personnel. You have to wonder what may have been on the table for the 7 players who chose not to go to Miami given they were already tapped into a booster giving them illegal benefits.
Not only is the featured article extremely potent but the 82 individual breakdowns are all very impressive. Frankly speaking I don't even think NCAA formal investigative documents have been this well organized, researched, and corroborated.
This got me thinking about just how poor of a job traditional media has become in doing investigative reporting, especially reporting on powerful programs and leagues that are a huge part of their content strategy. In fact, I contend that now more than ever, independent digital voices are the only reason any movement has occurred at all on this front.
I'll go into more details but will start with this except from Robinson's article...