It's been five days since Dan Dakich tweeted that Jeff Brohm will be the next Louisville head coach. Several websites reported– or at least discussed –Dakich's tweet as potentially accurate, including The Big Lead, MGoBlog and The Daily Caller. Others, including The Athletic and 247Sports, reported Brohm's "completely false" response. Dakich's tweet didn't appear on ESPN.com, nor was it reported by any ESPN pundit. That's a problem.
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Had an ESPN college football reporter tweeted, "Breaking News…Jeff Brohm will be announced as The University of Louisville Head Football Coach on Monday November 26th according to my sources," the Worldwide Leader in Sports would've reported it. Had Adam Rittenberg, Heather Dinich, Jake Trotter or Mark Schlabach tweeted the exact same 23 words, it would've been plastered on ESPN.com and reported on SportsCenter, College Football Live and College GameDay.
Why didn't ESPN report Dakich's huge college football story?
Clearly, they don't trust him.
Sure, Dakich isn't a college football reporter; he's a college basketball analyst. Even if his "sources" are right, this isn't a scoop that he — or a similar person in his position — typically gets over the Adam Rittenbergs, the Bruce Feldmans, the Stewart Mandels. Still, if ESPN trusted him, they would've reported his "Breaking News."
In March, if Dakich reports that UCLA was firing Steve Alford and hiring Gregg Marshall, would ESPN report it? From 10,000 feet, it seems highly unlikely, especially after this (likely) false alarm. That's a problem.
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