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Breaking: ESPN confirms Shepard rumors, Internet’s nonexistence


For those who are unaware, LSU’s Russell Shepard has been unintentionally embroiled in a minor/potentially-kinda-big imbroglio.  Originally scheduled to be one of the three-player-strong LSU contingent at the SEC’s media days earlier this week, the wide receiver was sidelined from that appearance due to what the school labeled as “personal reasons“.

Randy Rosetta of reported shortly after noon ET Friday that he “has learned the situation with LSU’s Russell Shepard is a compliance issue related to off-campus housing arrangements” and that “Shepard’s housing situation has been ongoing perhaps since he arrived on campus, which could affect his future eligibility.”

Roughly 24 hours later,‘s Joe Schad reported the following, as filed to, by

LSU receiver Russell Shepard is dealing with an NCAA compliance concern related to rent payment arrangements with a woman who he has lived with and who is also a student worker in the LSU’s football office, a source said Saturday., as filed to, failed to go on to mention this was reported almost 24 hours prior as well as failing miserably in giving any type of credit to the source of the initial report.

Additionally, CFT has learned, sources told Schad that the Internet doesn’t exist, and therefore you don’t have to acknowledge anyone that originally reported anything*.

We’d have emailed ESPN for comment, but we know how focused they are in their search for Bruce Feldman, and did not want to waste their time and/or valuable resources and/or focus with such trivial matters when one of the most respected college football writers in America is still MIA.


(*That’s not true.  But it is.)

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21 Responses to “Breaking: ESPN confirms Shepard rumors, Internet’s nonexistence”
  1. ladyhuckleberry says: Jul 23, 2011 10:41 PM

    Why the hell don’t you stick to journalism and leave this kind of thing alone? I swear you’re beginning to sound more and more like the NCAA’s twin bro ESPN. If it weren’t for the fact that you carry some of the games from my region I wouldn’t be watching.

  2. thekatman says: Jul 23, 2011 10:58 PM

    NCAA rules have been broken at LSU, but hey…. If the kid wants to live with his girlfriend, who cares! As long as he’s having his way with her, then it’s a legit arrangement.

  3. pjduffey says: Jul 23, 2011 11:26 PM

    I don’t disagree with the sentiment, but these arrangements are questionable. She is an LSU employee–did she get the job because of him? Are they paying her because they can’t pay him directly?

    I have no idea what is actually going on, but don’t be so quick to dismiss it as completely innocent.

  4. Deb says: Jul 23, 2011 11:41 PM

    Oh my gosh … you people are scary. Like seriously … scary.

    This was a tongue-in-cheek commentary about ESPN’s reporting something that’s been all over the Internet for two days as though they just discovered it all by themselves. Hello?

    And ladyhuckleberry … if you don’t like Taylor’s writing, leave. I don’t know who shoved the stick up your backside, but just because it stabbed your sense of humor to death, that’s no reason to screech at JT like a fishwife.

    JT … I know … and I’m sorry.

  5. John Taylor says: Jul 24, 2011 12:33 AM

    “Why the hell don’t you stick to journalism and leave this kind of thing alone? I swear you’re beginning to sound more and more like the NCAA’s twin bro ESPN. If it weren’t for the fact that you carry some of the games from my region I wouldn’t be watching.”

    I wrote THAT, and THIS is what you got out of it?

    Honestly, I’m floored. Stunned, actually.

  6. uglycassinova says: Jul 24, 2011 2:35 AM

    JT if this would have been an Ohio State story you would have beat it to death by now. Someone at the Columbus Dispatch mentioned something about the OSU investigation recently have you seen this? Are you going to post anything on it?

    Seeing how you totally blew their situation out of proportion only to pose as a credible journalist who doesn’t have any biased opinions. Your just like the ESPN folks only they are a little bit bigger than you.

    Internet reporters are always crying about recognition and the mainstream guys are always rushing to beat the bloggers and inevitably end up screwing up all the facts on the stories for the sake of being the big news bearer. JT you guys have got a good thing going here at CFT and PFT NBC.

    I’m sure that your success has driven a lot of the ESPN’s of the world crazy. Over the years the NBC blogs and many of the others that I enjoy have created a whole new level of competition. I’m glad there are alternatives! With that being said, please quit posting derogatory ESPN stories. Everyone knows they suck. All of the NBC bloggers remind us daily and it starting to become more annoying than the Stuart Scott catch phrases. (Ok so I’m exaggerating, there can’t be anything more annoying than that). The point is just report information about sports not about other sports reporters. Please

  7. Deb says: Jul 24, 2011 9:42 AM

    @uglycassinova …

    This is a blog. It’s not a news outlet like ESPN. It’s a commentary site. John isn’t a journalist sourcing stories by tracking down information and interviewing the people involved. He’s passing on material that’s reported and offering his unique spin. What attracts readers to PFT and CFT is one-stop shopping for news on their favorite sport and getting the perspective of people like Florio and Taylor. With the PFT Live interview program, Florio is delving into journalism, depending on what newsmakers may reveal during their discussions. But these are lighthearted sites for the most part, not hardcore news outlets.

    If I were only interested in a ticker of facts, I’d subscribe to the wire services. John has created a community of people who enjoy his quirky sense of humor. If you don’t, leave. But stop telling a good writer how to do his job, you arrogant dipstick! He was having fun and it was hilarious. The regulars used to enjoy having fun on this site. I don’t know who let in you lemon-sucking spoilsports, but kiss off. :roll:

  8. polegojim says: Jul 24, 2011 10:44 AM

    Soon to add a fourth monkey with it’s hands tied:

    Speak no Evil
    See no Evil
    Hear no Evil
    Blog no Evil

    What’s with the hate? The info dished on CFT is both entertaining and accurate… and updated quickly if it’s not or when things change.

    Our biggest issues come occassionally when JT is given credit for Ben’s posts and/or info. Now that Ben has been knighted, that too will subside.

    Maybe Bruce will make a guest appearance on CFT and set the record straight.

  9. Deb says: Jul 24, 2011 12:20 PM

    Hello, polegojim!!! Was waiting for you to drop in and sprinkle some sanity 😉

  10. edgy and imtalking are one in the same says: Jul 24, 2011 12:52 PM

    man there are some crazies out here today lol

  11. weswelkerspornstash says: Jul 24, 2011 1:33 PM

    Athletes in Oregon ride in cars, athletes in louisiana ride other things….

  12. weswelkerspornstash says: Jul 24, 2011 1:36 PM

    Oh yea…. Feldman rocks espn sucks… I’m self imposing a ban on college gameday until Feldman is fully reinstated…

  13. BrownsTown says: Jul 24, 2011 2:41 PM

    Wow! Part of the problem with the NBC relationship is you get traffic from visitors that shouldn’t be here.

  14. uglycassinova says: Jul 24, 2011 3:36 PM

    Thanks for reminding me that this is a blog and I’m sure JT appreciates you commenting on his behalf as you so frequently do.

    You are right that I shouldn’t tell JT what to post or as you described it tell the good writer how to do his job. However I can’t say that I appreciate your hostility and honestly I don’t see any need for name calling either.

    Like JT I was only expressing my opinion. I seem to remember you expressing some dissatisfaction with JT about the Ohio State situation not too long ago and if I remember correctly JT’s response to you didn’t come equipped with any of the juvenile name calling that was present in your recent comments.

    I enjoy the NBC blogs and I was merely making a suggestion (probably worded it incorrectly) about toning down the derogatory comments toward other writers, bloggers, journalist, whatever you want to call those who work in this field. I understand the humor aspect but you can’t expect to deliver the commentary in a certain manner then get upset if it is commented upon by readers in the same rhetoric. If I upset you then please accept my apology

  15. Deb says: Jul 24, 2011 5:59 PM

    @uglycassinova …

    Please allow me to introduce myself: I moonlight as JT’s self-appointed blog doberman. He’s perfectly capable of handling himself, but if you pick on him, I still might chew off your leg.

    No, I’ve defended John to the OSU crowd–besides I’m a Bama fan. I defend him because he’s a good guy who’s given CFT readers a lot of rope to enjoy a community without the inane restrictions of PFT–but now some people are screwing that up for everyone. Like the bumper sticker says “Mean People Suck 😦

    As someone who writes for a living, I understand how frustrating it would be to produce a something I know from experience will give my readers a laugh only to have people choose to blow it out of proportion. Nothing quite like this has ever happened to me professionally, but I can feel the pain of it … and it’s infuriating.

    Yeah, it’s a blog and I’m good at smacktalk. People bring it to me (or to my teams), and I can bring it right back. As a rule, I don’t fire first, but I did call you an arrogant dipstick and a lemon-sucking spoilsport, so I’ll apologize for opening the door with the name-calling.

    But this isn’t a case of people responding to John’s commentary using the same rhetoric. When a headline says “ESPN confirms the Internet’s nonexistence,” you know you’re getting humor. People had to work to take this story so negatively.

  16. polegojim says: Jul 25, 2011 12:06 AM

    @blogdoberman – now that’s funny.

    Maybe we need a fifth monkey – ‘Chew No Evil’…

    I write as well. I always appreciate it when someone comes up or emails me and says – ‘I read your article, but…’ and proceeds to correct me on a most trivial and meaningless point.

    You know – hit me with your best shot, blow me out of the water on something meaningful, but please make it important and relevant.

    Inconceivable! Then again, maybe that word doesn’t mean what I think it means…

  17. blitz4848 says: Jul 25, 2011 9:39 AM

    It’s painfully obvious the football season can’t start “SOON ENOUGH!”

    Soon all this hostility can be channeled in the “right” direction—-

    “the hated rival(s) of your choice!

    Let the season begin………………….

  18. Deb says: Jul 25, 2011 11:30 AM

    @polegojim …

    So that’s why your posts are so well-crafted and your thinking process is so rational :)

    Exactly! I’ve covered controversial topics and am fine taking heat, but let’s debate the substance of the content rather than the text font.

    Now you know why I enjoy letting loose here … haven’t figured out a way to exercise my doberman side professionally :)

  19. polegojim says: Jul 25, 2011 8:44 PM

    Wow – it’s kind of scary how similar we operate, incl motives and process.

    I practiced the dark side early in my career and was very good at it… not recommended…

    “You were so loved, Don Tommasino. Why was I so feared, and you so loved?” – Michael Corleone in the Godfather.

    I can still bark and bite hard when necessary, but found that being respected was MUCH better and more productive, than being feared.

    So, bare your teeth, snarl, and bite to your hearts content here, but maintain that softer side in the Crimson Tide limelight.

    Now… sic ’em BlogDoberman.

  20. Deb says: Jul 25, 2011 11:26 PM

    Now this is really getting eerie …

    “I don’t feel I have to wipe everybody out, Tom. Just my enemies.”

    Oh, I’m very adept at working cooperatively and very seldom have to bare my teeth. Even then, I’m more irresistible force than rabid dog 😉

  21. roltyd says: Jul 27, 2011 11:19 PM


    A Bama fan??!!? Did you have to say that, ESPECIALLY after you barked like an Aubie
    in heat?

    We don’t need anybody from The Crimson n White showin’ their ars on a public forum, we catch enough heat from the rest of the (jealous) CFB nation w/o your help. Just keep quiet…except to say, “Roll Tide”, ok? Unless people pick on Nickie Nick, that is, LMAO!


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