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 TigersSportsDigest.com 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, ESPN.com‘s Joe Schad reported the following, as filed to ESPN.com, by ESPN.com:
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.
ESPN.com, as filed to ESPN.com, 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.)