Rumors. Rumors of rumors.
Crazy times for football coaches when their teams are off the track. Just ask Bobby Petrino whose University of Louisville squad has lost five of its first seven games. The word spreads quickly around town Monday that the current UofL coach will be gone by the end of the week.
The rumor mill is fueled when Lachlan McLean, a sports talk jock on ESPN680, says some “more Bobby news” would be forthcoming and “could be good or bad based on which side you’re on.” From that point on, the speculators are off and running, with the suspected behavior becoming progressively worse.
As of Wednesday morning, no one is certain whether there is any substance to the rumors or not. There are never any details or specific accusations, just insinuations and innuendo. The rumors feed upon themselves, as if keeping them going will somehow result in some actual facts.
After a certain p0int, when nothing has been verified, some people start to doubt the veracity of the information. The insiders go silent, the rumor mill goes into neutral, but people are convinced something has happened and are still expecting some shoes to drop. Fans in suspended animation as Petrino runs his troops through drills on the practice field.
The problem with this cycle is that people’s reputations are harmed during the process. A quick response from someone in authority would help to alleviate the situation. Waiting just gives the rumors time to spread and evolve.
Time for someone at UofL to acknowledge the existence of the rumors, and address them.