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Can't trust a source, in sports or politics

October 25, 2008|Chris Dufresne

The rest of the Lute Olson story ... The scoops got it wrong about the Arizona basketball coach.

Who goofed? How about a retraction?

Oh, sure, ESPN's Dick Vitale got part of the story right when he broke the news Thursday that Lute Olson was retiring at age 74.

But what about the big news? Vitale and others were a little quick to speculate assistant Mike Dunlap would be named Olson's temporary successor. ESPN's original story stated, "Associate Coach Mike Dunlap will take over the head coaching duties on an interim basis, the source told Vitale."

In gumshoe Watergate days, Washington Post editor Ben Bradlee would have, in his bathrobe, stared Dicky V down on his front porch and told him to go get another source. "The future of Arizona basketball is at stake!"

Didn't happen. Oh, well.

Friday, Arizona announced that assistant coach Russ Pennell was getting the job, with Dunlap staying on staff.

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