|The Declarer (Floyd McWilliams' Blog)|
Sunday, December 05, 2004
Unless of course one writes stories to further some Liberal Cause, in which case making shit up is tolerated or even encouraged. For instance, someone called up the BBC and claimed that he was an executive of Dow Chemical who was taking responsibility for the Bhopal disaster. The BBC took his statement at face value, only to be embarrassed later when the incident was revealed to be a hoax. (One wonders if the BBC would have been fooled if the caller had been Howard Stern stooge Stuttering John. Probably.)
Last week Notre Dame coach Tyrone Willingham was fired. In his three years on the job, Notre Dame averaged a 7-5 record, was crushed several times, and appeared to be getting worse (the Irish started Willingham's first year with a 8-0 run). Furthermore Notre Dame appeared to have a ready replacement in the form of Utah coach Urban Meyer, who had coached at South Bend and even had a clause in his contract allowing him to return there. (Unfortunately for the Irish, Meyer accepted a job at Florida.)
What was San Jose Mercury News columnist Mark Purdy's reaction to this news? Why, Willingham was fired because he was black!
"Certainly" is a strong word. One might even think it indicates certitude. And yet one can read the rest of the article without any evidence at all that Notre Dame's actions were motivated by race. Purdy can't find one quote, even an anonymous quote, where someone said that Willingham had to go because of the color of his skin. All he can do is complain that earlier coaches were given more opportunities to post mediocre seasons:
Some people would take this as evidence that Notre Dame can learn from its hiring mistakes, not as evidence there is a South Bend chapter of the Ku Klux Klan.
Purdy even makes points that undermine his case, and neither he nor his editor seem to notice:
Well, I haven't bought into the cult of celebrity as applied to movie and television stars. If I were a reporter on Entertainment Tonight, and were fired because I sneered at Tom Cruise, would I have a right to complain?
And wasn't there a coach just before Willingham? A white man who served for about four days:
But not too charmed to dump the white guy overboard when it was discovered that he had told a lie.
And whatever problems Willingham has had, at least no Fighting Irish fan has shot his dog.