Monday, March 19, 2007

Guenther's Response

Illinois AD Ron Guenther responded to this column by Gregg Doyel by talking to Loren Tate on Saturday. Obviously I don't have the full story here but it doesn't look like Guenther apologized. Here are a few things he had to say:

I certainly didn't intend for my words to be picked up.

This makes no sense as Guenther was in one of the most public of public places (on press row) and should have known better.

I feel badly that (Doyel) felt he had to print it.

Doyel may be a hack but he's also a journalist (I use that term loosely in this case) who was doing his job. It's not only his right to write down what he sees at a game but it's his responsibility as well.

This is perhaps what upsets me the most. Guenther saying he feels bad Doyel printed that is a cop-out. Instead he should feel bad for how he acted and apologize. If what Doyel wrote was true (and Guenther didn't deny it), he was screaming at Weber and called Warren Carter an idiot. That's bad enough. Not apologizing makes it even worse. How does he still have a job?

Finally, where is the outrage in the media? If a public official did something like this it would be front page news that he didn't apologize.


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