It's interesting to take a close look at the list of Iowa State verbal commitments shown on the Cyclone Nation web site from the Scout.com database. What jumps out is the number of prospects that Scout.com shows as verbally committed without any type of story to indicate how, when and where the commitment information was obtained.
A few examples:
Wallace Franklin, WR - the last Scout.com story on Franklin is from BigRedReport.com and it says that Franklin is committed to Nebraska (which he was). There are no stories since then and no stories about Franklin on CycloneNation.com. Yet he is shown as an Iowa State commitment; where did that information come from?
Kelechi Osemele, OT - there has never been a story on the Scout.com network about Osemele. Not one. Not on CycloneNation.com and not on any other Scout.com site. Yet, Osemele is shown as an ISU commitment; where did that information come from?
AJ Matthews, DB - there has never been a story on the Scout.com network about Matthews. Not one. Not on CycloneNation.com and not on any other Scout.com site. Yet, Matthews is shown as an ISU commitment; where did that information come from?
Michael Bibbs, LB - the last story on Bibbs is an overview of Copiah-Lincoln College prospects from almost a year ago, Feb. 28, 2006, from DawgsBite.com. There has never been a CycloneNation.com story on Bibbs. Yet, Bibbs is shown as an ISU commitment; where did that information come from?
Curtiz Mathis, LB - there has never been a story on the Scout.com network about Mathis. Not one. Not on CycloneNation.com and not on any other Scout.com site. Yet, Mathis is shown as an ISU commitment; where did that information come from?
Joe Blaes, OL - the most recent update on Blaes is from DawgPost.com on Dec. 21, reporting he is still committed to Georgia. There has never been a story on CycloneNation.com about Blaes. Yet, Blaes is shown as an ISU commitment; where did that information come from?
Michael Tate, DT - the most recent update on Tate is from HawgsIllustrated.com from, get this, Jan. 18, 2004! It's from when he committed to Arkansas out of high school. There has not been an update on Tate for over three years anywhere on Scout.com and there has never been a story on CycloneNation.com. Yet, Tate is shown as an ISU commitment; where did that information come from?
The question that has to be asked seven times over, about roughly one-third of Iowa State's known commitments to date, is: where did that information come from? The answer, of course, is that it came from CycloneReport.com and it came from Rivals.com.
If you're subscribing to CycloneNation.com and Scout.com, the only other question to ask is: why? They're not covering Iowa State recruiting honestly or with integrity, at least not roughly a third of the time. And when you see names like Maurice Greer and Will Eilert still on the commitment list and names like Alex Alvarez, Joe McMahon, Cameron O'Neal and Chris Weir not on it, you realize they are not really covering Iowa State recruiting at all.
If you're a Cyclone Nation & Scout.com subscriber, I invite you to step up to the web site that doesn't get a third of its recruiting information from its competition. In fact, it doesn't get any that way. That web site is CycloneReport.com and that network is Rivals.com. The clear, obvious, without-a-doubt number one choice for good coverage done the right way is CycloneReport.com. Enjoy seven days free* with my compliments by following the link below.
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A Sad But Revealing Day for Cyclone Nation
I realize that at times over the years this competition has been heated, and that I have played a role in it. However, about two months ago I reached out to you privately in good faith to bury the hatchet and apologized, and you seemed to return the gesture. I also contacted you before I resumed publishing duties with the site and said it was my hope to keep the competition above board. You agreed.
Then I was notified about the below post from your board clearly alleging we have stolen premium content from your site.
I respect the work you've done with your site, and you have worked hard and should be proud of that. However, I'm not quite sure why you wouldn't have just contacted me directly about these allegations as opposed to printing them on your website? For the record, CN has no control over the recruiting database at Scout.com and I don't even know how to indicate someone is a commitment or not. I have no admin supervision of the recruiting database for our network.
I've barely got time to do my four jobs, let alone steal your content.
And if I were going to steal your content, can you explain to me why I wouldn't steal all of it? Why wouldn't I just take entire stories and re-write them in order to satisfy my customers as opposed to just manipulating the database? How do I get a reward for just doing that?
Apparenty you didn't put too much thought into your conspiracy theory, but I'm not surprised since thoroughness often gets in the way when the almighty dollar or ego gets involved. So does a simple thing like common courtesy.
For the record, your post is not even accurate. Our site has done original stories on several of the recruits you listed in your post. I know, because I edited the stories myself. Since you seem so interested in our site, finding those stories will give you something more to do during your free time.
And on behalf of all of us with a financial interest in our website and Scout.com, we do appreciate all of the free advertising you just gave to sites on our network.
Can you explain to me how this is good for promoting Iowa State? For several years I have sat by and watched while a scant few folks on your site have accused us of stuff we haven't done and of using tactics we haven't used. Tactics like you're using now. They say we only care about a buck and not about Iowa State, yet you seem to be the one willing to promote yourself at the expense of others.
All the time you and the people on your site are using to spread inaccuracies about our site they could be using to talk about positive things surrounding ISU. Stuff like the recent academic success of ISU student-athletes chronicled on the front page of our website today, or the multiple mentions stuff like this gets in CN Magazine.
In the five years I have owned this site we have never allowed people to say the things about you that your people routinely say about us.
This needs to end. That's why we'll be posting this on the front page of our website so that all of Cyclone Nation, including the administrators and coaches at Iowa State, can get a clear view of what kind of person they're dealing with when dealing with you.
There is simply no reason for a house divided like this, Paul. While you and some of those angry people on your site are busy making up stuff about us, we'll be busy positively promoting ISU on this website, on 50,000-watt WHO-AM that reaches hundreds of thousands of people a week, and on a statewide television show on Mediacom Connections Channel that reaches 500,000 people a month.
We'll focus on the good news that supports ISU while you continue revealing your character.
Publisher, Cyclone Nation
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