These are interesting times on GoBlueWolverine. The coaching search has brought about an interesting dilemma. How do you walk the fine line between accurate reporting and pure entertainment? These two things are often mutually exclusive.
I made a decision to err on the side of accuracy, especially since we put in a lot of time and effort in developing sources and making sure that we provide for you information you can trust. I never want the strength of our sources questioned when we say we have them.
At the same time, I understand the titillation that comes with reading something the might be true... with something that could be possible. I listened to feedback from many subscribers said that accuracy is not their chief concern when you come to the site. So how do we meet those needs while also maintaining the kind of standard this site WILL uphold? How do we entertain AND accurately inform?
After a productive brainstorm with Scout.com's Allen Trieu we came up with a solution.
We spilt the baby.
We are unveiling the Coaching Search Rumor Board.
It is a premium forum where everything goes rumor wise. We will NOT guarantee the veracity of posts made on that board. The content will not have been fact checked. It’s raw, unfiltered, and doesn’t have to live up to any standard. In the event that we verify a rumor that appears on that board as true, it will be moved over to our primary premium board, the Victors Club. The Victors Club board will be the forum where the posts from site staff meet an accuracy standard. Subscribers can look at it and know that the information has withstood a certain level of scrutiny and we stand behind it.
So who can post on the Coaching Search Rumor Board?
Any premium poster. Certainly the staff here can and will, but we encourage posters to post their rumors as well. Certainly some of you are "insiders" in your own right. Well now you have a real chance to build up your "insider" profile. Earn your street cred. So now instead of subscribers sending their rumors to us (like the subscriber that sent Tom Beaver the rumor about the supposed epic offer to Harbaugh), now you can post rumorslike that yourself. The more information you get right the more people will look to you as someone to listen to/know. If you want to stay anonymous and not attach your name to the rumors, you can still send them to us and we can post them with the tag: ”subscriber rumor.”
We’ll figure out creative tags for proven insiders in the coming days. For now we’re just launching the board so it gets off the ground immediately so we can get the coaching search rumors going.
And look at this as a pilot program. If this goes well, we’ll have a permanent rumor board that we handle the same way.
For now just enjoy the Coaching Search Rumor Board. It's off to a scintillating start!