Seattle Times continues slur campaign against MU

In a recent column, Seattle Times writer Steve Kelley ripped Missouri fans for mistreatment of head basketball coach Quin Snyder. Supermizzou found Kelley's remarks to be amateurish and offensive, not unlike some of the posts by UW fans posted on this site. The story is linked inside...you be the judge.

In Steve Kelley's column about Quin Snyder, he made a series of unfounded allegations and spoke of Missouri fans "blood lust" relating to Snyder.

In successive paragraphs, Kelley accused Missouri fans of being tied to the old regime, being hyper critical of Snyder and being a party to the harrassment of Helen Snyder, Quin's wife.

Quin Snyder has been a well-respected coach since coming to Missouri. He has led a charmed life in almost every respect, including being rewarded with a five year contract extension and a new $70+ million basketball arena to be built in two years.

Missourians, in fact, didn't blame Snyder for the things Kelley mentioned in his piece. He said that fans had blamed Snyder for the bad free throw shooting against Oklahoma, as well as Clarence Gilbert's poor shooting day. He does this without citing one quote or a single shred of evidence to support his position.

Come on Steve, who blamed Quin for any of those things?

Were fans critical when Missouri lost to teams like DePaul and Baylor in poor fashion. Yes. That team did not resemble the squad that took Oklahoma to the wire in the Western Regional Finals.

But fan criticism is nothing new, is it? Do fans complain at the University of Washington if their football team plays poorly?

To whom much is given, much is expected in return. According to USA Today, Quin Snyder is currently one of the top 10 highest paid basketball coaches in the country.

Some mistreatment, eh Mr. Kelly?

If a talented team underachieves and plays poorly, fans will get frustrated. Is that something unique to Missouri? I don't think so.

One thing that the Times, and particularly Mr. Kelley, could learn from those unfairly accused in this piece are the basics of Journalism and reporting. If you are going to make allegations, you should have some facts to back them up.

Kelley said that Snyder made a point to graduate player, which hadn't been the case prior to his arrival.

Missouri is proud of its graduation rate during the Snyder era, but to say that this wasn't a priority during the Stewart era is just wrong.

Next, it is patently unfair to group all Tiger fans in with whomever left that harassing note on Helen Snyder's car. It was a despicable act of cowardice, but it does not reflect on Missourians or Tiger fans as a group. In fact, there is no evidence that I am aware of linking the event to a Missouri fan in the first place?

Acts of cowardice like that could come from any source.

Snyder is far from the coach under siege as Kelley portrayed him, and if he had bothered to look into the facts of what he reported, Kelley would have discovered that.

Kelley's piece proves once again that the print media is repleat with substandard jounalists with their own axes to grind.

If you would like to read the piece in question, the link is provided below. Please feel free to let the Times know what your opinions are on the subject.

http://archives.seattletimes.nwsource.com/cgi-bin/texis.cgi/web/vortex/display?slug=kell240&date=20020324&query=Kelley


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