So: Ringer has said he is not off his high school team. This is an awkward situation since attempting to defend myself here is not helpful to the kid, so I'll refrain. I do have a track record that speaeks for itself at this point; unfortunately here I made an error.
I can't count the amount of times that I've received false information in my professional life. All you can do is say that you were wrong.
I forgive you
Way to man up, Brian.
Glad you are a big enough person to admit when your information is wrong. Makes this blog different than all the others!
Totally agree. Thanks for creating THE go-to Michigan sports blog and keep up the good work. And don't let one litte mistake like this keep you from publishing the latest news coming out of the program.
Everybody gets lied to and everyone makes mistakes. No one is perfect, but glad you apologized.
Also everybody kills people and so on.
Ringer even acknowledged the rumors in his statement about how he's just injured.
Your track record - and more importantly your ability/honor/whatever to say that you're wrong - speak volumes. You also didn't just start posting things as gospel, you had disclaimers, and have since corrected yourself. No worries. This is a thousand times better than most journalists.
I'm almost positive that Mark Dantonio was behind the misinformation.
String him up!
William Gholston jumped on the true story and twisted it 90 degrees.
I'd think about front-paging this one. I know it's weird to put something on the front page saying "KALEB RINGER NOT A CRIMINAL," but the original post got widespread attention. I can see why you wouldn't want to, but it might be worth thinking about.
however the people that were saying bad stuff about Ringer and saying that it was good to loose him or this is one recruit i'm not worried about, those people are hard to forgive. Every recruit that agrees to play for Michigan is important, plus i'm a firm believer that Ringer will be a great player.
Why don't you pull a common C-List celeb move and say your account was hacked.
Works 50% of the time everytime.
1,000 MGoPoints will be the appropriate compensation for the pain and suffereing I was put through.
Your readership is voracious, even for things unverified. We all make mistakes. Thanks for acknowledging yours.
So, do you follow up with your sources to figure out why there was an error? And I assume that before your OP, you followed SOP to find two sources that corroborated the original account?
Nonetheless, I'll certainly acknowledge that gathering timely news is difficult . . . if you wait too long, the news is no longer timely. If you don't wait long enough to verify, you end up with egg on your face.
Considering the nature of the situation, I'd be surprised if he was able to get multiple source verification. I don't blame him either way in this type of a scenario.
Pos Bang Time? I think so....
you deserve the benefit of the doubt that you did your diligence before posting. it's not like youre on the message board all the time posting rumors. im actually pretty surprised when i see youve posted something on here. in any case, im sure youve learned from the situation but i hope youre not too gun-shy the next time you have credible info to share.
grammar Nazi's attack this post. Are they that brave?
It should say grammar Nazis, not Nazi's.
You don't need an apostrophe in "grammar Nazis."
Thanks, I'm an idiot.
It was just teed up too perfectly.
Only on MGoBlog.
So Ringer is injured and not off the team because of disciplinary issues. That is great news for UM, UM fans, and most importantly Ringer.
Oklahoma, however, is very upset
Is it an awkward situation that you can defend yourself from? Or was it an error? Because the way it was worded, it sounds like you still think there may be something to it, but you don't want to call the kid a liar. Which if that is the case is commendable enough. But if you now think your source was completely wrong, and you were in error to post it, this isn't exactly a strongly worded mea culpa. No one's trying to hang you out to dry over one bad source...that happens, and usually without any acknowledgement by others, so that's what makes this place a step above. But kind of a nebulous "apology" makes me wonder if there's still more to this.
Just how Brian worded it, it really does sound like he wants to defend himself but is deciding not to.
Either way though, this is far better than what most people do when they are wrong.
The wording strongly suggests that Brian actually believes there is something to the "rumor," but that since he couldn't verify it, he erred in publishing it.
I thought the exact same thing. It seems as though Brian may just be biting his tounge for the moment...
I didn't absolutely expect an answer. If it wasn't worded strongly enough, there might have been one, but if as some of the posters above me theorize, silence can speak volumes too, but keeps one from havng to flat out say anything, and stay classy.
If you made this mistake AND worked for the Free-Press, Section 1 would have declared a Salmon Rushdie-esque jihad on you by now. This could have been your Satanic Verses, Brian, never forget that. lol
I believe Salmon Rushdie is a character on "Spongebob Squarepants."
DANG YOU, AUTOCORRECT!!
But still: well played.
Who hides from Iranians under the sea...
Opinionated and Indian and remarried is he.
Though I don't think the non-fish guy has remarried...
I'd say he'd be trading down, but there must be something about this guy, considering who he's dating
And to keep it on MGoTopic-
Watch out Jeter, he's coming for your record.
I just choked on my own spit.....well done, thats freakin rich.
Here is why I put faith in Brian.
I first came across Mgoblog in the waning days of the Carr administration. Had never seen it before then. Not sure how I was routed here; doubt it was a google search. Someone had to link to it, from some other cite.
On TUESDAY before the big UM/OSU game that year, Brian stated something to the effect of: "My boy in the office told me, Lloyd will retire on Monday morning win or lose this game." No one else in the press was reporting it as fact; I only saw it on Brian's blog.
Then, of course, the following Monday, exactly as Brian reported, Lloyd retired.
I was like, Brian is DA MAN.
(Subsequent events in intervening years confirm, unfortunately, Brian's boy in the office no longer works in THAT office anymore.)
It is all good. There is not one person on here at some point in their lives they did not make a mistake. However, it takes a much bigger person to stand up and say you "F'd" up. I commend you for that
"you're still the one I run to..."
I'm going to take the liberty to post a "Brian Cook Kicked off MGoBlog" thread the next time you're absent for a week. Cuz then you really might know what it's like, Everlast style.
More errors and you'll be Freep material.
The important thing is that Kaleb is still a Michigan Man and coming here to play.
Who has the balls to neg Brian? LOL
the info about getting "kicked off" was made without first seeking Ringer's comment, or that the story has now changed?
Good by Brian to point out his mistake. I'm not surprised that stuff like this happens with kids; it's a testament Brian that this site rarely has false rumors posted.