Steve Tucker of the Chicago Sun-Times had a great column about how unsubstantiated rumors on the Web, scouting services such as Rivals.com impact college recruiting.
The column outlines how rumors start about a prep player's "skills" (or who is recruiting them) can be quickly accepted as "fact." It's a great warning for young journalists: Don't accept a rumor generated online as fact. Like the saying goes: If your mother says she loves you, check it out.
And apparently you can't check with dad. One of Tucker's examples was about a family member who generated press releases and e-mails with untrue information about a potential football recruit. The scouting services said the kid had scholarship offers from schools such as Louisville and Boise State.
None of it was true.