Has Any Coach Ever Done Less With More Than Lane Kiffin?

Watch enough football for long enough, and eventually you'll see everything. I believe this: In this calendar year alone we've seen a one-point safety, a Heisman finalist cop to having an imaginary girlfriend, and a 300-pound left tackle score on a hook-and-lateral, among other improbable feats. And I believe that, at… » 9/12/13 4:00pm 9/12/13 4:00pm

"... Did Not Meet ESPN Standards For Original Language": ESPN Finally…

It has been 148 days since we first informed you of Lynn Hoppes's copy-and-pasting habits. And dear reader, it's over. All it took for ESPN to acknowledge the widespread plagiarism in its archives was for the company's news honcho, John Walsh, to float a rumor in front of a class of journalism students that I was… » 12/06/12 10:45am 12/06/12 10:45am

Media Experts Dan Okrent, Jack Shafer, and David Carr Discuss ESPN's…

It's now been 138 days since we turned up ESPN entertainment writer Lynn Hoppes's extensive habit of copying and pasting from Wikipedia. If you click today on any of those stories—10 that we found, covering 12 examples of plagiarism—you'll find them just as they were several months ago. The plagiarism is still there,… » 11/26/12 2:31pm 11/26/12 2:31pm

The 7 Stages Of A Bobby Valentine Meltdown

The worst part of Bobby Valentine's soon-to-be-over slow-motion train wreck with the Red Sox is its predictability. To say that Bobby Valentine has never gracefully handled a losing season would only obscure the fact that he's never gracefully handled any season. (Even during the salad days with the Mets, Bobby V.… » 10/04/12 11:45am 10/04/12 11:45am

ESPN Hack Lynn Hoppes Copies Press Releases, Too

It's not hard to spot the biggest hacks in any newsroom. The biggest hacks are the reporters who rewrite press releases. Emphasis on the word "rewrite," since the laziest, most unimaginative journalist can typically muster the energy and self-respect to tweak a predicate or two. Even hacks don't want to look like… » 7/19/12 11:45am 7/19/12 11:45am

ESPN Entertainment Writer Has A Bad Wikipedia Habit

We've introduced you to ESPN's Lynn Hoppes a time or two. He's now an entertainment writer (and Cupcake Wars correspondent) for ESPN.com, but he used to edit the website's Page 2—where he wrote about pizza, covered the Jonas Brothers, and hired Sarah Phillips—before it rebranded itself as Playbook. To his ever-growing… » 7/11/12 11:47am 7/11/12 11:47am