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

Why Is An ESPN Vice President Spreading Rumors That I'm Straight?…

"I don't know your personal life," ESPN vice president and executive editor John Walsh told me, on the phone. "I wouldn't comment on anyone's personal life." » 12/05/12 7:30pm 12/05/12 7:30pm

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

Four Months Later, ESPN Still Hasn't Cleaned Up Lynn Hoppes's Wikipedia…

This isn't the proudest period for ESPN's news division. We've spent a lot of time talking about First Take and Tim Tebow, but there's another little something that ESPN still hasn't dealt with: What's up with all those Lynn Hoppes stories? » 11/16/12 3:24pm 11/16/12 3:24pm

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

This Makes Too Much Terrible Sense: Isiah Thomas Is Up For A Studio Gig…

Is ESPN just trolling us? Phil Mushnick reported in The New York Post last week that Isiah Thomas is a "candidate for a studio position with ESPN," and a spokesman confirmed with USA Today that he had an audition. » 10/02/12 11:51am 10/02/12 11:51am

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

Bleacher Report Has Stiffer Penalties For Plagiarism Than ESPN Does

We uncovered more than a dozen of examples of ESPN senior writer Lynn Hoppes copy-and-pasting from Wikipedia and he was not fired. Instead ESPN gave him a slap on the wrist, and he hasn't written anything since—maybe he was suspended, or told to keep a low profile for a little while. » 7/17/12 2:50pm 7/17/12 2:50pm

ESPN Says Lynn Hoppes's Wikipedia Problem "Was A Case Of Journalistic…

We told you on Wednesday about ESPN's senior pizza correspondent, Lynn Hoppes, and his persistent habit of pulling material from Wikipedia. » 7/14/12 1:00pm 7/14/12 1:00pm

Lynn Hoppes Fails To Copy Quote

Last night, Pat Summitt received the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage at the ESPYs. Our hero Lynn Hoppes was on the scene, dutifully transcribing every detail as ESPN Playbook's lead entertainment reporter. » 7/12/12 6:22pm 7/12/12 6:22pm

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

"Singer Michael Bolton Hits Hole-In-One," Writes Man Who Hired Sarah…

That's the latest from ESPN senior Jonas Brothers correspondent and ace talent scout Lynn Hoppes, whom we've met around these parts before. [ESPN] » 5/09/12 2:26pm 5/09/12 2:26pm

ESPN Party Was Awesome, ESPN Editor Reports

ESPN editor and senior Jonas Brothers correspondent Lynn Hoppes took out his big boy crayons and wrote up this great report from the ESPN The Magazine Pre-Draft Party. My favorite line? It's a tossup between ... » 4/26/12 7:06pm 4/26/12 7:06pm

ESPN's Corporate Blog Finds Rock Bottom Somewhere In This Idiot's Office

If you're at all like me, you've avoided ESPN's in-house blog, Front Row, in much the same way you avert your eyes whenever a cat starts licking its own asshole. But this? This is just too much. » 4/07/11 2:02pm 4/07/11 2:02pm

Last Night's Winner: Lane Kiffin, Bro

In sports, everyone is a winner—some people just win better than others. Like USC's Lane Kiffin, the happy mediocrity who won his debut last night against Hawaii. Coach Peter Principle is 1-0, everyone. » 9/03/10 10:45am 9/03/10 10:45am

ESPN.com Interviews Scott Stapp For Some Terrible Reason

I really don't know what to say about this Q&A with Scott Stapp, other than that it's awful and seems to come from a realm of human existence devoid of any sense of irony or hearing. Also, enjoy this video again. [ESPN] » 9/01/10 3:20pm 9/01/10 3:20pm

ESPN Editor Is Once Again Very Excited About ESPN Event

Easily starstruck ESPN factotum Lynn Hoppes is live-tweeting a softball game involving the Jonas Brothers, Mike Greenberg, and Matthew Berry. » 8/13/10 2:25pm 8/13/10 2:25pm