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Old 01-26-2010, 10:43 AM
 
Location: Chattanooga, TN
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So often we hear about the supposed "West Coast Bias" in CFB. The Mountain West and Pac 10 are not given enough credit in the polls is the main argument you'll hear. If you buy into this concept, then you probably think of it as a negative thing, but it can also be a good thing for teams out west. With all the favoritism, preference, or whathaveyou that the east of the Rockies schools receive, there's also more scrutiny, and its often unreasonable.

I'll provide two examples from the past week or so.

Jeremiah Masoli, the QB for the Pac 10 champion Oregon Ducks, was recently accused of theft of laptops and a guitar. Masoli and a teammate are both listed in a police report, but are not currently suspects. That said, has ESPN or a vast majority of the national media even mentioned this? Nope. Like it never happened. Would many east coast schools receive the benefit of the doubt with no mention of this? Doubt it.

Lane Kiffin is known for not caring about secondary violations. He openly committed them in Knoxville, knowing that they're nothing but a slap on the wrist. I'll go ahead and say they're not that big of deal. Well, unless they happen in Knoxville. A year ago the violations he committed while in Knoxville were on constantly on ESPN's bottom line news scroll. This weekend he picked up former UT commitment and 5-star WR Markeith Ambles in a limo on an official visit at USC, a clear and obvious secondary violation. Funny how it wasn't at all reported on ESPN though! Instead, we get sarcastic columns on how Vol fans need to just let go and get over it, how secondary violations are now apparently no big deal.

So when talking about "West Coast Bias" and how all the schools west of the Rockies have it so bad, also consider they also have it easier when it comes to fair analysis, candor, and coverage.
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Old 01-26-2010, 11:52 AM
 
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This weekend he picked up former UT commitment and 5-star WR Markeith Ambles in a limo on an official visit at USC, a clear and obvious secondary violation. Funny how it wasn't at all reported on ESPN though! Instead, we get sarcastic columns on how Vol fans need to just let go and get over it, how secondary violations are now apparently no big deal.
I have only seen that as a rumor on Volnation. Linky??
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Old 01-26-2010, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Chattanooga, TN
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Volquest/rivals reported it.
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