What a bizarre news cycle.
Sunday, a blog posts a story that Coach Herbers is going to be the next head coach of the University of Alberta Golden Bears.
The Edmonton Journal follows up, and has confirmation from someone on that hiring committee that says it’s not true.
And now we get this…..also from the Edmonton Journal.
“Days after a source on the University of Alberta Golden Bears hockey head coach selection committee quashed rumours Ian Herbers would be the team’s next bench boss, the Milwaukee Admirals head coach will in fact take over the Bears coaching reins.
When contacted Sunday night via text message to confirm rumours that Herbers had been offered the job, Alberta general manager Stan Marple vehemently denied Herbers’ candidacy, let alone him being offered the job.
“He has not been interviewed nor did he apply…he is coaching in the AHL next year why would he come here?” Marple said via text message.
There are no sources cited on this new information, and I haven’t seen a press release of any kind yet. So on the scale of officialness, I’m inclined to rank it a bit below a ‘confirmation’ and somewhere above a ‘rumor’. But the author tweeted that there should be an official announcement tomorrow…..so we’ll see.
I have reached out to the Admirals, and they are unable to confirm anything at this time.
However, let’s say for a moment that it is 100% true. Herbie will be going back to coach at a place where both he and GM Marple played together from ’89 to ’92. And the Admirals will be looking for a new coach this summer. Maybe Stan Drulia will be the guy for the job? Maybe they’ll look outside the organization again? All kinds of speculation for another time on another day.
And if this is all 100% true, and if I’m Evan Daum (the writer for the newspaper), I’m pissed off right now. Like, flames….FLAMES….on the side of my face…. pissed off. Here’s the thing: I don’t like being lied to. And that wasn’t one of those Fleetwood Mac sweet little lies… It was one of those lies that would be right at home in a political commercial funded by a Super-PAC.
It was the GM that said it too!
I get it….they’re going through their HR process and they’ll announce it when they’re ready to announce it. They don’t want stuff getting leaked ahead of time. Fine. Great. Nothing unusual there at all. But there are ways to accomplish that without jilting a media member that had the courtesy of coming to them first before publishing a story. Not every writer out there does that, and Marple should appreciate the ones that do.
Don’t want to give him a comment? Tell him, “We have no comment.” I’d rather hear that than find out later that the comment they did provide was a large heap of bull-pucky. Tell him to sit on the story. Tell him to expect an announcement in 48 hours. Marple doesn’t have to say anything at all, and that’s why him going out of his way to be deceitful gets me fired up.
I hope there comes a day when Daum gets a pretty amazing scoop…and Marple asks him to sit on the story…..and Daum tells him “No.”
Meanwhile some play-by-play guy for a Junior A team in Fort McMurray tweeted on Sunday sans source that Ian was offered the job, and is gloating gloating gloating about being (reportedly) right today on the tweet machine. Because nothing says “credibility” like a guy who points to himself as if to say “See? I’m right!” and tries to rub it in the faces of people who actually would have preferred to see a source to back it up.
What a circus.
Can the Stanley Cup Finals start already? Please?