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ESPN’s Brennan: “Can Mark Gottfried Fix NC State’s Defense?”

June 14, 2011

The latest from ESPN's Eamonn Brennan.

In a world where it seems like a lot of the national media guys have a warped and hardened opinion of the NC State basketball program, Brennan–one of ESPN's college basketball bloggers–seems to be very fair. Or at the very least, flexible in his opinions.

I had an exchange with him on Twitter last month regarding a post he made about Torian Graham and how it seemed like State/Gottfried keeps getting a short shrift relative to other coaching hires, and after he disarmed my initial terse tweets in the exchange, he agreed to edit the piece and even gave me a shout out in the edited piece:

From the sounds of it, Graham's recruitment is important for three reasons. (That is, three reasons beyond the fact that he's a really talented young player, as Riddick and Reynolds pointed out on Twitter just now.) One, he's an in-state kid. Two, he seems to dig Gottfried's "laid-back" style, as he called it, something many of today's top young players seem to value in a coach. Three — and perhaps most important — Graham believes himself capable of helping his new coach land other high-profile talent in the 2012 class. …

I can't think of anyone else off the top of my head who would be open to criticism and further, would go the extra mile to address such criticism promptly and publicly. Most of the time, the national talking heads build a position and defend it to the end, no matter how flimsy the premise of that position is. They'd rather be wrong and stubborn than admit they could've done a better job.

I highly encourage you to visit the link above and show him some love and respect for being one of the few fair voices in the college basketball media world. You won't always agree with what he has to say, but as I've seen, if you're willing to address inaccuracies in a fair manner, he's willing to listen to what you have to say.

Which is rare in his line of work.

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