By DAVID FURONES
With the Miami Hurricanes football coach search heating up, journalists all over the nation, but especially the local ones, are scanning the web for the most accurate, relevant and updated information on speculation of who might be the next CEO of the Miami football program.
Gary Ferman, the publisher of CaneSport, was the first to break the story of the firing of former Hurricanes head coach Randy Shannon on Saturday night. Ever since then he’s been offering an abundance of tidbits that he’s hearing from his sources on who University of Miami Athletic Director Kirby Hocutt may hire as the next coach. The effect the coaching moves have had on the university’s football recruits is also a trending and widely covered topic.
The problem with CaneSport is that it is not free to establish an account on the site. It is the Miami Hurricanes’ affiliate to the national website Rivals, which is run by Yahoo Sports. Only paid members are granted access to a number of the articles. I, however, am subscribed to the site and find the inside information that gets released earlier than the rest of the online publications to be extremely beneficial as a sports reporter.
Another aspect to CaneSport that sets it beyond the competition are the message boards. The message boards allow users to post opinions or analysis on a variety of subjects relevant to UM athletics. Some will even offer their own “inside” insight and information and play the role of the reporter on the message board. While the message boards provide a mouthpiece for the fans, there also lies the obvious problem of them reporting inaccurate information lacking credible sources or based on mere speculation.
Ferman will often remove posts that are inaccurate, but also must leave them up if he cannot prove them to deviate from the truth. One must be cautious when reading the message boards, but the rumors started by the fans, even if they have no journalistic foundation to them, can offer a solid starting point for a journalist to investigate.