But my goodness. Memphis fans have been pouring in all evening, furious at me for this post. They are coming from a couple of different Memphis sites, but most of them are coming from here. Please note that I've deleted the most foul-languaged and nasty posts from this website. But if you click on the Memphis message board link be careful because the board is not moderated, and the attacks are pretty nasty.
So what did I do to cause this ire? Reports are still trickling in, but I think I've got a handle on what's going on. I had a post about Darnell Dodson signing with Kentucky and Shawn Taggart entering the NBA Draft process, and I mentioned that other Memphis players are considering transferring, either to Kentucky or other places. This isn't controversial, of course. A google search for "Wesley Witherspoon" AND transfer returns 2400 pages. I have made it clear that these are all just rumors floating around the internet, so my rating of Memphis in the BP65 still assumes that all of the non-Seniors are returning (other than Tyreke Evans, of course).
Now, I'm a bit sympathetic towards Memphis fans. They are in a pretty unprecedented situation. First, they were left out of the Big East. Then John Calipari abandoned them, and his recruiting class evaporated into thin air. If they disappear from the elite basketball world now, they will never return. I discussed this briefly in my 2009-10 Conference USA preview, but I didn't want to dwell on it too long. It's hard to imagine being a fan of a program going through a situation like this.
The lesson of all of this, of course, is that it's easy to see why a lot of bloggers do their best Skip Bayless impressions. I got more visits today just linking in from the Memphis websites than from all other websites combined over the last six days combined. And it was a fairly sympathetic post, where I tried to be pretty positive, and not come to any conclusions that couldn't be back up with fact. If I'd actually attempted to goad Memphis fans, they would have been in even more of a fury, and even more visitors would have showed up.
It's stuff like this that makes me understand why some bloggers are tempted to flame all the time. But I don't really have that temptation. It's not like I make enough money on this website for it to be worth the stress. So to my regular readers: have no fear. I won't be tempted to change my style.