A couple of weeks ago, we had to run with the story that Stanford had hired former NFL coach Steve Spurrier to coach the football team in 2016.
We had to, because the story was so obviously wrong.
Spurrier was not fired from the school, nor did the hiring ever happen.
The story also said that the team was to be named the 2017 Pac-12 champion, which was not the case.
Stanford is a member of the Pac-10 and did not win the championship, as the Pac 12 title is awarded by conference champions.
In reality, the 2017 Stanford team won the conference title.
It is, in fact, one of the greatest stories of the college football season.
But for a second, let’s ignore that and focus on the bigger picture.
What about the Stanford coaching hire?
That is actually an interesting story.
We were able to get some information from a source that did not want to be identified because he was worried for his safety.
He had just completed a piece for the Stanford beat, which is where he has written about Stanford for a while now.
He also worked at The Big Lead, a college sports website for the general public.
We asked him to send us some details of the story.
He told us that the story is about hiring a former NFL head coach.
The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.
He described the story as the first such story about a former head coach who has been hired by a school.
The story said that Stanford was looking for a coach with ties to the NFL.
But, of course, the school is not looking for an NFL coach.
Instead, the story said, Stanford wanted to hire Spurrier, who played for the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers from 2001 to 2005.
The hiring of Spurrier as head coach was reportedly part of a plan to improve the school’s football program and make it a contender in the Pac 8.
He would have had a huge role in the program, which had been mired in mediocrity since the 2010 season.
Spurriers record at Stanford is 5-19.
But that is not the only reason why he was not hired.
The school was reportedly considering hiring former Michigan coach Brady Hoke as head football coach.
It was reported that Stanford’s athletic director, Jim Mora, had been asked to help hire Hoke.
Mora declined the job.
It is not clear if he was also asked to stay at Stanford.
Stanford was not a candidate for any of the other top coaching jobs on the list of openings.
But the hiring of a former college football coach, along with a potential connection to the league, has drawn attention.
What are the consequences?
The media is already asking the questions about the hiring.
Some have even taken to Twitter to discuss the story on how it could have happened.
Stanford coach Mike MacIntyre, a former Pac-11 conference player, tweeted: I have always loved the Stanford team and the fans.
This is one of those stories that is made up out of whole cloth.
And the NFL is a great story too.
Stanford, which lost to Washington State in the Rose Bowl last year, has had success in recent years, winning the Pac 10 title in 2017 and making it to the College Football Playoff in 2020.
It also is in the national championship hunt.
But its not the best of the best.
Stanford will not be a team that dominates the football world.
Instead it will struggle.
It’s not going to be a Super Bowl contender.
It will not make the playoff.
And it’s not a conference title contender.
But there are still things that could go wrong.
For one, the hiring is a little late.
Spurries hiring comes after the Pac 15 released its list of the Top 25 recruiting classes in the country in December, and he is listed at No. 10.
The list also includes two top quarterbacks and three of the top four defensive linemen.
And he is the only coach listed at the position.
Another thing to note is that the school said Spurrier did not apply for the job and that he was hired.
It would have been much easier for Spurrier if he had done so.
Spurri, though, had already hired his brother, Matt, as head basketball coach at UCLA in 2011, so there is no precedent for the hiring at Stanford of a head coach with such a long-standing connection to college football.
The NCAA has already fined the school $1 million for violating recruiting rules and the school was also fined $2 million for the use of a video promoting a recruit.
The fact that the hiring was not done through the NCAA is yet another reason why this story is a story worth watching.