May 31, 2013
An example of the outrageous obsessive -compulsive behavior of a few unwitting ECU fans (who were being used by certain radio hosts and beat writers like Batten and Friedlander to whip up viewership or listening numbers, as opposed to the reasoned comments of former ECU coach Steve Logan who commented that any one of 20 receivers, including Justin Hardy, rightfully could have been included or excluded by the 265 voters as semifinalists in 2014 given the spectacular seasons of the many receivers) and the uninformed, out of his league amateur American Conference commissioner's silly, inaccurate, obtuse, unresearched criticism of the distinguished 265 voters of the Biletnikoff Award for not including Justin Hardy as one of 10 BA Semifinalists, despite the fact that the BA is a season performance award, not a career award. This abhorrent conduct by the commissioner and Jones and McGee stands in stark contrast to the highly principled, ethical behavior of the station president Henry Hinton, as noted below.
Henry Hinton <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
The program airs again tonight (November 25) from 6-7 pm. As such I will require that Trent McGee read the following:
On last week's show we had invited someone from the Belitnikoff Award to appear to discuss the procedure for how the finalists are named. During the efforts by more than one person to reach out to the committee Pat was told by email that the policy of the Belitnikoff Award is to NOT comment on selection matters beyond the reference to the voting criteria on the BA website.
I mistakenly said that we were "expecting" someone from the committee to appear but this was after we had received the email explaining no one would. I regret using the word "expecting". I should have said "hoping". As a result I incorrectly inferred that we would have someone on that night from the Belitnikoff Award. I regret having said this and apologize to the folks involved with the Belitnikoff Award.
On Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 9:29 AM, WALTER <email@example.com> wrote:
November 20, 2014
Dear Misters Hinton and McKay,
I am the founding trustee and past chairman of the Biletnikoff Award, which recognizes college football's outstanding receiver every year for performance that particular season; it is not a career award. We also annually provide $900,000 in college and vocational school scholarships to high school seniors who have overcome significant barriers (often tragic in nature) to achieve at high levels.
At 11:06 in the morning of November 18, Pat Jones sent an email requesting that a representative from the Biletnikoff Award come on his and Mr. McGee's show the next day's evening--November 19, at 6 pm for Jones' stated purpose: "We would like to talk about the award in General and the criteria for the award and how the finalist are selected." (see Mr. Jones' email below)
Mr. Jones' email was forwarded by the part time manager of our web site, Ms. Glantz,(while she was at her full-time job) to our Foundation Chairman Charles Hopkins, who, like every trustee, has a separate, full time occupation.
It is the policy of the Foundation not to discuss selection matters for various reasons, not least of which is because trustees do not vote and never have voted, and that we respect the judgment of our selection committee--- the responsibility for selection lies with the distinguished national selection committee of 265 members (posted at biletnikoffaward.com). Chairman Hopkins, in the middle of his busy work day, responded with alacrity to Mr. Jones and Mr. McGee with the email below at 2:47 on that same November 18--- fully 26 hours before the show on November 19.The money line was that no one would come on the show to comment for the stated reason:
"We do not comment in public forums about selection matters during the quiet periods of our selection committee's voting. Nonetheless, as you realize from a perusal of our web site, our distinguished and knowledgeable 265 person national selection committee votes for the semifinalists, finalists, and winner. No trustee votes or has ever voted."
As a further courtesy to the Jones inquiry, Chairman Hopkins provided a web site reference to eligibility and voting criteria and offered some of those referenced criteria:
"Please see our web site for eligibility and voting standards. For instance, among those criteria voters may consider along with season performance is strength of schedule. Moreover, the player must be eligible to play--that was an issue with an outstanding receiver in 2012--- he could not be on the preseason Biletnikoff Award Watch List because his school had suspended him from the football team. That same receiver became a finalist in 2013. At any rate, the criteria are posted for any viewer's convenience."
Despite this certain, unambiguous knowledge 26 hours in advance that no one from our organization would appear and comment, that it is our longstanding policy not to do so, but to let our distinguished committee of voters (other awards tell us our group of voters is one of the very best-- again transparently posted on our web site) handle those selection decisions, Mr. McGee made statements which he knew were blatant lies on the program over 26 hours later:
- At or around the 6:01 mark, on the November 19 show, McGee stated on air that Jones and he would be hearing from a Biletnikoff Award representative live on the show that night.
He had known a full 26 hours earlier with certainty that no representative would be on the show.
- At or around 6:30, Mr. McGee again told the lie that they were to hear from a Biletnikoff Award representative on the show that night.
- At or around 6:35, Mr. McGee restated the falsehood that they had expected a Biletnikoff Award representative to appear, "that we thought we had an agreement with the Biletnikoff Award committee to appear," but that , now, no one would in fact be appearing. Of course any such agreement was McGee's complete fantasy.
The foregoing three statements are obvious lies, well known by Mr. Jones and Mr. McGee to be so at least 26 hours before they were uttered on air to an unsuspecting audience.
There were other statements on air that were highly unethical and blatant misrepresentations, if not outright manufactured lies as the three above.
For instance, the hosts decried the failure of their trap they had laid to lure a Biletnikoff Award representative on the show to be drilled about why a local receiver had not been selected as a BA semifinalist.
Moreover, Mr. McGee suggested that Ms. Glantz, who has a full time day job (whatever small number of hours of work a year she accomplishes for the Biletnikoff Award is completed after regular business hours which are devoted to her full time job) refused to come to the phone despite being in a meeting at her employer's office. McGee'sname and number were respectfully and punctually taken and, following her meeting with her employer, Ms. Glantz sent McGee's name and phone number to Chairman Hopkins.
Yet, the hosts later suggested that the reason Glantz would not come to the phone was the trepidation she surely felt after Mr. McGee mentioned he was calling from (I am not kidding) "Greenville, North Carolina!"
While the last two lamentable and unethical assertions certainly reflect poorly on McGee's and Jones' character, the first three lies, as enumerated, are surely in contravention to any ethical organization's code of proper conduct.
That Mr. McGee and Mr. Jones knew they were lies is a certainty (through even a cursory perusal of the attached correspondence--there was no conversation with Hopkins because of the stated policy). Yet, the falsehoods were uttered in this matter over and over again, with no restraint and no correction.Moreover, aside from the fact that the utterances were complete and obvious lies, there is no doubt that these lies were also premeditated. because of the serial nature of the lies over the length of an hour long show.
This egregious,false, and odious misconduct is a sad reflection of your organization. I'd bet this misconduct does indeed violate written and orally communicated standards of conduct which any radio station must maintain.
Gentlemen, if these lies and this misconduct in fact do not reflect the policy of your organization, do they not call for a clear, unequivocal apology by the perpetrators themselves, as well as a public apology by your organization?
Walter W. Manley II
Founding Trustee and Past Chairman
The Biletnikoff Award
cc: Chairman Charles Hopkins, Biletnikoff Award
Mark Wolpert, Chairman National College Football Awards Association; Maxwell and Bednarik awards
From: "Hopkins, Charles" <Charles.Hopkins@SunTrust.com>
To: "Pat Jones" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: "Trent McGee" <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 2:47:46 PM
Subject: Biletnikoff Award
Pat, thank you for your inquiry.
We do not comment in public forums about selection matters during the quiet periods of our selection committee's voting. Nonetheless, as you realize from a perusal of our web site, our distinguished and knowledgeable 265 person national selection committee votes for the semifinalists, finalists, and winner. No trustee votes or has ever voted. The national selection committee makes very difficult choices on more than a few occasions.
The Foundation does respect the collective will of our 265 voters; the voters have a variety of opinions, as the closeness of the votes would indicate. There are usually many more than ten receivers who arguably deserve to be among the ten semifinalists, more than three who deserve arguably to be among the three finalists, and so on. In fact three of our selections for the winner saw only a one vote difference in the winning margin. As in many aspects of life, talent, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.
Please see our web site for eligibility and voting standards. For instance, among those criteria voters may consider along with season performance is strength of schedule. Moreover, the player must be eligible to play--that was an issue with an outstanding receiver in 2012--- he could not be on the preseason Biletnikoff Award Watch List because his school had suspended him from the football team. That same receiver became a finalist in 2013. At any rate, the criteria are posted for any viewer's convenience.
Our web site provides the history of the award and other information of interest, as well.
Pat, one of the missions of the Foundation is the provision of college and vocational school scholarships to North Florida seniors who have overcome significant physical, mental,or emotional barriers to achieve at the highest academic and extracurricular (does not have to be sports) levels. We awarded $900,000 in scholarships in 2014 alone and expect to reach that figure again at our 2015 banquet.
We have placed you on our contact list to receive timely information.
Check out our web site, if you wish.
From: Pat Jones [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 11:06 AM
Cc: Trent McGee
Good Morning Charles,
My Name is Pat Jones and I Co-Host a local sports Show with Trent Mcgee on Wednesday nights from 6-7pm, on out Sports Station 94.3 The Game in Greenville NC. You can check out our website at http://www.943thegame.com. I have also Copied Trent on this Email as well.
I happened to grab your email off of the NCFAA directory website. I am writing you this morning in regard to the Biletnikoff award for the best receiver in College football. We would like to talk with anyone willing to go on with us tomorrow night on our show if at all possible such as a committee member or maybe yourself. We would like to talk about the award in General and the criteria for the award and how the finalist are selected. If you could maybe steer me in the right direction of who would be best to talk to I would greatly appreciate it.
Thank you in Advance.
October 3, 2013
The American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike "Arrested Development" Aresco made a laughingstock of himself.
Like he knows football performance better than the outstanding Biletnikoff Award National Selection Committee's 265 distinguished voters? "Arrested Development" did not even know the criteria for the BA. Dummy thought it was a career award. Nope. The outstanding receiver that season. No wonder the nimrod is in a bush league. Didn't know that Strength of Schedule can be considered by the voters. Nope. ECU's a pathetic 95! C'mon, "Arrested Development", work on improving your minor league, pal.
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