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Continued: Odd twists, unexpected turns make Monson story tough to figure out

  • Article by: KATE PARRY
  • Last update: April 5, 2006 - 11:46 AM

Shelman won’t reveal the identity of his sources, so it’s impossible for me to check with them. Reporters and editors who know the identities say they were rock-solid sources who would have known what they were talking about, even though they didn’t work for the university.

I’ve checked to make sure the vetting of the anonymous sources followed the newspaper’s rigorous standards. No one made a misstep I’ve been able to detect; they were methodical and cautious.

Patrick Reusse, veteran sports columnist, also thought they had it right and weighed in with a column. Like the others, he’s beating himself up pretty good, going over what they did and didn’t do. Maybe they should have called Monson, although he was coaching a game that night. Maybe Maturi’s vague comments should have been interpreted as a denial.

“We all could have been more skeptical. But everything we gathered made more and more sense … it took on this momentum,” Reusse recalled.

Did the story shift in the night? Or was it wrong all along? In either case, Reusse said, “We have to take ultimate responsibility for that story.”

Gillespie added that “no one involved felt good about the confusion caused by the story, and we apologize to any readers who felt misled.”

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