Terrible unnamed sourced reporting:

Memphis will have a new coach in LSU assistant Larry Porter, a source with direct knowledge of the search said Saturday.

Porter, in his fifth year as running backs coach at LSU, is also assistant head coach and chief recruiter on Les Miles’ staff in Baton Rouge

An entire news article written based on one unidentified person without any verification. This should never have made it onto ESPN’s Web site, much less a televised report.

When I’m finished with my PhD, here’s a study I’ll conduct: I’ll examine a sample of sports articles attributed to anonymous sources, then check to see how many turned out to be accurate. Wonder what they percentage will be. Below 50 percent perhaps? Particularly around the trade deadlines…