It’s official

Louisville it is, which won’t be news to any of this site’s readers (and it’s a very good sign that Clarke Beasley makes reference to honoring fans’ input, though the most interesting bit of information - what the vote count actually was - is omitted … wouldn’t want people to think they’re actually getting the whole story even if they are, now would we?). A quick word by way of follow up: in all the clamor and carrying on that gets done about sourcing and rumors and anonymity, one way to sort through the smoke-blowing and gasbag rhetoric and get down to the ground of the issue is to test the authenticity and reliability of unsourced reporting against the ultimate record. It’s not possible in every case (though of course it is worth remembering that senior people within prominent, powerful groups or institutions are not likely to let themselves be misquoted, anonymously or otherwise, if they didn’t actually say what’s being attributed to them - witness the rumors about Jonathan Wilburn’s departure, which he refused to let go unaddressed). But in cases like the NQC vote it is possible. Information sources of whatever kind - magazines, television stations, blogs, message boards, newspapers, or whatever - gain credibility when they get things right over time. It’s alright not to trust somebody immediately, but once a verifiable record of reliability begins to emerge, it’s possible and probably necessary to re-evaluate earlier judgments largely based on prejudices, feelings, and assumptions, many of which simply won’t hold up to the reality of the situation as it develops.

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