We're not exactly sure NCAA president Mark Emmert can read and write, but in his short tenure he's proven startlingly adept at kicking hornets' nests from coasts to coasts, stirring up already butthurt fans with every senseless proclamation (and the sensible ones, too), and drawing such ire from fringe elements of college sports fandom that he's earned his own security detail:
Via phone and e-mail, blogs and social networks, Kentucky followers have been particularly outspoken, flooding Emmert's Facebook page with so much vitriol that the NCAA was compelled to block posts by outsiders. Without specifying the source or subject, Williams says he got an e-mail a couple of weeks ago warning, "You'd better check your car."
Make no mistake: The dangers are real. Actual crazy people with free time and stone-bound grudges populate the message boards you pore over during lunch hour. (If Emmert wants to walk on the true bleeding edge of the NCAA hive mind, though, he ought to try being a blogger.) And a good portion of the ire he describes has to be coming from Alabama fans regarding the eligibility of Cam Newton, so fair warning: It's only a matter of time before Tide hard-liners set up some sort of counting coup tournament from which they will be able claim their ninety-eleventh consecutive national championship in something. Stand ready.