You knew ESPN would respond in some fashion to former employee Bruce Feldman's Thursday multimedia blitz. After Feldman tore apart the company on the Dan Patrick Show, at SI.com and at the Wall Street Journal over his suspension last month for participating in Mike Leach's book, the college football world granted the floor to ESPN:
We have significant disagreements with Bruce Feldman's account. Beyond that, time to move on.
Nothing changes the fact that ESPN still allows Craig James to talk about college football after he hired a PR firm to get a college football coach fired, and nothing changes the growing perception that ESPN's Longhorn Network is already affecting its coverage of the team.
Based on that recent track record -- not that that's exhaustive, mind you -- it's hard not to assume the version of the story offered by one of college sports' most-trusted journalists is closer to the truth than ... whatever ESPN's version is.