Mark Edwards' In My Opinion: There's smoke, but no fire in case of Siskey's binoculars
by Mark Edwards
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Tyler Siskey (Ole Miss photo)
Tyler Siskey (Ole Miss photo)
Tyler Siskey had a tough weekend.

His employer, the Alabama football program, scored a 25-0 win over Ole Miss, where he used to work. During the game, an ESPN camera caught him watching the game from the coaches’ box with binoculars.

That caused a few rather ardent Ole Miss supporters to set the online world on fire. They’re calling him a traitor and a cheater, and one fan posted on Twitter to Siskey, “I hope all the trees in your yard die.” (Wow, that’s, um, really bad, I guess.)

His alleged sin, which both Alabama and Ole Miss are denying? Online theorists are claiming Siskey, the Tide’s associate director for player personnel, helped Alabama by seeing Ole Miss’ offensive signals and translating them to the Crimson Tide’s coaches.

Gasp! Horrors! How could he do such a thing! What kind of man is he! How in the world could he contribute to the university that gives him a paycheck by helping beat his former employer! Why, that’s … that’s … that’s … wait a minute, why is this such a big deal?

ESPN cameras show him doing nothing but watching the game with binoculars. That’s hardly a smoking gun. And if he really was helping Alabama by reading the Rebels’ offensive signals, how does that make him a traitor? Doesn’t Alabama pay him now?

Also, how are you so sure Siskey broke a rule? Did ESPN tell you that? Did you notice the network’s onscreen graphic identifying Siskey had his title wrong? The World Wide Leader called him “assistant director of football operations.”

And here’s the biggest question for the vocal online contingent: If your coaches are so stupid that some associated director of player personnel could pick you apart that easily, why aren’t you more mad at them than you are Siskey?

Contact Anniston Star Sports Editor Mark Edwards at Twitter: @MarkSportsStar.
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