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Caleb Williams wasn't as quiet as the Manning family when it came to Mike Farrell's unprofessional, reckless criticism of the former Okla...
Caleb Williams wasn't as quiet as the Manning family when it came to Mike Farrell's unprofessional, reckless criticism of the former Oklahoma Quarterback and his father over the weekend stemming from an article he either never read or completely had no comprehension of.
Williams, who transferred at the end of last season to follow Lincoln Riley to USC, publicly dressed down Farrell with a pair of tweets of his own, directed straight at former Rivals scout, who had earlier claimed Williams' father Carl told the Los Angeles Times that "the reaction of the Oklahoma Sooners fans was part of the reason his son left for USC."
Farrell's claim in the lede of his "Mind of Mike: Pissed Off Version" blog post on his website was shameful, much like the tweet that followed.
Farrell, "The Godfather of Scouting," apparently can't spot a clue these days, which might explain his "Pissed Off Mike" Rants on his Player Evaluation/Commentary/News?? website MikeFarrellSports.com
Farrell recently drew strong criticism in college recruiting circles for publicly claiming that Arch Manning was a 3-Star recruit if he had any other last name, rather than the country's top-rated incoming senior and Texas' prize commitment in the 2023 rankings.
Formerly a scout with Rivals, Farrell tweeted about how "pissed-off" he was at the top-rated high school quarterback of 2020, Williams, after clearly MISREADING a profile piece in the Los Angeles times about Caleb Williams that referenced his transfer from Oklahoma after last season to follow former Sooner Head Coach Riley.
On Sunday, Williams responded to Farrell's tweet claiming the elder Williams blamed the Oklahoma fan base for his son's decision to transfer out following a highly-successful freshman season, asking that Farrell take down the tweet which had already stirred the ire of OU fans on Twitter, and saying that fans of the Sooners were the reason he strongly considered remaining in Norman rather than following Riley to Southern California.
“Reaction to this? Mine is — this is beyond ridiculous," Farrell's Tweet said. "Kid was gone. And entering the portal and not expecting OU to get another QB is laughable."
Maybe you should have read the quote more carefully, Mike, because most people understood that Carl Williams was referring to the harsh blowback his son received from the notoriously vocal OU fan base AFTER it was announced that he had indeed entered the transfer portal, not before.
The younger Williams' response to the tweet asking Farrell to remove it was met, not with a strong defense of the accusation’s validity, but rather a sheepish suggestion that Williams and his father agree to an interview with him to share their side of the story.
"Wanna take this (down)?" Caleb Williams wrote in his quote Tweet. "The fans and my old teammates are the reason (why) I almost stayed!"
Farrell didn't remove the Tweet, though, and didn't even offer any explanation for how he interpreted Carl Williams' quote in the LA Times piece.
As you'll see in the video, the quarterback's response to the request was rather pointed in denying Farrell an opportunity to interview them.
Quite frankly, as you’ll see in our second take on Farrell’s antagonistic behavior, his unwillingness to even consider taking the Tweet down without an interview shows a complete lack of professionalism and the utter lack of anything even resembling the judgment one would expect from a journalist dealing with a college athlete that broke no rules and is among best players in the country. His goal was to drive traffic to his website, to get more retweets, followers, and therefore eyes on his content, which in turn results in his own financial gain.
It was a GUTLESS take. A cheap shot. An obvious lie for click-bait. You didn't even bother to defend what you said to Williams directly after his quote-tweet, Mike. There was no apology or explanation, not even a defiant clap back to further defend the OU fans that you felt so compelled to stick up for after "reading" the LA Times bio in the first place.
Instead, you constructed a flimsy pedestal atop complete misinformation, then stood on it as if it were some sort of moral high ground.
This is how a bonafide ”Godfather" conducts himself? Because it smacks as much more "Fredo" than "Don Vito Corleone" to me.
Did Caleb Williams own you in his response to your interview "suggestion" on Twitter? Oh, yes, Mike, HE OWNED YOU, alright. And if the continual rallying of support within your feed, days after Williams abandoned the conversation himself, is any indication, Williams still owns a sizable piece of you today.
Even if that ground is more or less unable to produce fruit anymore.