BASEBALL: Mississippi boy gets it done

Kudos to Chuck Dunlap. Chuck is a Louisville native and a Mississippi State grad who works in the SEC office. He oversees baseball, among many other tasks, which means this tournament is his big deal for the year. Kind of like football tab at the Journal.

Chuck pulled Alabama players off the bus yesterday and herded them to the postgame press conference following the Crimson Tide’s 12-8 elimination loss to LSU.

Their appearance is required not as a matter of embarrasing the losing team but in order to help media from both schools — and media affiliated with neither school as well — provide the best coverage that it can.

If the SEC is about education and the quality of life for its member students, what lesson is taught by allowing players to skip a postgame media gathering after an emotional loss? Not a good lesson, because it says if your task is hard it’s OK to bail, when in fact it isn’t OK to bail.

Kudos to Chuck.

— PA

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