SEATTLE, WA – NOVEMBER 04: Head coach Willie Taggart of the Oregon Ducks heads off the field after the game against the Washington Huskies at Husky Stadium on November 4, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. The Huskies beat the Ducks 38-3. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Coaching carousel stories are often particularly tricky given fluid situations and widespread rumors, and that perhaps helps explain what happened with an erroneous college football coaching search tracker piece SB Nation published Sunday.

As pointed out by Football Scoop’s Scott Roussel, the initial piece included information on Oregon coach Willie Taggart (Seen above) “hoping to land a job in the Southeast” less than a year after being hired by the Ducks, and said he had received and declined an offer from Ole Miss. The updated piece mentioned only that Ole Miss has interest in Taggart (alongside Memphis’ Mike Norvell and USF’s Charlie Strong), and that “There is a strong level of interest in Taggart at multiple SEC schools.” SB Nation college football editor Jason Kirk included an editor’s note in the updated piece:

“[Editor’s note: A preemptively published version of this story described Taggart as having received and turned down an Ole Miss offer. It’s been corrected. My fault. — Jason Kirk]”

Kirk and SB Nation college football reporter Steven Godfrey also discussed the error on Twitter:

SB Nation deserves credit for the level of transparency here, including the explanations of what specifically went wrong. And it makes sense that they track rumors internally, then get them confirmed or denied before actually publishing. But this does illustrate the need to be careful with a process like that.

Putting information out there that Taggart wants to leave Oregon less than a year after being hired could be damaging for him if it isn’t actually true, and suggesting that he’s already turned down Ole Miss could be problematic if he winds up there. And the first version of the piece apparently also contained different information on Nebraska and Chip Kelly. Inadvertent publication of stories not ready for print happens at all sorts of outlets, and SB Nation’s far from the first here, but this story shows some of the perils that can arise when that happens.

[Football Scoop on Twitter]

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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.