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Perception gets best of good man

Updated: December 9, 2005, 9:52 AM ET
By Pat Forde | ESPN.com

Let's get the disclaimer over early: I played high school football for Gary Barnett. I respect him immensely. I learned a lot from playing for him. As a former teammate put it in an e-mail just yesterday, Barnett was a very positive influence in our lives.

So I don't approach today's subject matter with optimum objectivity. If you want to read a Barnett-bashing column, you'll have to look elsewhere. They shouldn't be in short supply now that the controversial coach's two-year walk on the ledge ...

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