For my money, I'm going to trust a proven newspaper like the TP over some website any day. The idea that the pay sites are a beacon of journalistic integrity is absolutely laughable. I'm not up to speed on what all is going on in this situation (I'm a newbie here and am really just getting my feet wet), but as a general rule I'll take a media outlet with several Pulitzer Prizes over any recruiting pay site. But that's just me.
TP's real trustworthy, bro. They've fallen a long ways from winning Pulitzer's after Katrina & for the investigations regarding casino's during the Edwards years.
The main paysites-BBI & Geaux 247-have either bought their way into their insiders having information (BBI) or developed a long track-record of doing the right thing and holding water when necessary with the LSU Staff.
As a result of different means, they have the same ends. If either one of those outlets reports it, then I'd trust it.
Beyond that, any outfit that hires Randy Rosetta's dumbass shouldn't be trusted. Anyone watching when he took the reigns at Tiger Sports Digest from Sonny & then Shea and didn't have a striking sense that he must've taken blimp-flying lessons from the captain of the Hindenberg is ignorant.