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Not defending either side, but Boeheim is hardly the most warm and fuzzy guy around.
It also implies that Katz, as a reporter, should be loyal - presumably to Boeheim. Which is a weird thing for a coach to say. It means you considered someone a friend, correct? Or something close to that. This can't be about the Bernie Fine stuff. Katz must have talked to Boeheim since then.
Told that the Twitter universe and the blogosphere was awash with comments, pro and con, regarding his post-game answer to a question posed by ESPN's Andy Katz, Boeheim offered a one-word retort:
Then, after a slight pause, he offered: “That’s my response.”
Boeheim did, though, provide his recollection of the episode that led to his calling Katz, a national college basketball writer, an “idiot” during his media briefing at the XL Center.
“It’s really simple,” he explained. “I went to New York last year to play in the (NIT Pre-Season Tip-Off) Tournament in November and he (Katz) asked if he could interview me about the tournament. And I said, ‘Yeah, but I can’t talk about the (Bernie Fine) investigation.’
“We got in the room and he put me on camera — there were several witnesses there — and he asked me what I’d told him I couldn’t answer. I kept telling him, ‘I can’t answer that.’ And he asked me, like, 10 times on camera. He never took the camera off me.
“Two or three people in the room were so disgusted they walked out of the room. The producer came over and apologized afterward. And I told Katz right then and there, ‘Don’t talk to me. Do not try to talk to me again.’
“That’s what this is about. It’s about one thing: An interview that was supposed to be about a tournament we were playing in, and not about the (Bernie Fine) case. And he kept asking me about the case over and over and over again. He kept the camera on me, trying to get me to react ... and I just didn’t.”
And regrets? Did Boeheim have any of those?
"I probably shouldn't have called him an 'idiot,'" he allowed. "That slipped out. Sometimes that happens after games."
The whole matter, according to the Syracuse basketball coach, dates back to an interview held in Novermber of 2011.
This post was edited by jsh 14 months ago
Whether you like him or not, Jim B has a lot of Gary in him. He's got great love for his university and has done innumerable things to benefit it far beyond the basketball court, is very protective of his coaches and players, and basically doesn't give a shit what the media or anyone outside of the program says about him. Call him curmudgeonly or whatever you want, his former players and coaches would take a bullet for him.
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