Posted February 14, 2013

Jim Boeheim to ESPN reporter: ‘You’re an idiot and really a disloyal person’

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Jim Boeheim ripped into ESPN's Andy Katz following the Orange's loss to the Huskies. (Nate Shron/Getty Images)

Jim Boeheim ripped into ESPN’s Andy Katz following the Orange’s loss to the Huskies. (Nate Shron/Getty Images)

Chalk it up to a bad mood following a 66-58 loss to UConn, or perhaps it’s something deeper, but Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim ripped into ESPN’s longtime college basketball reporter Andy Katz Wednesday night.

Following the final game between the Orange and the Huskies, Boeheim was asked by Katz during the press conference what the rivalry has meant to him. He responded by telling Katz he won’t answer his questions and that he’s an “idiot and really a disloyal person.” Another reporter immediately followed up with virtually the same question, and Boeheim responded.

Footage of the exchange can be seen below at the 1:24 mark, via DailyOrangeMedia:

Katz: “Jim, what has the series with UConn meant to you and to Syracuse?”

Jim Boeheim: “I’ll answer anybody’s question but yours. Because you’re an idiot and really a disloyal person. And a few other things that I can add, but I’m not going to go there.”

There are a few theories as to what apparently bothered Boeheim about Katz, as explored by Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo! Sports:

One is that Katz reported information pertaining to James Southerland’s academic issues that Boeheim believed he had shared off the record. Another is the Syracuse coach is still angry over a November 29, 2011 story Katz wrote that touched on Boeheim’s laissez-faire approach to running the program and the relationship between the Boeheim family and Bernie Fine.


26 comments
JamesMartin
JamesMartin

That is Refreshing Honesty. To the point and even keeled. Good show, bravo!

Paulmatthew22
Paulmatthew22

I thought Boeheim seemed under control and candid when he told Katz those remarks,. Who says he has to answer someones questions who has obviously(in Boeheims estimation) has tried to make the coach look foolish?,.It has to be a 2 way street

Randy C
Randy C

In my opinion Boeheim's comments were over-the-top and unwarranted.     Wonder what would happen if ESPN made a statement to stand behind Katz.     They could by declaring next year that given the nature of the comments,   ESPN will no longer televise Syracuse University on any of its networks as long as Boeheim is coach.    (If they are contractually obligated,  show them only on ESPN360 or ESPNU.)    Not sure this would hurt ESPN at all,  but would kill Syracuse on recruiting.    I'm guessing a retraction and apology would be quickly forthcoming.

Jason37
Jason37

Back in the 80s Big East basketball was the only thing worth watching on ESPN. They owe him

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

Boeheim might need a feminine hygiene product, Katz...maybe a good way to get on his good side, IJS!!!

bobinpowell
bobinpowell

I don't like ESPN, but the use of the term "disloyal" cracks me up.  Does that old goat from Syracuse call anyone who isn't a complete suck-up, "disloyal"?

Scott3
Scott3

Why does Boeheim get a pass on the Bernie Fine stuff when Paterno was crucified?  Not that age and being old is an excuse, but Paterno had a bigger excuse for being senile...Boeheim had to know that assistant was taking little boys on road trips....Boeheim is lucky he's not in jail.

rodp236
rodp236

After coaching, he's going into public relations and proper etiquette teaching.

bobsponge
bobsponge

That husky sure loves Dunkin' Donuts.

Hotbite
Hotbite

Personally, I think Boeheim was seeing his own reflection in his glasses when he said that.

Mr Rogers
Mr Rogers

So Katz didn't have a duty to report about Bernie Fine?  Interesting.

 

GaryL.Hale
GaryL.Hale

ESPN  wipes, from...Chris Berman's back back back call on a ball going over the fence when that phrase is ment for the outfielder not the ball.  To the bald headed boyfriend of Mike tirico, the worst of them all Scott Van Pelt.  ESPN thinks they do not have to pay for the crap they spew...nice job Boeheim.  Katz and everyone else, wish they were that important.

TA1
TA1

Atta boy Boeheim...  Time to put more of them in their places...  Nice....

JayGaughan
JayGaughan

 @Scott3 Because Bernie Fine has been exonerated and not charged with anything

Kristian
Kristian

 @GaryL.Hale Dude, I freaking hate Chris Berman.  You ever see the clips of him cussing out the crew during commercial breaks on the set?  There's another one where he's with Evan Longoria at the airport and upset because people ask for Evans autograph but not his. 

JulieMcCarberyDilworth
JulieMcCarberyDilworth

Get your facts straight.  The statute of limitations had expired on several of the counts against Fine.  Boheim is an arrogant prick and always has been.  

stabmasterarson21
stabmasterarson21

 @darcrequiem  @Scott3  @JayGaughan Sure he did. Actually only one kid er guy came out and said it was a lie.  I'm sure the other two just made it up because the one who lied did too....since most people who say they were molested are liars....(sarcasm for those who don't see it).