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Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim blasts reporter following loss at Connecticut (UPDATED)

Feb 14, 2013, 11:51 AM EDT

Michael Carter-Williams, Jim Boeheim AP

Much was made about Wednesday’s meeting between No. 6 Syracuse and Connecticut being the last one between the two schools for the foreseeable future with the Orange headed to the ACC at the end of this academic year.

But in the aftermath of the Huskies’ 66-58 win the biggest story was neither the end of a rivalry nor Kevin Ollie’s Huskies showing one more example of the resolve that has resulted in a season more successful than anyone anticipated.

It was the fact that Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim lit into ESPN reporter Andy Katz at the postgame press conference.

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

Jim Boeheim: “I’ll answer anybody’s question but yours.”

Brief pause.

“Because you’re an idiot,” Boeheim then continued, “and really a disloyal person. And a few other things that I can add, but I’m not gonna go there.”

Why did this happen? There are a few theories that have flown around the internet in the hours following the brief exchange but nothing concrete. In an interview with the Post-Standard on Thursday, Katz stated that the pregame conversation between he and James Southerland rumored by some to have caused this was on the record so it couldn’t have been that.

Boeheim did reveal the reason to Bud Poliquin of the Post-Standard, pointing to a one-on-one interview done in November 2011.

“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.”

To say the least Boeheim’s had his moments at postgame press conferences, using the platform to offer his thoughts on gun control back in December. And who could ever forget the 2006 Big East Championship, when he defended star guard Gerry McNamara after an anonymous poll declared him to be the most overrated player in the conference?

Wednesday night’s press conference simply joins the list.

Raphielle also writes for the NBE Basketball Report and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej

  1. whitdog23 - Feb 14, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    why are coaches so paranoid after losses and arrogant after wins??

  2. cranespy - Feb 14, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    uhhh…..go listen to a sampling of Katz’s reports thru the years……he IS an idiot. He like so many on radio and TV think its all about themselves… their mind they are bigger than the game…….(ditto Cowherd, Racillo, Patrick, Rome, Bayless, to name a few!

  3. dexterismyhero - Feb 14, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Ha, that is great! Andy Putz.

  4. fanofevilempire - Feb 14, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Jim probably has good reason, I have no problem with a coach telling a reporter
    to shove it where the sun don’t shine as long as he has a good reason.

  5. LPad - Feb 14, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Can’t say I blame Boeheim on this.

    If you leak off the record comments, claiming you had an authorized interview with a player when he is in the layup line before the game, knowing full well that teams don’t let reporters interview players when they are standing in the layup line, you’re going to get called out.

  6. LPad - Feb 14, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    On a different note, I never understood why Boeheim got called out by the media mainly ESPN back in December for saying he is for gun control, especially given that ESPN then turnaround and praised the other college coach that did same thing. It was his first press conference since the tragic shooting and every public figure in the country was talking about it. I can’t remember who it was or if it was football or basketball but the other coach said the exact same thing like a week later yet he was praised for it.

  7. florida727 - Feb 14, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Face it, the media has their favorites, and they have their targets. You can be one of those one day, and the other the next day. It often depends on whether or not you’re a “good quote”. I’m not an Andy Katz fan. I also not an Andy Katz hater. If Boeheim called him out like that though, I’m guessing there’s a good chance he “earned the recognition”. Most ESPN reporters are, or maybe I should say have become, very arrogant. They get what they deserve.

  8. goirishgo - Feb 14, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Media types sure get touchy when they’re the ones getting called out.

  9. mogogo1 - Feb 14, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    These articles are so strangely written… Boeheim flat out explains the entire thing and that segment comes AFTER a paragraph speculating on a bunch of theories of why it happened?

  10. powercorrupts2 - Feb 14, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Most likely he was angry at Katz because Katz tried to do an ESPN character assassination number on him the same way they did to Paterno. Kudos to Boeheim for speaking up and defending himself – something that Paterno never got to do.

  11. gr3710 - Feb 14, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    a coach over reacting. all this is, he’s pissed Katz kept asking him Fine questions when it was the hot button issue. deadspin nailed this as usual

  12. opshuns - Feb 14, 2013 at 10:07 PM

    Nice Boeheim… Someone needs to ignore some of these midget interviewers who think they are a god. I can’t believe how many liars and manipulators the media has created since the birth of ESPN!!!. ESPN is their training and breeding ground…

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