Tag:Syracuse
Posted on: January 4, 2012 3:10 pm
Edited on: January 4, 2012 3:11 pm
 

Podcast: Midseason awards; Syracuse is overrated

By Matt Norlander

We're in the throes of conference play now, so the podcast takes this opportunity to share the best and worst of the college hoops season so far. How can Syracuse be overrated? Parrish tells you how. To be clear: this is the opinion of Gary Parrish and Gary Parrish only.

I think this is a top-two or top-three podcast we've recorded. Just a good energy and pace and dialogue. Plus, I can't get enough of the way Parrish says "dribbler." If only I could share with you the things that didn't make the cut. Today's podcast was interrupted by profanity, a mailman and a bad Internet connection. It was also delayed in going to publishing. But we're here, and you should love this one. 

Today:
  • From the beginning: Parrish will be on TV tonight. Goodman will not. Parrish compares himself to Jude Law.
  • 1:52: Michigan State, Wisconsin and that clock controversy that should have never been. We start with Wisconsin. Should we trust them still?
  • 5:22: On Michigan State, a team with 14 straight wins and angling at a No. 2 seed right now.
  • 9:04: A "Falling Down" reference, which means this podcast rules.
  • 9:12: Who's the best point guard in the country right now?
  • 11:49: The Joe Jackson situation which almost became a massive issue at Memphis over the weekend.
  • 17:39: We transition to Jarnell Stokes, who could be playing for Tennessee soon after transferring there. Parrish and Goodman make the case he should wait until next fall.
  • 22:04: Our midseason awards will be up on the blog tomorrow, so we tease each other and basically insult each other's selections at the end of the podcast.

You can listen to the CBSSports.com College Basketball Podcast every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The podcasts are posted here and simultaneously through iTunes (link below). Each Wednesday CBSSports.com national writers Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish hop on to banter and bicker. Mondays and Fridays are reserved for the most prominent voices in and around the game. Here's the iTunes subcription link. We also have an RSS feed for you to track. I don't believe they are making Zunes anymore, but nonetheless, I've been instructed to link you on how to listen via that device, too.


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Posted on: December 30, 2011 10:06 am
 

Podcast: Full-fledged Louisvile-Kentucky preview

By Matt Norlander

On Saturday at noon on CBS, one of college basketball's best rivalries -- some, including today's guest, say it's the best -- will be renewed when Louisville heads into Rupp Arena to face Kentucky. Plenty aren't giving U of L much of a chance. Is that fair? Kentucky Sports Radio's Matt Jones joins me to discuss how this week has been down in the Bluegrass State.

Jones, a former writer here at the blog, is based out of Louisville and has become the fan's voice for UK hoops. We did some podcast collaboration last season, and with this big game upcoming, it felt right to wrap up 2011 by getting him back on. Good news Louisville fans: he doesn't totally mock you or your team! Surprising how reserved he was, in fact.

We resolve to discuss:
  • From the beginning: Jones did used to write for the blog, so we get reacquainted to start things off, then talk about how much Kentucky fans hate Goodman and Parrish.
  • 6:01: It's pretty fair to say Kentucky is not playing as completely as it could be. Why is that? How are the fans reacting to this season so far? They seem balanced, surprisingly.
  • 10:50: What's up with Terrence Jones?
  • 14:39: Talking U of L-UK, and so much of it is Pitino vs. Calipari. The two purely hate each other. Jones offers up some anecdotes.
  • 18:00: Normally, the UK players get up for this game, but it's not something that consumes them. This year, that doesn't seem to be the case.
  • 23:58: Talking national hoops with Jones. There's a group of 11 he sees as the most likely to make the Final Four. Beyond that, it's a big drop-off in terms of New Orleans expectations.
  • 29:52: Wrapping it up with some NYE talk and the Duke-UNC/UK-Louisville rivalry comparison.

You can listen to the CBSSports.com College Basketball Podcast every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The podcasts are posted here and simultaneously through iTunes (link below). Each Wednesday CBSSports.com national writers Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish hop on to banter and bicker. Mondays and Fridays are reserved for the most prominent voices in and around the game. Here's the iTunes subcription link. We also have an RSS feed for you to track. I don't believe they are making Zunes anymore, but nonetheless, I've been instructed to link you on how to listen via that device, too.


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Posted on: December 21, 2011 12:18 pm
 

Podcast: Year in Review, Part Two

By Matt Norlander

It's part two of our look-back on college hops in 2011. But before Gary Parrish, Jeff Goodman and myself get to talk about the memories, events and games that shaped the best of the sport this year, the big boys address, for the first time on the podcast, the Todd O'Brien situation at St. Joseph's. It's a story that continues to have legs and is in need of answers.

After that, it's the retrospective, followed by some holiday thoughts, memories, and cheer. Get some hot chocolate, throw a log on the fire and enjoy.

What to hear where:
  • From the beginning: Giving Goodman and Parrish the floor to discuss and share their opinions on the Todd O'Brien/St. Joe's situation.
  • 11:20: Parrish's five favorite memories of 2011. Yes, the aircraft carrier is mentioned. Yes, him getting lost on the way to the aircraft carrier is mentioned.
  • 16:40: Goodman's list, which includes the mandatory memory of joining us "idiots at CBS." Tears here.
  • 20:31: I listed off three of my five Monday, and so the final two are here. The Vanzant one has really stayed with me.
  • 24:04: Apologize for some navel-gazing here, but I needed to point out Goodman coming aboard, Parrish actively pursuing it, and how rare that can be in this industry under the circumstances it happened.
  • 27:37: The podcast gets a bow on it with Hannukah and Christmas chatter. What can I say, I can't get enough of it, and Goodman's stories of the Festival of Lights are worth sharing.

You can listen to the CBSSports.com College Basketball Podcast every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The podcasts are posted here and simultaneously through iTunes (link below). Each Wednesday CBSSports.com national writers Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish hop on to banter and bicker. Mondays and Fridays are reserved for the most prominent voices in and around the game. Here's the iTunes subcription link. We also have an RSS feed for you to track. I don't believe they are making Zunes anymore, but nonetheless, I've been instructed to link you on how to listen via that device, too.


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Posted on: December 16, 2011 11:25 am
 

Podcast: Pay the players? Not anymore

By Matt Norlander

In case you missed it, college players will no longer be afforded a $2,000 cost-of-attendance stipend bump. After the NCAA voted it into legislation, more than 125 college stood up and voted against it this week, mandating the legislation to be tabled indefinitely. That's kind of a big story, but it's been buried underneath Penn State, Tebow, Syracuse, Xavier/Cincy, etc.

Veteran USA Today columnist Christine Brennan wrote why the proposal was treacherous from the get-go (Psst! Follow Christine on Twitter). I've long read her work, and it was an honor to get her to come on and discuss the issue; to me she's the definition of talented, old-school columnist voice, the kind of writer that's unfortunately not as prominent in 2011 like they were 15 years ago. The paying-players topic takes up the first 60 percent of this podcast: why the stipend ever materialized, all the systemic issues, paying players, her opinion on if it should happen, how women's sports stands in the way, etc. Good information from Christine, and it doesn't stop there.  

On our list:
  • From the beginning: Introducing Christine and explaining why college players are no longer receiving the cost-of-attendance stipend that was voted into legislation in October.
  • 7:35: The National College Players Association is obviously against this.
  • 9:35: Why did this all happen so fast? It was brought up at a convention in August, voted into reality in October, and by December, it's now off the table.
  • 15:00: With hundreds of millions of dollars of revenue, how is it really possible that just over 20 universities are truly turning a profit?
  • 22:44: Why this is getting closer and closer to the watershed and breaking point of the NCAA and its member institutions. Just on big ol' section of the iceberg ready to get its floe on.
  • 23:54: Why college sports, even with all the ugliness, doesn't really suffer despite the scandals at Penn State and Syracuse.
  • 28:48: Some Pat Summitt discussion. Had to, wanted to chat his with Christine, who's one of the prominent national voices on women's athletics. So we wrap up with a story on Pat and some niceties to close things out.

You can listen to the CBSSports.com College Basketball Podcast every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The podcasts are posted here and simultaneously through iTunes (link below). Each Wednesday CBSSports.com national writers Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish hop on to banter and bicker. Mondays and Fridays are reserved for the most prominent voices in and around the game. Here's the iTunes subcription link. We also have an RSS feed for you to track. I don't believe they are making Zunes anymore, but nonetheless, I've been instructed to link you on how to listen via that device, too.


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Posted on: December 15, 2011 2:53 pm
 

ACC adds two league games; go to 18-game slate

By Jeff Goodman

The ACC has opted to go to an 18-game league slate next year, regardless of when Pittsburgh or Syracuse enter the conference.

"Our member institutions have been talking about this increase for awhile and knowing our league will be expanding to 14 in the future, we've decided to move to an 18-game conference schedule next year, regardless of our membership number," ACC commissioner John Swofford said in a statement. "The additional conference games create a more equitable schedule and we've received significant feedback from our fans for more conference games."

The current format is a 16-game league schedule - which meant that each team played five teams twice.

On one hand, the increase in league contests looks like a good move.

But I'm not sure I love it.

What it ultimately means is that ACC teams will go soft on their non-conference schedule, pull back with the addition of two more games and also the addition (whether it's next season or in 2013-14) of two big-time programs in Syracuse and Pittsburgh.

It could mean the end of the North Carolina-Kentucky series. It could mean that Duke scales back on its non-league slate.

Let's just hope it doesn't mean that Jim Boeheim and the Orange don't go even "softer" once he enters the league.
Posted on: December 15, 2011 11:57 am
Edited on: December 16, 2011 7:49 am
 

Fourth alleged victim comes forward in Fine case

By Matt Norlander

We've yet to go five straight days without a new significant angle or twist in the Bernie Fine story, which is now more than a month old. The story keeps sprouting new legs, as new claims come forward, lawsuits get filed and the investigation of Fine continues to run its course on a federal level.

The Post-Standard published a story Thursday that details the claims of an alleged new victim, the fourth one to publicly state he was sexually molested by Bernie Fine. He's also the oldest of the four alleged victims, and so his story dates back further than any previous ones -- all the way to 1969, well before Fine was a coach at Syracuse.
Floyd VanHooser, who celebrated his 56th birthday Tuesday behind the walls of the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, says Fine began sexually abusing him when VanHooser was 14 years old, in 1969. The Syracuse man, who is serving 16 years to life for repeatedly burglarizing homes in Central New York, told The Post-Standard Wednesday in an hourlong prison interview that the fired SU coach took him in as an orphan and sexually abused him. VanHooser’s parents both died before he was 13 years old. VanHooser said he lived with Fine on and off for nearly 40 years.
VanHooser was interviewed by police last month in prison, he told the newspaper, well before he knew anything of this case.

The details of what Fine allegedly had VanHooser do are skeevy (easy to find in the Post-Standard's story linked above), but remember, this is coming from a man currently in the clink. His story is his story, and it's all just allegations right now. What's more, the statute of limitations, like it did with Mike Davis and Bobby Lang, has long since passed for VanHooser in this case if most of his stories are in fact true.

However, VanHooser maintains the sexual behavior on behalf of Fine lasted for four decades. Davis has also said he took repeated abuse in the '80s and '90s from Fine. The most shocking thing about the story: VanHooser said Fine "pressured" him to perform sexual acts this year in exchange for money ($300). That happened this past summer at Fine's on-campus office, according to VanHooser. Fine was fired from Syracuse Nov. 27. If somehow true, a game-changer, as it could allow local action and a re-opening of the case against Fine.

Fine has maintained his innocence from the start and was freed of all possible local charges on Dec. 7. VanHooser's claims were downplayed/tossed aside by Onondaga County District Attorney William Fitzpatrick, who didn't find them reputable, unlike those of Davis and Lang, who filed a defamation lawsuit against Syracuse and Jim Boeheim this week. Victim No. 3, Zach Tomaselli, filed a lawsuit against Fine last week.

"There simply is no victim No. 4," Fitzpatrick said on Dec. 7, vaguely referring to VanHooser's claims.

VanHooser was indicted this year on eight counts of burglary and petit larceny for breaking into four homes, according to The Post-Standard. He is serving 16-to-life.

Photo: US PRESSWIRE

Posted on: December 14, 2011 12:26 pm
 

Podcast: Our college hoops dream teams

By Matt Norlander

If you could assemble an entire college basketball program -- coaches, players, recruits, the whole she-bang -- but with certain stipulations, how would you do it? We undertook that project at CBSSports.com recently, and so Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish hop on today to discuss their methods.  Much debate, much ribbing, much talk of "spacing," which is clearly important to Goodman.

Additionally, the guys put the finishing touches on Cincy-Xavier commentary and look at Syracuse strictly from a hoops perspective and warning signs with Ohio State and Memphis. We also get an idea of how terrible of a gift-giver Parrish is.

Agenda:
  • From the beginning: Our Dream Teams. How we picked and what we couldn't do when putting them together.
  • 8:45: Goodman is dumb.
  • 10:15: Haven't had Parrish and Goodman together to talk Cincy-Xavier, so we needed to get to that. Still a story, still some aftershocks and plenty of opinions.
  • 18:39: We've spent plenty of time talking about Indiana's side of the win over Kentucky. How about the Wildcats losing?
  • 20:15: Syracuse is No. 1 in the polls. It deserves some discussion about its actual basketball team and accomplishments. This is where we do that.
  • 23:10: Sullinger has a back issue. I posit this could be a season-long thing if it's more serious than we're led to believe.
  • 25:02: Wherein we diverge on opinions of what Memphis has become and what it is. Parrish defends the Tigers. In other news: there's the sun today.
  • 29:34: We always wrap up the podcast with some fun banter. Hey, who's got their holiday shopping done? Not us! You know you're in trouble when you wander into a Brookstone, desperate for any kind of gift idea.

You can listen to the CBSSports.com College Basketball Podcast every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The podcasts are posted here and simultaneously through iTunes (link below). Each Wednesday CBSSports.com national writers Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish hop on to banter and bicker. Mondays and Fridays are reserved for the most prominent voices in and around the game. Here's the iTunes subcription link. We also have an RSS feed for you to track. I don't believe they are making Zunes anymore, but nonetheless, I've been instructed to link you on how to listen via that device, too.


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Posted on: December 13, 2011 12:23 pm
Edited on: December 13, 2011 5:26 pm
 

Syracuse, Boeheim to be sued by Fine accusers

By Matt Norlander

[READ THE LAWSUIT HERE]

The Bernie Fine case has now taken its predictable turn toward litigation.

Syracuse Rapid Reporter Thomas Casale filed a story Tuesday that stated Bobby Davis and Mike Lang, the two central figures in the sexual molestation allegations against the former Syracuse assistant coach, will sue Syracuse University.

Their attorney, Gloria Allred, is notable because she recently represented an alleged victim of Herman Cain's sexual harassment, as well as one of Tiger Woods' mistresses and Nicole Brown Simpson's family. Cain is no longer in the running for the President of the United States, so it's a splashy name to attach to this case. 

If possible, the case has become even more high-profile. Allred welcomes the spotlight and is one of the most notable, aggressive, PR-seeking attorneys in the country.

Jim Boeheim is also named in the defamation suit. And so the case heaves new life and a new angle. This is the tedious side of it, but we're still dealing with alleged victims of sexual assault, so the subject remains a sensitive one, even if lawyers will now begin to fill the words inside the quote marks of the news stories. You'll recall Boeheim originally was very vocal about how this was about money. He since recanted and apologized for those remarks.

Here's a snippet of what happened at today's press conference, via Syracuse.com:
"It really hurt me to learn that coach Jim Boeheim accused me of lying,” Davis said during the press conference. “For a long time, this was my worst fear, that if I did speak up against this person, that no one would ever believe me because of who Bernie was and how he was perceived in the public, as a great person who did so much for kids.

“Then I thought about other victims who might be willing to come forward, but who would see or hear coach Boeheim’s comments calling me a liar, worried that they would never be willing to speak up because coach Boeheim is a person who many kids and people in this community admire.”

Allred said she did not hear Boeheim’s later comments as an apology and his statements irreparably damaged her clients.

“The coach has seriously hurt my reputation,” Davis said. “But I want people to know the truth.”

Syracuse has not as of yet offered a comment in the wake of Tuesday's Allred/Davis/Lang press conference. Allred added, "It’s time now to make both Syracuse University and coach Boeheim accountable."

Photo: AP via ESPN


 
 
 
 
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