After Syracuse lost to Michigan Saturday night, Jim Boeheim snapped at CBSSports.com's Gregg Doyel in the post-game press conference and, well, the exchange was interesting.
For what it's worth, Doyel admitted the question of whether or not Boeheim was returning next year didn't need to be asked first. (Boeheim also later apologized to Doyel.) That being said, this is not the first time Boeheim has had it out with a sportswriter - if you will recall, he called ESPN's Andy Katz an "idiot" and "disloyal" earlier this season. It turned out that Boeheim was angry at Katz for questioning him about the Bernie Fine investigation. Why is that relevant? I'm glad you asked!
Immediately after the Fine story broke, Doyel wrote that Boeheim should lose his job over comments he made about the accusers.
So, does Boeheim have it in for anyone who covered the Fine story? Or was he just pissed off after a devastating loss and unleashed his wrath to the first person available?
What I took out of the exchange, honestly, was that it was real. So many of these press conferences now are formulaic. The coach comes in and sits down. If his team won, the first thing he says is how well the other team played. If his team lost, the first thing he says is how they lost to a tremendous program. Then he answeres boilerplate questions and everyone moves on with their day. Boeheim has a history of being a jerk to writers, but at least he's honest and open about it.
Greg, your right, Doyel is a douche but in alot of the same way that Boeheim is. He's consisent, he doesn't care what team you are or whether it is the school he went to. Boeheim is alot the same way with the way he acts toward reporters, I think he apologized as a tip of the hat for being on similar "douchebaggy" standards.
@RobbVogel I probably agree knowing more now that they have some history. That being said I think both handle situation unprofessionally.
I am a fan of Doyel's, but that is not the right time to ask that question. On the flip side, Boeheim is an egomaniacal jackass who thinks he can intimidate anyone and everyone. I will not miss this clown when he retires.
Boeheim is an ass, but should that really be the first question asked? Doyel came across like a real chump.
No it's not just you he looks and acts like he's king of the douchebags. I'll never forget as long as I live the stupid column he wrote after Melky Cabrera got suspended, demanding MLB take away wins from the Giants as a punishment. Yes he really said this.
I know Boeheim can get that way toward the media at times but seriously he could have handled that a lot more professionally.