During halftime of Ohio State's eventual 50-43 win over Wisconsin in the B1G Tournament Final, Bo Ryan gave a 17-second interview to CBS's Tracy Wolfson that left more than a lot to be desired.
Check it out and remember his team was actually leading by 1 at the time...
We get that he is upset his team blew most of a 9 point lead, but he needs to check his attitude at the door. Is it really that challenging for Bo Ryan to not be a jerk to somebody trying to do a difficult job when he knows beforehand he's giving this interview to CBS? Lots of coaches blow leads going into the half, and as stressed out as they are, still manage to put on their media-friendly, charming, "ra-ra, we can totally come back" face, and give a decent interview.
Ryan, however, stares blankly at Wolfson while she tries to get him to elaborate on what adjustments the team needs to make.
"Well, (Ohio State) made some shots." And the adjustment, Coach?
"Try to keep them from making shots."
Wow. Thank you Bo Ryan for that insight. Definitely worth the $2.1 million the university forks over to you every year. Not only does he look like The Grinch (I'm serious, Google it!) but he's now acting like one too. Gregg Popovich does the angry sideline interview so much better.
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I've watched Ryan-coached Wisconsin bball for all of his 12 at Wisconsin. That's by far the least he has ever said. He generally talks for too long and usually says something entertaining/funny. I think that's why Woolfson just struggled with it...I don't think she expected this response from Ryan at all. I know I didn't.
So feel free to bag on the rare nasty Ryan interview and ignore the previous 12 years. Snark is so easy to do, y'know? Where's the Awful Blogging site, btw?
Yeah, don't expect coaches to give great interviews between periods, especially during tournament season. Half the time most of the questions are completely idiotic and deserve a blank stare and an overly simplistic and sarcastic answer like "score more points than the other team."
Good for Bo! I'm sure the last thing a coach wants to be bothered with is some "interviewer" asking inane questions when the coach is trying to get to the locker room and go over halftime adjustments or give his team a second-half pep talk, or whatever it is coaches do during halftime. Maybe if more coaches acted like Bo, these "interviews" would be eliminated and thus also, eventually, the whole concept of the "sideline reporter," most of whom add absolutely *nothing* to a game. CBS football gets it right by not having sideline reporters and sticking to two-man booths. Too bad all networks can't follow this lead for all sports and get rid of these worthless "reporters."
Actually, he is worth the $2.1 million Wisconsin "forks" over to him every year. He's not getting paid to give good half time insight, he's getting paid to win games...which he's done consistently for 12 straight years! Not to mention he won Big Ten Coach of the Year. Obviously the interview was handled poorly, but don't go and say he's not worth the money he gets. Underpaid in my opinion.
Is this blog called "awful announcing" or "awfully mean coaches"? Everyone knows that courtside reporters are useless, and Ryan is under no obligation to act cheery at halftime when asked a stupid question. Between this and your "shock" at what Boeheim said to Andy Katz a few weeks back, you'd think you'd just accept the fact that coaches are competitive, spiteful dickheads.
Boeheims Gone Golfin i wouldn't say that Courtside Reporter are useless all the time, because if a player gets injured, they tells the results of the injury faster than they do in a game with no Courtside Reporter and they also work on Features for the Network's Pre and Postgame Shows too!!!