Brent Musburger Stays In Picture
There are few things that are likely to survive a nuclear war but I'm convinced
Such a high-profile gig would come 20 years after CBS announced on the eve of the 1990 NCAA title game between Duke and UNLV that it would not renew Musburger's contact. As he enters his fifth decade on the air, the broadcaster remains a polarizing figure, revered by supporters and jeered by others. SI.com caught up to Musburger this week as he prepared for the Alabama-Texas broadcast:
I kind of liken it to being a pilot. I get to fly the plane and that's great, but if the guy watching the radar goes to sleep on me, we are going to crash the plane. It's a team effort and when that plane is on the ground, someone has to fuel it up and get it ready and those people are just as important as the pilot who takes it up and down. That is the best comparison I can make about a sportscaster.
So that stuff (criticism) just rolled off my back. I thought it was somebody who did not understand my job and should take deep pause as to what his own media does -- and they do a very good job of it I might add. I have frequently through the years picked up the
Travel is certainly a little more difficult and a little more rigorous than it was, not just because of my age but the age we live in. You have to have a great deal of patience when you travel and you have to be aware that there are a lot of things that are out of the airlines' and hotels' control. With a little bit of a sugar, you can things switched in your favor. So that becomes a factor, but I am just as interested in everything now as much as ever.
I've been blessed. I came around at the right time and got to be around all these sporting events and enjoy every minute of it. It's a life I have lived and love. People ask me all the time: Why don't you write a book? I said, I don't need a book. I'll tell you anecdotes about the people I work with over a beer and share some laughs.
I was in practice one day and
That brings us to our pairing now. He doesn't intimidate me. I know his bluster. I also know sometimes people take him too seriously. He's trying to be funny and when he's not, he fails. Having worked games with him, I find him to be the most perceptive basketball analyst that I have been around. Obviously, he looks at things from Bob Knight's point of view. There is a way that Bob thinks a game should be played, so you will get that bit but I really enjoy working games with him. I'll tease him about the chair and I'm not afraid to tease him about things in his past. I think he enjoys it and so we have been getting along fine. I also notice he's getting a lot of respect from young kids when he goes into the buildings. They are respectful and Bob will sign autographs.
"The things that he does I would have to keep off limits in terms of what I was writing about," Ohlmeyer said. "There can only be a conflict of interest if it's not disclosed."
I've thought often
At the very least -- and this is the very least -- Craig James should have publicly removed himself from the braodcast on Dec. 17, the day Leach is alleged to have confined Adam James in a equipment shed after being diagnosed with a concussion.There is also the charge from Leach that Craig James meddled "more than any parent I've dealt with my entire career," a charge James called "absurd" through an ESPN spokesperson. Texas Tech receivers coach
Ultimately, the public will make a decision on which side they feel is being honest after the facts are exhausted. But what should bother television viewers is this: Either James was not forthright with his employers about the extent of his conflict with Leach and the coaching staff, or those who assigned James the game disregarded a major appearance of impropriety (On this subject worth reading is
Networks over the years have assigned fathers to cover their son's games including
• "Next time someone resigns/retires to spend time w/ family, would it be rude to walk out of press conf? MJ,
Finding airtime in the same booth as
The former Redskin coach and the loquacious quarterback-turned-analyst will serve as analysts for NBC's coverage of Jets-Bengals wildcard game Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in Cincinnati.
Last month Gibbs sat in on NBC's broadcast of the Panthers --Vikings at his home in Charlotte. N.C., to reacquaint himself with the booth after receiving a call out of the blue from NBC Sports president
"In Gibbs and Theismann we have a former coach and quarterback who obviously have a long relationship and will be looking at a football game from different points of view,"
Gibbs said that because of his schedule, the AFC wildcard game will likely be a one-off assignment, though he did work as an NFL broadcaster for NBC from 1994 to 1997. "When I was redoing my contract in 1997, Schanzer was pounding me in the contract renegotiations. I said, "Ken, don't I have any leverage? He said, absolutely not. I said, "Well, in that case, I better take what you are offering me." Later on that year [his wife]
If the Redskins coaching situation comes up during the broadcast --