Boeheim on Katz Back

Syracuse lost to Connecticut 66-58 on February 13th, 2013, the last game of the Syracuse/UConn rivalry in Big East play. ESPN reporter Andy Katz asked Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim a question on the rivalry, which prompted the following response from Boeheim:

"I'll answer anybody's questions but yours, because you're an idiot and a really disloyal person. And a few other things that I can add, but I'm not gonna go there".


A follow up article by Bud Poliquin of the Syracuse Post-Standard, on February 14th, 2012, offered more details from coach Jim Boeheim on what prompted his response to Katz.

"It's really simple. 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.

Two or three people in the room were so disgusted they walked out of the room. The producer came over and aplogized afterward. And I told Katz right then and there, 'Don't talk to me. Do not try to talk to me again.'

That's what this is about. It's about one thing: an interview that was supposed to be about a tournament we were playing in, and not about the (Bernie Fine) case. And he kept asking me about the case over and over and over again. He kept the camera on me, trying to get me to react... and I just didn't.".