FizzCast: Poliquin, Parkins Discuss Boeheim’s Media Blowup

Team Fizz speaks with Bud Poloquin, Danny Parkins and D.A. on JB’s offensive.

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The Boeheim Media Offensive began Monday night in full force as The Per’fessor went after Donna Ditota and Mike Waters of the Post-Standard. It continued Tuesday afternoon as Jimmy B went on The Danny Parkins Show and not only denied some of what he said, but went after seemingly anybody that had ever slighted him.

For perspective on the whole situation The Fizz spoke with Bud Poloquin, columnist for the Post-Standard and The Score 1260’s Danny Parkins. Despite what seems to be more frequent run-ins this year, Poloquin says this is nothing new for Boeheim:

“I don’t think he’s particularly more feisty or combative this year than he’s been in past years. This is something he does in the course of most seasons. He’ll have these mood swings where he’s particularly cranky and take people on. I’ve been around long enough to say, ‘I’ve heard this song before.’ I can tap my toe to some of this stuff.”

Poloquin says he doesn’t have a problem with the events Monday night. He says that when Boeheim comes after him, Waters, or Ditota, it’s okay because they’re paid professionals. But when he goes after young reporters that’s a different story.

“I think when he goes after a 19-year-old sophomore who’s just feeling his way along, who’s not quite as psychologically strong as someone who’s been in the business for a while, I think that’s wrong. He should pick on people his own size, metaphorically speaking.”

We also spoke to Parkins, who reached out to Coach Boeheim Tuesday morning and was interviewing him mere hours later.

“One thing you have to give Jim Boeheim for is he’s always accessible to the media. He always returns your call, even if he says no.”

The interview lasted about 20 minutes and took plenty of twists and turns along the way.

“It started a little awkwardly then veered into confrontational and ended in mutual respect. I thought he was defensive of his own points. I thought that he knew he had his things where he could come at me. I was amazed at how many different takes of mine he was aware of.”

Despite giving The Per’fessor a chance to explain himself, Parkins says that his opinion on the events Monday night hasn’t changed.

“I don’t think it was fair. I think that in general, we the media need to understand that we don’t fully understand his job, and he doesn’t fully understand ours. Maybe he doesn’t know that Donna writes a column, and she doesn’t write the headline and the graphics that go with the story.”

For final reaction, we wrapped up with DA, who went to his fair share of Boeheim press conferences back in his WAER days. He said that even though this season might not be different, this incident certainly was.

“He often goes after student media, or a reporter from out of town that asks a question critical of his team, but rarely do you see him go after the long termed and long tenured Syracuse media, so when he put Ditota and Mike Waters on the spot, that was surprising.”

While Parkins wasn’t surprised that Boeheim did the interview with him, it did surprise D.A. he went back on the offensive the following day.

“I thought that following the game he wanted to attack it but then leave it alone. I was very surprised that he went after it again Tuesday afternoon with Danny and made it even more far reaching. After the game he basically attacked Ditota and Waters. With Danny he attacked letters to the editor, fans, callers to talk shows, Parkins himself, and sports talk radio in general.”

This only left one question: “Where was The Per’fesser’s critique of The Fizz in all this?!?”

Overall, D.A. thought Danny did a solid job by asking all the tough questions. The Per’fessor though, didn’t get quite the high grade.

“I thought Boeheim came off pretty shaky when he denied saying ‘You don’t know your business to Ditota, when he clearly did. I also think he came off shaky when he said ‘I don’t mind the coverage, I think I’ve been covered fairly’ when he clearly does and that’s why we’re here!”

Whether it’s picking on young reporters, making it personal, or denying an obvious truth, everyone had a critique of Boeheim. My beef? This is all after a win. We should be talking about the Orange’s pulling out a gutty victory in a tight spot and instead we’re talking once again about the “press mess.” Boeheim may have won #850 Monday night, but I guess no one can win ’em all.

Posted: Craig Hoffman

11 Comments on this Post

  1. Steve Leahy

    Ok, let me get this straight. It is OK for reports to call out 18-19 year old players that are not performing but it is wrong for coach B to call out an 19 year reporter? Pleassseee, you are a freaking tard if you expect us readers to feel any sympathy for any of you!

  2. So, your take is that it’s ok for an 18-19 year old to ask and criticise someone in a public forum, and it’s always the medias right to do because they’re professionals.
    Please give me a break, Bud Poloquin hasn’t written one good article about Syracuse University at all. My belief is, if you stand up in a crowd and critize someone about their program and then put it to print, then the person who is recieving the criticism should be able to answer all of the critics in their own way.
    I’m glad Coach Boehiem did what he did. Boehiem’s response is history that cannot be changed. We have a game on Saturday so let’s get over it and all of us move on.
    GO CUSE.

  3. Both fair points. If you write it you need to be able to answer for it. Sometimes JB seems to go out of his way to bully student media. But you’re right – should be able to give and take when youre in media no matter what your age.

  4. Steve and ron –

    I like both of your perspectives. I think you’re right that it has to go both ways. I always try to be careful about criticizing college players because I know they’re young guys like me who still have a lot to learn whether it be on or off the court. That being said, in the interest of being a genuinely nice human being, I think it would be nice if Boeheim didn’t blow up on students every time they make a mistake or ask not the best question. As you guys said…it should go both ways, but why in a negative way? Can’t we all just get along!


  5. OrangeCrush22

    My whole thing with this “press mess” is that JB needs to understand that media and fans get frustrated with losing 7 straight to L’ville, not switching D’s when Wayns and Fisher can’t miss a 3, wondering why Southerland’s minutes have been cut. Those questions come with JB’s job. Has a paying customer and fan of your program, anyone has a right to ask or blog these questions whether their 18 or 108.

    If articles in the paper or internet, regarding someone’s opinion or thoughts about you as a coach, bother you that much, then do something about it besides yelling at people asking the question. Blast Scoop for turning it over for the 100th time in the game, get mad at Fab n Dion for their immaturites, yell at KJ and Rick for not acting like better team leaders.

  6. Jimmy was right to do what he did. He has to deal with the most negative fans and media in the nation. SU, for all it’s great fans, has some of the most fair weather and negative fans in the nation hands down. I never realized it till I moved away and saw how other fans were. It goes beyond passion into plain front running. After every loss it’s “Boehiem is done”, “Boehiem needs to retire.” BLAH BLAH! “We are going to the NIT” or “They suck, I can’t watch!” Then they win 3 in a row and it all stops. I am sick of it. This year in particular has been a feast of fair weather fan activity. It’s always been this way, for football too. The fans demand a top team every year, yet they don’t support the team in down years. Dome…empty. Can’t have it both ways, either support the Orange or go root for Duke in hoops and Ohio State in football, then you can have your top 5 team every year. SU will never be that, accept it and move on. Next person that tells me to “sit down” at a game is getting slapped in the face. Point of this rant is that if I am sick of it, imagine Jimmy. I would have lost it on the media and fans long ago.

  7. OrangeCrush22

    PDubs i def agree with a majority of your post, but your saying that fans don’thave a right to complain about how the football team was during the GRob era? Your saying you didn’t get angry when ‘Cuse didn’t make the NCAA tourney a few years back? I piss and moan when we lose, and i celebrate when we win. But you can’t compare ohio st./’cuse in football or duke/’cuse in hoops. Ohio St. never went through a gruesome era in football and when was the last time Duke didn’t make an NCAA tourney (’95?). I still pay money and support ‘Cuse whenever possible, but has a fan if i want to voice my opinion i will. Its a way of venting.

  8. Ok, here’s what I think about all this. I, like many other people, can understand that sometimes JB isn’t exactly the easiest guy to get along with. However, while everyone has faults (for JB being a “less-than-tolerable” person sometimes) everyone also has things that are good about him/her. JB is one of the best coaches in the business. I don’t care how many National Championships he has or hasn’t won. I can’t stand how many people use that as the primary measuring stick in judging how good or not good a coach is. Just because his one national championship in 2003 doesn’t match (for example) Billy Donovan of Florida winning 2 national championships in a row in the days of Joakim Noah and co. Donovan doesn’t have the conference championships that JB has (and the Big East as we all know is the best and toughest conference in the country year after year). JB has won several conference championships, regular season, and in the BE tourney. He has won I believe 52 NCAA tourney games and has made the tourney or at least the NIT almost every year he has been coaching. In 33 of the 35 years he has been coaching, we have had at least 20 wins (and in 1 of the seasons that we didn’t reach 20 wins, we had 19 and we have never has a below .500 year). It’s all about consistency here guys. JB has given us 850 victories over the past few decades. Only a few other coaches in the history of the game can claim something like that. But nobody can say they got all those wins at the same school. He has been loyal and true to the Syracuse community and SU all his life/coaching career. I’m sure he could take a job at just about any other school in the country like every other coach does when they get tired of coaching at one school so they switch to another. JB has done more for this school and this city than anyone else has, and yet the media seems to only harp on the bad things that happen along the way. Look, nobody is perfect, including JB AND the 18-21 year old kids he coaches. Just because the media on a national level has to be negative and only talk about bombings and shootings across the world doesn’t mean our local media has to do the same. Why doesn’t the media write about the good things that happen with this team instead of mentioning in several different articles about how they lost 4 straight or 7 straight to Louisville. It’s bad enough that these things happen and we fans have to deal with it, but don’t go bashing coach and his team all the time. His job is tough and I’m sure not many of you could/will have the success that he has had. Just remember that when you JB haters start bashing him next time.

  9. It’s fine to vent about the team. It’s another to spew garbage about Boeheim and the team when God FORBID, they have some off games or the rare occasional NIT season. That was my exact point, SU will NEVER be Ohio St or Duke, but people around that town have unrealistic expectations. Ever since 2003 many people think they should be top 5 every year. Hello? A Boehiem team loses 9 to 10 games fairly regularly and always has. But they also usually make the NCAA, win 20+ and finish in top 25. How many other teams do that for as long as SU has? Count them on one hand. With football, nobody is EVER happy. Coach P years everyone hated him win/lose. GRob was awful but you still need to support the team regarldess of the coach. Point is, if you are going to demand greatness, or have a fit, then you better be there though THICK AND THIN. Su fans are notorious for vanishing and turning on the team and coaches. It’s BS.

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