Boeheim vs. Gottliebposted by Max Power on Wednesday February 28th 11:01am
Anyone who follows college basketball over the past couple of years and watches ESPN's coverage and analysis you can't help but notice that ESPN's Doug Gottlieb doesn't seem to ever have anything positive to say about Syracuse or their Hall of Fame coach.
There is history behind Gottlieb's distain for Boeheim, the Big East, or anything Syracuse.
First we have to understand how Doug Gottlieb went from being a starting point guard at Notre Dame as a freshmen to his seat as an analyst at ESPN.
Gottlieb allegedly stole his roomate's credit card at Notre Dame and charged about $900 worth of purchases on it. When Notre Dame officials learned of this, they kicked him out of school. After a year off, Gottlieb ends up at Oklahoma State under Eddie Sutton.
The Boeheim vs. Gottlieb fued started early on in his stint at ESPN in 2004 when Gottlieb accused some Big East teams, including Syracuse, of playing non-conference schedules so easy they were “fraudulent.”
Now perhaps "fraudulent" wasn't the right word for a guy who was kicked out of school for credit card fraud to use. In fact, Boeheim actually fired back that, "the only thing I know about fraudulent is (Gottlieb's) use of credit cards". Boeheim also went on to say, "One guy in particular was in our league for a minute or two but he couldn’t play in it. He seems to do the most talking, probably because he wasn’t a very good player and he’s not very smart about basketball."
In addition to this, Gottlieb was the first to call for Oklahoma State's legendary head coach Eddie Sutton to resign after being arrested for DWI. Boeheim also takes exception to this. According to Boeheim, Eddie Sutton gave Doug Gottlieb a second chance after his conviction at Notre Dame yet he was the first to throw his former coach under the bus when he made a mistake.
Gottlieb also was the target of the Big Ten commissioner after he made some controversial remarks regarding a Big Ten official. You can read about this incident here.
Coach Boeheim talked about this fued with Doug Gottlieb among other items on Tuesday afternoon on Sports Radio 620 AM. You can check out the full interview here.