The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns along with Townsquare Media announced Ross Cook has been added as the color analyst to their men’s basketball radio booth.
Cook, the former color commentator for Cajun’s men’s basketball television broadcasts who also served as head coach of the Louisiana women’s basketball program for four years, will join veteran play-by-play announcer, Jay Walker in the booth. Walker is set to begin his 27th season as the UL Lafayette men’s basketball radio voice.
“Honestly, when Ross and I first talked about this, I thought it was no more than a pipe dream,” said Walker. “Ross and I kind of joked about how great it would be to work together again, but the more we talked, the more we realized we wanted to make it happen. I couldn’t be more thrilled.”
Prior to joining the Cajun’s radio broadcast, Walker served as their TV play-by-play voice from 1984-91, partnering with Cook for three of those seasons. After leaving the University of Louisiana as a coach and broadcaster, Cook spent time in Idaho as an analyst for NAIA basketball as well as the Idaho Sampeders of the NBA D-League.
“Basketball has remained a major part of my life, even though I’ve been out of coaching for years,” Cook said. “Being able to be back in Louisiana and work with Jay is like a dream come true. I can’t wait to get started.”
The 2018-19 season for the Ragin’ Cajuns men’s basketball program will tip-off on November 6th against the University of the Virgin Islands, followed by games against top ten opponents in Tennessee and Kansas. Cajuns games can be heard on Townsquare media’s KHXT 107.9 FM.
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
Doug Gottlieb: Nobody Cares About World Cup Once USA’s Eliminated
“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup. But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.”
The United States has been eliminated from the 2022 World Cup, and FOX Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb believes that will return the sport back to its usual place inside the sports media landscape.
“I’m sure people in the soccer world are still talking about the World Cup,” Gottlieb said on his In The Bonus podcast Monday. “But zero people I know in real life are talking about the World Cup today.
“You can tell me how big soccer is in the world — and I’m not gonna dispute it — and you can tell me we’re doing better in the world than we’ve ever done — and I’m not gonna dispute it, it’s fine — but the fact is that as soon as that match was over we went from a couple of hours of soccer guy, or writer guy who’s really a soccer guy at heart, talking about should we change coaches, tactics, players, or whatever, and then it’s over. I don’t know who won and I don’t care.”
Gottlieb later added that soccer has been “the sport of the future” for his entire life, but added that college basketball is going on right now, and it isn’t on the national sports radar, either.
Jon Marks Working Without At Contract at WIP
WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.
94WIP afternoon host Jon Marks has revealed he is working without a contract.
A report from CrossingBroad.com claims Marks mentioned the development on the air two weeks ago, and Marks confirmed the news when the outlet asked him for comment.
He did not, however, wish to say much more about the situation. WIP is currently in the midst of changes to its lineup due to the upcoming departure of legendary morning host Angelo Cataldi.
In late October, the station announced the current midday show of Joe DeCamara and Jon Ritchie would replace Cataldi in the mornings. Longtime morning co-host Al Morganti will remain with the station but will no longer be heard in mornings once DeCamara and Ritchie take over. Anchor Rhea Hughes will stay in the morning timeslot.
The station has yet to name a new midday show to replace DeCamara and Ritchie. Marks is currently teamed with former NFL linebacker Ike Reese from 2:00-6:00 PM. The two were paired together in 2017.
Boomer Esiason Wonders If Joe Buck Was Criticized Before Energetic Monday Night Football Open
“Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”
Monday Night Football got off to an energetic start last night, with the usually reserved Joe Buck showcasing an exuberant attitude while discussing the weather and the fact that the calendar has already flipped to December. WFAN morning host Boomer Esiason wondered if there was an ulterior motive to Buck’s raucous start.
In addition to the energy exuded by the Monday Night Football announcer, Buck nearly howeld in excitement as the network showcased Tom Brady’s usual scream of “Let’s F—ing Go!”, by shouting “Yeah! Let’s go! I can’t say one of those words!”
The excitement was noticed by Boomer & Gio update anchor Jerry Recco who played the audio for the show, with Boomer Esiason wondering if Buck was proving a point to someone.
“Maybe somebody told him he was too downcast the previous broadcast,” Esiason wondered. “Maybe he was doing that emphatically because somebody criticized him as flat or something.”