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Zach Gelb Happy Syracuse Sports Media Grads Have No One To Root For In Tournament

“This year’s Syracuse team came into the ACC Tournament with a 15-16 record. The only hope it had of making it to the NCAA Tournament was to win the conference title.”

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The list of stars in the sports media world that hold a degree from Syracuse is long. The Newhouse School of Public Communications is considered one of, if not the best broadcasting school in the country. That means that a large segment of the national sports media openly roots for the Orange, particularly during the NCAA Tournament. That won’t happen this year and no one is as happy about that as Zach Gelb.

CBS Sports Radio’s nighttime host devoted some time on his Friday show to celebrating the fact that Syracuse had been bounced from the ACC Tournament the previous day by Duke. The loss means that not only do the Orange have no prayer of making the NCAA Tournament. They also finish the season with a losing record.

He celebrated the team’s performance against Duke, saying that without its star, Buddy Boeheim, it took a valiant effort to hang with one of the best teams in the country for as long as it did. He listed their stock as up, but the distinction was a bit nefarious.

“The reason why I’m giving Syracuse basketball a ‘stock up’ for losing is now Syracuse is not going on this miraculous run they always go on in March and then we have to hear from all the Newhouse graduates ‘Ooooh, Jim Boeheim! Ooooh Syracuse basketball! Orange! Orange! Orange!’” Gelb said. “Like, you don’t hear from them in November, December, January, February, but then in March, every jackass that gets a degree from Newhouse that works in TV or radio, because ‘All hail Newhouse, the greatest communications school ever!’. You have to then hear them ‘How ‘bout Syracuse? Let’s go Cuse, baby! Dinosaur Barbecue! Let’s go Cuse!’”. 

Head coach Jim Boeheim has led some elite teams during the 46 seasons he has spent as head coach at Syracuse, but he only has one national championship. What is more impressive is the years that he takes a team with less than 20 regular season wins into the tournament and makes a deep run to the Final Four. He most recently accomplished that in the 2016 NCAA Tournament.

This year’s Syracuse team came into the ACC Tournament with a 15-16 record. The only hope it had of making it to the NCAA Tournament was to win the conference title. That didn’t happen. Newhouse alums like Bob Costas, Beth Mowins, Adam Schein, Mike Tirico, and Nick Wright may be bummed. Zach Gelb couldn’t be happier though.

“We don’t need to hear that now in March,” Gelb said with joy in his voice. “And we won’t hear it, because Jim Boeheim is going home. Out of the ACC Tournament. Thank you for losing!”

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1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research

“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 billion for the Jay Fund.”

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Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.

This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 billion for the Jay Fund.

“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”

Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of  Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College.  The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.

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Parkins & Spiegel Wonder If Trent Dilfer Will Still Appear On Their Show After Taking UAB Job

“I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

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Former ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer has been hired as the new head coach at UAB. However, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel wondered if that meant Dilfer would no longer be making his weekly appearances on Parkins & Spiegel on 670 The Score.

“Our guy is no longer gonna do a radio show out of Chicago?” Parkins joked, referencing an incident last month where Dilfer failed to say “Parkins & Spiegel during an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.

“I don’t know that that’s the case,” Spiegel replied.

“We don’t know that yet,” producer Shane Riordan said. “We have only shared a couple of text message — Trent and I — this morning and I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”

Later in the show, Parkins and Spiegel jokingly wondered what jobs they could have on UAB’s staff, with Parkins balking at being a sports information director. He did say he would welcome being the offensive player caller, but believed that job might fall under the purview of Dilfer.

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Mike Milbury: Jack Edwards Is ‘Awkward’ and ‘A Different Breed’

“Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

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Boston Bruins television play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards has come under fire for recent comments he made about Tampa Bay Lightning forward Pat Maroon and his weight. In turn, Maroon donated money in Edwards’ name to a mental health organization. On The Greg Hill Show Thursday, former NHL on NBC analyst Mike Milbury both slammed and defended Edwards.

“Jack Edwards. Who’s Jack Edwards? He went through all of junior high school being picked on and bullied,” Milbury said. “Now he’s trying to get even. Wouldn’t you want to smack that guy, Wiggy? Skinny, scrawny, mouthy son of a bitch.”

“Jack is screaming at the TV all the time,” he continued. “I gotta turn it down half the time.”

When asked by Courtney Cox if it was appropriate for Edwards to make comments about Maroon’s weight, noting that the comments were “awkward”, Milbury said Edwards is a divisive presence.

“Jack is awkward. I think half of Boston hates him and half of Boston loves him. He certainly loves the Bruins and is passionate about it but he’s a different breed of cat. Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”

Milbury was “cancelled” after saying NHL players in the league’s playoff “bubble” weren’t being distracted by their wives and girlfriends being present. He was dropped by the NHL on NBC after the comments and has not resurfaced on a major network.

The comments and questions to Milbury came after Cox and co-host Jermaine Wiggins disagreed about whether Edwards’ comments were warranted.

Wiggins said he “thought hockey players were supposed to be tough”, adding “he’s got a few extra LBs. It’s a joke.”

Cox countered by saying “it’s not a joke. No one should be talking about it. Jack Edwards went on for like five minutes about it. It wasn’t funny.”

Hill said when Wiggins was in the NFL, nobody cared what television broadcasters said about them. Cox argued by saying “in your day, nobody talked to a therapist, either”.

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