Originally posted on Awful Announcing  |  Last updated 2/14/13

Syracuse head basketball coach Jim Boeheim has launched an astonishing assault against ESPN college basketball reporter Andy Katz Wednesday night.  At Boeheim's press conference after the #6 Orange were upset by Connecticut, Katz asked the coach a question about the Syracuse-UConn series and Boeheim responded by saying he wasn't going to answer it.  He also included these choice words about Katz recorded by WAER: "I'll answer anyone's question but yours because you're an idiot and really a disloyal person.  And a few other things I can add, but I'm not gonna go there." Let me pick up mouth on the floor!  That's an attack you will rarely ever see from a coach to a well-known national reporter... and seemingly out of the blue as well.  Although Boeheim may still hold a grudge against ESPN and Katz for reporting that goes all the way back to the Bernie Fine case, it's more likely Katz's recent reporting on ineligible Orange player James Southerland is the crux of the issue.  Katz shared specifics about Southerland's academic eligibility during Wednesday night's game.  Larry Brown Sports notes Fox's Peter Schrager says that's why Boeheim called Katz "disloyal"... I'm told by "in the know" sources that Katz irked Boeheim by sharing info JB believed was off the record on the air re: James Southerland. — P. Schrager (@PSchrags) February 14, 2013 Katz had this response in the press room according to WAER: .@espnandykatz response to the press room crowd: last time I checked I wasn't getting paid by Syracuse U — WAER Sports (@WAERSports) February 14, 2013 This controversy is a bit trickier of a situation than initially meets the eye.  If Katz was told that information about Southerland confidentially by Boeheim, you can understand why the coach would be upset.  That said, Katz's checks are written by ESPN, not Syracuse, and certainly not Boeheim.  To launch such an outlandish personal attack on Katz from his bully pulpit isn't a good look for the Syracuse coach, and it's far from the first time Boeheim has overstepped with little class in this manner.  College coaches have enough of a problem with insane, egotistical power trips as it is without trying to intimidate and bully members of the media. It's a complex situation and one likely involving Katz's sources, which means we'll probably never know the full story.  However, at the end of the day Andy Katz's loyalty lies with his reporting and ESPN.  Not Jim Boeheim.

This article first appeared on Awful Announcing and was syndicated with permission.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Saints still interested in Adrian Peterson

DeMarcus Ware officially retires as member of Cowboys

Jake Long announces NFL retirement after nine seasons

Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell drops first music video

Giants will pick up Odell Beckham’s fifth-year option

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Nerve damage in Jaylon Smith’s leg starting to improve

Kobe Bryant, Michael Strahan talk about Dear Basketball animated short at Tribeca Film Festival

Serena Williams posts adorable message to unborn baby on social media

49ers might roll the dice on a QB at No. 2

Report: Saints leaning toward not trading for Butler

NASCAR driver Chris Buescher helps fans amid flash floods at Bristol Motor Speedway

Getaway Day: Wild, wacky and weird week in MLB (and that's just the injuries)

Most inspirational sports movies, series and docs available for streaming

11 names you need to know for the NFL Draft

The 'It's not good to play the King' quiz

Best of Yardbarker: David Fizdale and the Grizzlies won't go down quietly

Three Up, Three Down: Home run hitters are heating up

The 'Even the Browns can't mess this one up' quiz

25 times Mother Nature disrupted sports

In some ways, Dan Rooney was just another NFL owner

Box Score 4/20: When Westbrook isn't enough

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The '♫Happy Birthday Simpsons. Simpsons, it's your birthday♫' quiz

College Basketball News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Getaway Day: Wild, wacky and weird week in MLB

11 names you need to know for the NFL Draft

The 'It's not good to play the King' quiz

Most inspirational sports movies, series and docs available for streaming

Three Up, Three Down: Home run hitters are heating up

The 'Even the Browns can't mess this one up' quiz

In some ways, Dan Rooney was just another NFL owner

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

The '♫Happy Birthday Simpsons. Simpsons, it's your birthday♫' quiz

NBA Referee Hotline Bling: David Fizdale calls B.S.

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker