Former UNC head coach Matt Doherty has recently found work as a college basketball analyst for ESPN. I didn't even realize he was doing work for the network until I heard him on the call for Kansas' upset loss to TCU earlier this season. This week he appeared on ESPNU's roundtable show "The Experts" and delivered a shot across the bow at Turner's star analyst - Charles Barkley. Although Doherty doesn't call out Barkley by name, he says it's "turrible" that someone who doesn't call regular season college basketball covers tournament games and says it disrespects the event...
"In my expert opinion, I'd like to see the network broadcasting the NCAA Tournament put on regular season college analysts to cover the games. I think it disrespects the event, it disrespects the players, I think it's a turrible decision that they've made."
It's not every day you see a basketball analyst call out another from a rival network so openly, especially someone who works for ESPN, whose business is making you think they're the only sports network that exists in the universe. Perhaps Doherty is merely "punching up" in this case, but it's a legitimate example of growing resistance within college basketball to Barkley's NCAA analysis. There's many folks around college basketball who would wholeheartedly agree with Doherty's assessment. There's not many who would say it on national television.
There's no disputing Chuck's brilliance and entertainment value as an NBA analyst, but some of the things he's said in this year's tournament have been particularly puzzling. His strange feud against the Big Ten came out of nowhere and his inability to provide in-depth perspective and analysis on the games and players hurts the broadcasts. For as much as Charles Barkley brings to the table, it may be time for CBS and Turner to rethink his role in their NCAA Tournament coverage.
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