Jim Boeheim was on the Doug Gottlieb Show today, where the two discussed Boeheim’s teams in the past, where Doug made his claim that he is not out to get Syracuse, and explains why he doesn’t think Jim Boeheim is a great coach. You can listen to the fun parts here. It started off with Gottlieb asking Boeheim if he’s mad at him.
Anyone who doesn’t think Gottlieb has an agenda with his increased criticism of Syracuse is absolutely crazy. There is no way a reasonable person can say that Doug stirring the Syracuse pot does not coincide with the fact that he has recently joined CBS radio, especially with his comments following the Boeheim interview:
And for those of you who haven’t heard this show before. Just so you know. From the guy i played for, to Boeheim, to any other coach, I’ll stand by my opinion. I’m willing to be told that I’m wrong, and we can agree to disagree. but i will never duck away from a supposed controversy.
Gottlieb has always been better at speaking than he is at writing, and is actually somewhat bearable to me when I hear him on the airwaves. Boeheim was a little disingenuous when he said he never thought Gottlieb had it in for Syracuse because he said on The Score 1260 last month that he thought Doug had an “anti-Syracuse agenda”, a statement that I still agree with today. If anyone knows the answer, I would love to know how many times Gottlieb brought up that Rick Pitino had won 6 in a row over Boeheim when Syracuse went on that massive losing streak to Louisville. Can the same be said by Gottlieb about the Indiana Hoosiers, who have only lost 11 straight games to the Wisconsin Badgers?
If nothing else, Gottlieb is always entertaining. In a world where being another Skip Bayless makes you rich, I guess I would have to say that despite far fetched opinions, Gottlieb can make them sound better than almost anyone. His mission was of course accomplished. Anytime a Jim Boeheim conversation happens with him, he knows all of Syracuse’s rabbit ears go up. I mean, look at me even. I’m plugging his new show and network on this little blog here, and that is exactly what he wants. I think the only thing Gottlieb would have wanted more was a little more resistance from Jim Boeheim, so a more spirited conversation could have arose from it. Gottlieb was clearly less hostile with Boeheim on the phone in comparison to his monologues and articles he puts out in the public, and I would expect nothing less.