posted by David Scott on December 9, 2013 6:00 PM
Jon Sciambi (l) and Fran Fraschilla took a pre-game photo that will serve as a reminder of their historic call of the Kentucky-Baylor women’s game.
Saturday morning, when basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla ducked in for a (much-needed) coffee at his local Starbucks, a gentleman in a Baylor Bears hat approached him with a simple message.
“Thank you for covering our Bears, Fran,” the man said.
“That’s what it’s all about,” Fraschilla said late Sunday, two days after calling the highest-scoring Division I women’s game in history, a 133-130 quadruple overtime win by Kentucky over Baylor. “We knew we had a good game, we had no idea it would become historic.” continue reading…
posted by Hannah Worster on December 7, 2013 10:00 AM
Imagine John Stockton entering the Basketball Hall Of Fame as a Cleveland Cavalier.
Given that Stockton played 19 NBA seasons exclusively with the Utah Jazz, picturing the 2009 HOF inductee in any other pro uniform is difficult. But when Stockton was a point guard prospect coming out of Gonzaga University in 1984, one of the NBA coaches most interested in drafting him was George Karl – then coach of the Cavaliers and now an ESPN analyst.
That’s one of the interesting tidbits Stockton reveals in his autobiography “Assisted,” which he promoted during a recent ESPN Car Wash. In the video above, Stockton talks about the prospect of playing for Karl and the growth of Gonzaga basketball since his 1980s heyday. The No. 19 Zags (7-1), featuring John’s son David Stockton, play host to New Mexico State tonight (11 p.m. ET, ESPNU and WatchESPN). Tuesday, they visit West Virginia (9 p.m., ESPN2 and WatchESPN).
By Sheldon Spencer
Video produced by Josh Lander
ICYMI: Highlights from the past week on Front Row
• One of the only things ESPN commentators love more than sports is their pets. Meet 9 ESPN pets and their owners in the first of a special two-part Lineup.
• See how teams in D.C. and Miami work together to assemble daily doses of Highly Questionable. continue reading…
posted by Laurel Daggett on November 14, 2013 3:42 PM
Hakeem Olajuwon (34 white jersey) and his Houston Cougars took on LSU on Dec. 29, 1981, in this example of ESPN’s college basketball coverage in the early 1980s. (ESPN)
“Greatest College Basketball Schedule Ever” – Click to enlarge.
Editor’s note: Welcome to another edition of Front Row’s #TBT: Throwback Thursday.
ESPN’s college basketball game coverage this week featured the Tip-Off Marathon of nearly 30 hours of hoops. This season, ESPN will be providing fans with more than 1,500 games across its networks.
A little more than 30 years ago, the network was touting the “Greatest College Basketball Schedule Ever” for the 1982-83 season that included. . . wait for it. . . a whopping 163 games. (The Marathon alone had 18 games or 11 percent of the ’82-’83 schedule in a single day!)
Here’s a cheat sheet to help you track analysts and commentators for this season.
posted by David Scott on November 13, 2013 5:37 PM
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posted by David Scott on November 12, 2013 3:17 PM
ESPN is the midst of nearly 30 straight hours of college basketball in its annual Tip-Off Marathon. In preparation for No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 2 Michigan State (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) and No. 5 Kansas vs. No. 4 Duke (10 p.m., ESPN), we’ve compiled some of the social buzz surrounding the basketball junkie’s favorite “holiday.”
But first, a brief video featuring some familiar ESPN faces explaining what college basketball means to them:
Includes, in order of appearance: Jay Bilas, Bruce Pearl, Sean Farnham, Doris Burke, Seth Greenberg and Carolyn Peck.
posted by Rachel Siegal on November 7, 2013 1:07 PM
Editor’s note: This week, in recognition of Veterans Day 2013, Front Row will present looks at various people and programs behind America’s Heroes: A Salute to the Troops Presented by USAA initiative.
ESPN’s coverage of the 2013-14 men’s college basketball season kicks off tomorrow with No. 19 Oregon versus Georgetown (8 p.m. ET, ESPN) from Pyeongtaek, South Korea. The United States Army Garrison Humphreys provides the “home” court. The setting is bound to spark memories for three employees now based at ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Conn.
Miosotyvette (Minnie) Colon (Production Operations), Guy Pumphrey (Transmission) and Kyle Tessada (Global Security) each either spent time at Camp Humphreys or on a South Korean U.S. military base. Colon was stationed in Seoul from 2007 to 2008; Pumphrey was stationed in Korea for two years (1992-94) and spent two months at Camp Humphreys for a satellite course; and Tessada was stationed at Camp Humphreys from March 1998 to January 1999.
What are your most cherished memories about being in South Korea and at that base? continue reading…
posted by Jay Jay Nesheim on November 5, 2013 8:00 AM
In the mid-1970’s, Bernard King and Ernie Grunfeld were two of the biggest names in college basketball. Known as “The Bernie and Ernie Show,” the University of Tennessee’s dynamic duo averaged 50 points a game on their way to the cover of Sports Illustrated. But behind closed doors, their experiences were vastly different.
Director Jason Hehir (ESPN)
Bernie and Ernie, directed by Jason Hehir (The Fab Five) and narrated by Public Enemy rapper Chuck D, tells the story behind one of basketball’s most unforgettable tandems, and an unbreakable bond that remains to this day. Bernie and Ernie premieres tonight (8 p.m. ET, ESPN) and will be the final documentary of the fall slate of 30 for 30 films. Hehir tells Front Row why he was moved to make this film.
You also directed the popular documentary The Fab Five for ESPN Films. Did you notice any similarities between their friendships and the bond between King and Grunfeld? continue reading…
posted by Sheldon Spencer on November 1, 2013 9:16 AM
The College Hoops Tip-Off Issue
cover featuring Andrew Wiggins (ESPN)
Freshman Andrew Wiggins’ collegiate basketball playing career is just beginning this month at Kansas, but the Canadian’s hoops star’s future seems like a foregone conclusion. The subtitle of “ESPN The Magazine’s College Tip-Off Issue,” on newsstands today, reads: “Or let’s just call it what it is: The 2014 NBA Draft Preview Featuring Kansas Phenom Andrew Wiggins.”
Elena Bergeron, staff writer for The Mag, wrote the cover story profiling Wiggins, also available now on ESPN.com. Bergeron and Jennifer Holmes, a Mag senior editor, tell Front Row how this feature and issue came together.
How much access did you get to Wiggins? continue reading…
posted by Gracie Blackburn on October 18, 2013 2:19 PM
In 2009 when he was coaching at Virginia Tech, current ESPN analyst Seth Greenberg (black shirt) surprised a Midnight Madness crowd by performing in an inflatable “Hokie Bird” suit. (Photo courtesy VT Athletics)
Tonight beginning at 9 ET, ESPNU will air four hours of Midnight Madness events from nine schools around the country. Front Row caught up with several of ESPN’s college basketball analysts who were coaches at Division I schools for their perspectives on Midnight Madness.
Bruce Pearl, former head coach at Tennessee, UW-Milwaukee:
Midnight Madness was a celebration on our campus – with our student body and fans – that college basketball was back. I will never forget putting on the sumo wrestling outfit [at Tennessee] and body slamming a worthy opponent from the student body. continue reading…
posted by Keri Potts on June 19, 2013 3:00 PM
New ESPN Insider and multiplatform reporter
Jeff Goodman (Joe Faraoni/ESPN Images)
Though it’s the college basketball offseason, there is no summer slowdown when it comes to ESPN adding top talent to its reporting roster. The newest member of the team is Insider and multiplatform reporter, Jeff Goodman.
The Boston native, who has worked for the Associated Press, Scout.com, FoxSports.com, and most recently, CBSSports.com, fell in love with journalism in his teens, and college basketball, during his studies at the University of Arizona. Goodman, who is quite active on Twitter (@GoodmanESPN), is already making his mark with breaking news such as this from yesterday on Georgetown’s Greg Whittington.
Goodman visited with Front Row to discuss his new ESPN role and what’s ahead for the 2013-14 season.
What will be your biggest challenge here at ESPN? continue reading…