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The Big East (was) just full of coaches who were perpetually ready to fight, wasn't it?
Jim Boeheim is a no-nonsense kind of fella. He likes to win and he likes his players to play hard. He would prefer to not ever deal with the media, but considering it's a contractual obligation, he'll do it. But don't ask him to be nice about it.
When Boeheim loses—which does happen occasionally, despite the fact that he has won nine Big East titles with the Orange as well as a national championship—he gets angry. It's best not to feed that anger by asking him dumb questions during news conferences.
Boeheim already has a reputation for acting like his team is being picked on, even if the Orange were being investigated for very good reason. But he truly had his own Jim Calhoun moment earlier this year, and ESPN college basketball guru Andy Katz was the victim.
What we learned was that if you try to mess with him, he will make you pay. He will embarrass you in front of the whole world. He will make sure everyone knows that you are not to be trusted.
Earlier this season, Katz tried to ask Boeheim a question during a postgame press conference. Later, we learned that Boeheim refused to answer because the season prior, Katz had allegedly tried to get him to talk about the Bernie Fine scandal on camera and kept pushing him to a point that was unacceptable.
But at the time, it was hilarious to see Boeheim call Katz "an idiot" and "a disloyal person," seemingly apropos of nothing.