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'01 Syracuse Grad Catalon remains on the rise at CBS

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Andrew Catalon made the bold move in July of leaving the security of his WNYT (NBC-13) sports anchor job, which he held for 91/2 years, to move into play-by-play broadcasting full-time. His duties with the CBS Sports Network, along with a side trip to Sochi, Russia, for the Winter Olympics, has kept him moving more than any Newschannel 13 duties ever did. Catalon, who still lives in Albany, adds another high-profile assignment this week as he calls NCAA Basketball Tournament games Friday and Sunday in San Diego for CBS and the Turner Sports group. New York Andrew Catalon made the bold move in July of leaving the security of his WNYT (NBC-13) sports anchor job, which he held for 91/2 years, to move into play-by-play broadcasting full-time. His duties with the CBS Sports Network, along with a side trip to Sochi, Russia, for the Winter Olympics, has kept him moving more than any Newschannel 13 duties ever did. Catalon, who still lives in Albany, adds another high-profile assignment this week as he calls NCAA Basketball Tournament games Friday and Sunday in San Diego for CBS and the Turner Sports group. "It's crazy to think that eight months ago that I still worked there," said Catalon, a New Jersey native who is married to Jessica Layton, a news anchor at the station. "It feels like I've been away for almost five years, the way these last eight months have gone. I loved my time at NYT, but the last eight months was more than I could have asked for." Among his roles since signing a two-year contract in August: Host of "PGA Championship Clubhouse Report" on CBSSN. Arena Football League championship game on CBS (broadcast network). Lead voice for CBSSN college football, including the Mountain West Conference title game for CBS. Play-by-play for three late-season NFL games on CBS. Curling play-by-play in the Winter Olympics for the NBC Sports Group. Lead voice for college basketball, including the Mountain West Conference title game for CBS. "There's room for him to keep moving up," CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said last week at an NCAA media seminar. "He's going to do some college football for us. He's going to do some NFL football for us this coming season, and obviously some college basketball. He has a bright future." Since his return from the Olympics, which was taxing enough, Catalon has been gathering frequent-flier miles as he bounces around the country covering college basketball. One of his biggest career tasks comes Friday, when he and Mike Gminski, the former Duke center who has been a basketball analyst for 18 years, work four second-round telecasts in a 10-hour window. "I asked people the first time I did it," said Gminski, who called his first NCAA Tournament in 2004, "and they said, 'I really can't explain it to you. It's something you have to go through.' You have to find your pacing and find your voice." Catalon, a 2001 Syracuse graduate, and Gminski got to work one regular-season game together, a March 8 telecast for CBS in which Oregon upset third-ranked Arizona. "I'm impressed with his professionalism, how he was prepared," Gminski said. "I worked with Tim Brando for 10 years and still do work with him down in the ACC, and Andrew's a completely different style from Tim. I've worked with guys like him. It's going to be a great partnership." "He's very easy to work with," Catalon said. "We were on the same page." Catalon, 34, will find himself with many analysts in the near future. He will rotate with Ari Wolfe, a former broadcaster for the Albany Firebirds and Albany-Colonie Diamond Dogs, on Arena football play-by-play for CBSSN. He returns to Augusta next month to work the Masters "Featured Group" channel and also will be host of "Masters On The Range" on CBSSN. "He's a great member of the crew, gets along with everyone," said CBS Sports president David Berson, who oversees the CBS Sports Network. "He puts the time in and truly treats it like what you want out of a play-by-play guy, just serving as a point guard and getting the most out of an analyst and making the whole team better." Berson said he is pleased that Catalon has parlayed his CBSSN duties into bigger assignments. Catalon's history with the CBS "family" goes back to 2010, when he did play-by-play on the network's 3D telecasts of the U.S. Open tennis championships. "I met people then, worked with producers, and now I'm working with all these same people again at CBS and CBS Sports Network," Catalon said. "The familiarity that I've had with these people and getting to build relationships has really helped." Asked what he likes about Catalon's work, McManus said, "He has a good call, a good sense of humor, plays very well off of the analyst. Most of the play-by-play guys make their analysts better. He's unselfish in terms of not being afraid to let the analyst play a dominant role sometimes. "He's quick, and he's got a pleasant but good play-by-play call. He's earnest. He wants to get better. He works hard. He's always prepared. He's got all of the qualifications that you want in an up-and-coming future star." Pete Dougherty is the Times Union's sports TV/radio columnist • pdougherty@timesunion.com • 518-454-5416 • @Pete_Dougherty

ACC Tournament coming to Brooklyn, NY

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The ACC desires a two-year agreement that could start as early as 2017, the next uncommitted year for the ACC Tournament. (The ACC plays in Greensboro in 2015 and in Washington DC in 2016). The looming issue with playing at the Barclays Center in 2017 is the Atlantic 10 Tournament, as 2017 is the final installment of the A-10's five-year agreement with the Barclays Center. The details of how the ACC and A-10 will navigate that have not been finalized and are expected to be discussed in the Atlantic 10's presidents and athletic directors meetings on Friday morning. The ACC's move to New York has been viewed within the conference as inevitable, as it's expected that the league will rotate through New York and North Carolina locations after 2017. (Maryland's departure to the Big Ten makes Washington DC a less natural place to hold the tournament.) The ACC has no chance to move to Madison Square Garden in the immediate future, as MSG has a deal signed with the Big East through 2026. Multiple sources described that contract as "air tight." A source with direct knowledge of the contract said that Joseph M. Leccese, the Big East's lawyer with prominent firm Proskauer Rose, spent an inordinate amount of time making sure that MSG couldn't get out of the deal with the Big East. (The Garden is considered the Big East's best asset.)

Experts not sour on Orange

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An article in the Albany Times Union by the staff Media columnist, who was at the CBS-TBS NCAA media day in NYC yesterday. Here's a pro-Orange quote from Seth Davis: "People have been too quick to swing the pendulum away from Syracuse because of this little speed bump," studio analyst Seth Davis said. "Let's see what they do at the ACC Tournament. I still think they're a Final Four team."

Dave Bing will represent Syracuse in the 2014 ACC Legends Class at the ACC Tournament

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GREENSBORO, N.C.—One of the most successful coaches in Atlantic Coast Conference history, a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, a former ACC Athlete of the Year and a former ACC Basketball Player of the Year history headline the 2014 ACC Men’s Basketball Legends Class announced Wednesday by Commissioner John Swofford. Leading the way is former Syracuse sharpshooting guard Dave Bing (Washington, D.C.), who was a consensus All-America for the Orange and a seven-time NBA All-Star while earning selection to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Bing (1962-66) is one of the most explosive offensive players in Syracuse and NBA history. The quintessential lead guard, he led Syracuse in scoring in each of his three varsity seasons. He averaged 22.2 points per game as a sophomore in 1964, 23.2 points as a junior in 1965 and 28.4 points as a senior in 1966. In his final season, he ranked fifth in the nation in scoring and became Syracuse’ first consensus All-America in basketball in 39 years. With freshmen not eligible for varsity competition, he played just three seasons but still ranks ninth on Syracuse’ career scoring list with 1,883 points. He averaged 24.8 points per game for his career. A former roommate and teammate of current Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim, he joined with Jimmy Walker to give Syracuse one of the most, if not the most, potent backcourts in the nation. He helped lead the Orange to a 52-24 record, one appearance in the NIT and one in the NCAA Tournament. Bing was the second person selected in the 1966 NBA Draft. Chosen by the Detroit Pistons, he went on to play 12 years in the NBA, the first nine with Detroit. He was a seven-time NBA All-Star and the MVP of the 1976 All-Star Game. He finished his professional career having scored 18,327 points, averaging 20.3 points per game. Named to the NBA’s 50th Anniversary Team, he twice was named to the All-NBA First Team and led the league in scoring in 1968. His jersey, No. 21, was retired by the Pistons. In 1977, he was presented by the NBA with the prestigious J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for his community service. He finished his NBA career with short stints with Washington and the Boston Celtics. He was enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1990. After retirement from basketball, he started his own successful company, Bing Steel which transformed to the Bing Group, a conglomerate headquartered in Detroit. In 2009, he was presented with the National Civil Rights Museum Sports Legacy Award. Also that year, he was elected mayor of Detroit and served in that capacity until this past December. Originally a native of Washington, D.C., he resides in Detroit. The Legends will be honored at this year’s ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament in Greensboro at the annual ACC Basketball Legends Brunch, which will be held on Saturday, March 15, beginning at 10 a.m. in the Guilford Ballroom of the Sheraton Four Seasons Hotel. The event will include a short autograph session with the Legends at the conclusion of the Brunch. Tickets for the ACC Men’s Basketball Legends Brunch are priced at $35 each, and tables of 10 are available for $350 each. Information on purchasing tickets may be obtained at the official ACC website—http://theacc.co/MBB14legendstix

Tyler Ennis makes dream a reality

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Far from here, light years from the cool, calm and seemingly unflappable Tyler Ennis seen on the basketball court these days, there's another Tyler. He's five years old, a Tyler who runs in front of video cameras and hams it up in homemade videos. He pretends he's a pseudo-news reporter, covering the happenings of the household. This is Tyler TV, and I'm reporting from a birthday. This is Tyler TV, and I'm talking to Dylan Ennis. This is Tyler TV here in the kitchen, and this is what we're having for dinner. Read the entire story via the link.

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Where to watch the Virginia game in Scottsdale, AZ?

I'm visiting family in Scottsdale and would like to find a SU friendly establishment to watch Saturday's game against Virginia. The "Old Town" Scottsdale area seems to have a lot of bars. We are...

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Wednesday's game at Wake Forest is on MSG+

The January 29, 2014 basketball game vs. Wake Forest at 9PM is listed on SUAthletics.com as being shown on the ACC Regional Sports Network. Typically, that means it will be available online only,...

20 Dumbest Professional Athletes of All Time

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#10 Fab Melo Fab Melo missed the 2012 NCAA tournament for Syracuse due to academic ineligibility, and claimed he was failing because he didn't understand English. After he got drafted by the Boston Celtics, he gave himself a concussion walking into a door frame. Maybe he couldn’t read a sign that told him to duck. http://www.rantsports.com/clubhouse/2013/09/30/15-dumbest-professional-athletes-of-all-time-2/

SU alumnus raises money to send 400 kids to Texas Bowl

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A story in the Daily Orange about TNIAAM's fundraising to send some underprivileged kids from Houston to the Texas Bowl.

ESPN3 Only? Not So Fast...

Just because they tell us the Syracuse game is on ESPN3 only, that's not necessarily true...

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Tyler Ennis has a brother that plays for Villanova

I don't remember reading this on TNIAAM and I even searched before posting this and found nothing. My brother is a 'nova grad and mentioned that they had a player who has a brother on the SU team. ...

USA Today: Active D1 coaches w/20 win seasons

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On the lower left corner of the USA Today sports section front page, Thursday, November 7, 2013

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MCW's 1st NBA game vs. Miami Heat

Time Warner is giving a free preview of the NBA League Pass, so I convinced my bride to watch the start of MCW's first NBA game as a Sixer vs. defending NBA champs Miami Heat. The Heat won the...

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UNC & Dook pre-sale tix: no good seats available

I went to Ticketmaster through the SU Alum presale link today. The sale started at 3:00PM and I was logged in and ready at 2:59PM. The "best available" seats for either the UNC or Dook game...

Georgetown women's basketball coaches under investigation

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Administrative leave for unprofessional conduct and inappropriate language.

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Syracuse ranks #5 as nation's top party schools revealed

From the NY Post: Syracuse ranks #5 as nation's top party schools revealed From ASSOCIATED PRESS Last Updated: 2:31 PM, August 5, 2013 Posted: 2:29 PM, August 5, 2013 A new poll out...

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2013 5 Star recruit Jermaine Lawrence has SU in his final four

Another 5 Star recruit considering SU...do we have an available scholarship? From http://www.cityleaguehoops.net/2012/12/06/jermaine-lawrence-is-ready-to-decide/ Every year there’s a player...

Trevor Cooney vs. Lebron James Lebron wins... That is Trevor pictured in a full page photo in...

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Trevor Cooney vs. Lebron James Lebron wins... That is Trevor pictured in a full page photo in this week's Sports Illustrated, correct?

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Tim Higgins will not work another Syracuse University basketball game

While clicking on the Syracuse Daily Links and reading Titus' Top 12 NCAA Power Rankings, I stumbled onto this story at the bottom: The Retiring Referee of the Week Tim Higgins — not to be...

Brandon Triche wasn't the only SU player with their photo in Sports Illustrated this week, Baye...

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Brandon Triche wasn't the only SU player with their photo in Sports Illustrated this week, Baye Moussaka Keita got in, too.

USC game Groupon deal I received the email from Groupon...

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USC game Groupon deal I received the email from Groupon today. http://www.groupon.com/deals/gl-at-metlife-stadium-2 Expires Sep 8, 2012 Limit 8 per person. Valid only for option purchased. G-Pass not redeemable with mobile app. Use for admission at MetLife Stadium on 9/8 at 3:30PM. Must show valid ID matching name on Groupon. Must provide first and last name upon purchase, which Groupon will provide to facilitate redemption. Refundable only on day of purchase. Must purchase together to sit together. Discount reflects Ticketmaster's current ticket prices - price may differ on day of event. Football teams are constantly finding new ways to outwit their opponents, from adopting a West Coast offense to hiring a head coach. See which play they call next with this GrouponLive deal to see New York's College Classic—a game between the Syracuse Orange and USC Trojans at MetLife Stadium on Saturday, September 8, at 3:30 p.m. Because the ticket is a G-Pass, Groupon customers can use it to enter the venue directly; they will not need to redeem their Groupon at will call. Gates open one hour before kickoff. Choose between the following options: For $42, you get one G-Pass for lower-level end-zone seating in section 128 (up to an $85.20 value, including fees). For $52, you get one G-Pass for lower-level sideline seating in section 118 (up to a $105.60 value, including fees). Venturing outside their respective home fields of the Carrier Dome and Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the Syracuse Orange and USC Trojans meet on neutral ground, MetLife Stadium, for a rematch of last year's 38–17 USC victory on the West Coast. The Orange rally behind head coach Doug Marrone, the offensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints during their ascendant 2006 season. He brings the same offensive knowhow he brought to Drew Brees in '06 to current Syracuse starting QB Ryan Nassib, who last year set the school's single-season records in completions and yards and found the end zone 22 times without even once passing the ball to a golden retriever. On the other side of the line of scrimmage, QB Matt Barkley leads the No. 1–ranked Trojans into battle hoping to secure the Heisman Trophy at year's end. Home to the NFL's New York teams, MetLife Stadium brings the game to life with grandeur unlike anything on either college's home turf. In the corners of the arena, four 30'x118' HD video screens broadcast hard hits and long completions at titanic size, and more than 2,100 HD monitors relay the on-field action throughout the stadium, ensuring fans won't miss a moment of action while grabbing concessions or asking a mascot for fashion tips.

Doug Gottlieb's latest anti-Syracuse rant on why 31-1 isn't really that good. North Carolina is...

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Doug Gottlieb's latest anti-Syracuse rant on why 31-1 isn't really that good. North Carolina is better.

Panoramic view of the Carrier Dome crowd on March 3, 2012. Senior Day vs. Louisville with 33,205...

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Panoramic view of the Carrier Dome crowd on March 3, 2012. Senior Day vs. Louisville with 33,205 people attending, the 5th largest crowd ever to see basketball in the Dome. Photo was taken from Section 122. Syracuse won 58-49 to capture their 30th win and the regular season Big East Championship. Full image at: http://i450.photobucket.com/albums/qq226/AlbanyHDTV/DSC01175.jpg

Seth Davis posted an article at SI.com where coaches commented on Other team's weaknesses. Here's...

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Seth Davis posted an article at SI.com where coaches commented on Other team's weaknesses. Here's what two anonymous Big East coaches said about us: Syracuse: The team's Achilles' heel is defensive rebounding because Rakim Christmas and Fab Melo don't rebound out of their area very well. They don't go get it like Arinze Onuaku. Also, as soon as a shot goes up, their guards are at half-court because they want to run, so they're not getting in there to help on the boards. If they get a wrong matchup where a team has three perimeter shooters and someone who can play in the high post, they could get beat. A lot of those mid-major teams play like that. Scoop Jardine isn't their most talented player, but he's their most important. The reason they win so many close games is because of his poise and composure. Dion Waiters really wants to get to the basket, so you have to make him take a contested jump shot, even though he can hit it. Teams that are very organized offensively and have a high basketball IQ would give them trouble. Teams like Butler the last couple of years, or Notre Dame this year. Georgetown is another perfect example. Wisconsin-Syracuse would be a very interesting battle.

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Does James Southerland moonlight on Showtime's Californication? There is a rapper named Apocalypse...

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Does James Southerland moonlight on Showtime's Californication? There is a rapper named Apocalypse on the show that hires Hank Moody to write a script for him. The rapper is actually Wu Tang Clan member RZA, but I think there is a resemblence to JSouth.

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What does an SU alumnus have to do to get NCAA tickets to Boston and/or New Orleans at face value?

While I'm not a season ticket holder, I do make an annual trek back to the Dome to see a hoops game. This year, I'll be at the Lousiville game on March 3rd. I still keep in touch with my...

Does SNY know something we don't? Fab Melo expected to play Saturday? Came across this while...

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Does SNY know something we don't? Fab Melo expected to play Saturday? Came across this while flipping through the Marquette - Seton Hall game tonight.

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1996-1997 Basketball Coaching Staff and "Wife 2"

In Bobby Davis' affidavit, he states: In 1996 and/or 1997, I was asked by Laurie Fine on a number of occasions to drive her to the Skytop Apartments. On many occasions, Laurie Fine would meet...

Uconn wears Nike Elite Platinum uniforms and loses to Notre Dame. Coincidence?

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Uconn wears Nike Elite Platinum uniforms and loses to Notre Dame.  Coincidence?

Six weeks at No. 1 and not a peep about SU in Sports Illustrated...and then I open up the most...

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Six weeks at No. 1 and not a peep about SU in Sports Illustrated...and then I open up the most recent edition to find this.

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