After 20 years on the college basketball beat for the New York Daily News, Dick Weiss recalls the phone call he received last May that he was a casualty to a wave of layoffs. “It was devastating,” he tells Seth Davis. “It took me a month to get over it. I’m still not really over it.”
Weiss, one of only two men to be inducted into both the U.S. Football and U.S. Basketball Writers’ Halls of Fame, opted for reinvention over retirement. The 66-year-old is now covering college basketball for BlueStar Media, a website which tracks basketball around the world. Davis writes that BlueStar is one of several outlets that are employing Weiss these days — including the Daily News, which has hired him on a freelance basis to cover big-ticket events like the BCS Championship and the Final Four.
“I feel like a survivor,” Weiss says. “A lot of people who get out of newspapers disappear, but I’ve been able to reinvent myself.”
He adds, “You’re only as old as you feel. I love this game. I still get goosebumps before the Final Four. When I start losing the passion for it, then it will be time to go.”
A Florida state attorney has decided not to file charges against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston. That clears the way for the Heisman Trophy candidate to finish the season with the top-ranked Seminoles.
Willie Meggs, the state attorney for the Second Judicial Circuit, announced the move during a news conference Thursday at the Leon County Courthouse. Winston had faced felony charges after being accused of sexually assaulting a woman at an off-campus apartment in 2012.
FSU coach Jimbo Fisher was expected to address the media after the Seminoles’ practice on Thursday, but the school indicated that Winston likely will not speak.
“SportsCenter” is known nearly as much for its entertainment value as its news reporting, but ESPN is taking a hard news approach to this afternoon’s announcement on the sexual assault investigation of Florida State QB Jameis Winston. Will Ferrell and David Koechner were scheduled to co-anchor today’s “SportsCenter” as their “Anchorman 2” characters, but the network cancelled the appearance due to the annoucement.
SportsBusinessDaily’s Preston Bounds points out this raises several questions about the use of guest anchors going forward, writing that ESPN Director of Communications DavidScott dismissed the notion that this event in any way has caused ESPN to reconsider the guest anchor effort.
“When the timing is right, when the celebrity has a connection to sports, we will certainly look at those opportunities,” he said. There is no planned schedule for what celebrities will be guest anchors next or even how often they will be brought in, but the program will certainly continue. Scott said viewers have responded well to the effort, “and the ratings prove it.”
Vin Scully’s broadcasting start came at Fordham University, where he played baseball and helped found WFUV, and he remains a loyal fan of the football team and listener of the student broadcasts.
“As happy as I am for the football program,” the 85-year-old Dodgers broadcaster says, “I’m even happier knowing that its success has probably done a lot for the young men and women who work for FUV, which is a marvelous training ground.”
Scully tell Mike Vaccaro, “Not long ago I was talking to a woman whose son is at Fordham,” says Scully, Fordham Prep Class of ’44, Fordham U. Class of ’49. “And she said that following the football team this fall has been some of the most exciting times of her life. And I thought, ‘Imagine that. Imagine little old Fordham doing that for her.’”
Will Ferrell was scheduled to appear as Ron Burgundy on “SportsCenter” today in preparation for his “Anchorman” sequel. However, ESPN has cancelled Ferrell’s stint due to the expected announcement regarding possible charges against Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston.
Florida State Attorney Willie Meggs will announce the state’s decision on whether to bring charges against Florida State quarterback at 2 p.m.
“Ron Burgundy’s scheduled Thurs. appearance on @SportsCenter has been cancelled in light of the potential implications of any news from the State Attorney’s press conference in Fla.,” said ESPN’s director of communications David Scott in a statement on Twitter. “As of this time, there is no reschedule date for Ron Burgundy.”
Alabama’s collapse to Auburn on Saturday, according to former Crimson Tide coach Howard Schnellenberger, was “the greatest thing in the world” to happen to Nick Saban. Schnellenberger, who won three national titles as a member of Paul “Bear” Bryant’s coaching staff, told WDRB’s Rick Bozich that Saban “needed a big serving of humility.”
“He’s been Mr. Perfect. He’s been Mr. Arrogant,” Schnellenberger said. “There’s no reason for that. Every coach all the way down to Little League knows that you cover that field goal.”
State of Play is a documentary film series by HBO Sports chronicling the impact parents can have and the pressures they place on their children who play sports.
Trophy Kids, is the first movie in the series. The film debuts Wednesday at 9 p.m ET on HBO. It follows four California based sports parents and their individual obsessions on developing their children into star athletes.
“It raises the question of how much do we push as parents?” executive producer Peter Berg said. “What should we reasonably expect? Where are the lines?”
Lebron James will co-star in the film Ballers, which is scheduled to start production next summer. (Deadline Hollywood)
Florida State Attorney Willie Meggs will hold a 2 p.m. press conference to announce if Jameis Winston will be charged with sexual battery. (USA TODAY)
Michael Carter-Williams and Victor Oladipo each recorded triple-doubles, marking the first time two rookies did so in the same game in NBA history. (SI.com)