I had the privilege of covering last week’s Big East Tournament for CBS Local, which was a thrill. I watched the games, attended the press conferences, and scored several of the one-on-one interviews you’ve come to expect here at andrewjkahn.com.
I wrote a feature on the tournament, focusing on how it won’t be the same going forward. It’s hard not to look at the demise of the Big East through orange-tinted glasses—Louisville’s or Notre Dame’s departures alone wouldn’t kill this conference; Syracuse’s does. I’m not suggesting Syracuse deserves any additional blame, but clearly that is the fan base affected the most. At Friday’s semifinal games, at least 80 percent of Madison Square Garden was in orange. SU-Duke and SU-Carolina should be fun, as James Southerland told me, but I’m looking forward to the day when the four or five superconferences are finalized and this national game of musical chairs comes to an end.
I wrote two other stories for CBS: one on Louisville guard Russ Smith and his relationship with legendary high school coach Jack Curran, who passed away last Thursday, and another on Marquette coach Buzz Williams, who did not play in college.
As always, I welcome feedback and story ideas. Thanks for reading. Enjoy the Madness.