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Jim Boeheim upset with Andy Katz over Bernie Fine issue

Jim BoeheimJim Boeheim went off on Andy Katz following Syracuse’s loss to UConn Wednesday, calling the ESPN reporter an “idiot” and “disloyal person” while refusing to answer his question at a postgame press conference.

The verbal assault towards Katz seemed unnecessary, excessive, and unprompted. As of Wednesday evening, the reason for Boeheim’s attack was not known, but there was plenty of speculation. We thought Katz may have irked Boeheim by reporting something about James Southerland that was off the record. We also threw out the possibility that Boeheim was upset with Katz over a 2011 article that was critical of the Syracuse program in relation to the Bernie Fine situation. It sounds like neither theory explained why Boeheim was upset with Katz.

Boeheim told The Syracuse Post-Standard that he is still upset with Katz over a Nov. 2011 interview.

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Jim Boeheim calls Andy Katz an ‘idiot’ and ‘disloyal’ person

Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim went off on ESPN college basketball writer Andy Katz following his team’s 66-58 loss at UConn Wednesday.

Katz asked about the UConn-Syracuse rivalry and received a verbal assault in response.

“I’ll answer anybody’s question but yours because you’re an idiot and a disloyal person,” Boeheim shot at Katz.

“There are a few other things I could add but I’m not going to go there.”

It’s unclear why Boeheim went after Katz, but there are some ideas floating around.

WAER believes Boeheim may have been upset with Katz over his reporting on the James Southerland situation. Southerland is a senior forward who missed six games after being declared academically ineligible. He was cleared to return to action on Sunday after being suspended mid-January.

Katz wrote this regarding the Southerland situation on Jan. 14:

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Andy Katz says Jared Sullinger has an interesting condition (Video)

If only I were so lucky. No wonder Jared Sullinger’s draft stock plummeted faster than Adam Sandler’s movie career and the Celtics were able to grab him late in the first round. He’s been packing too much heat to play effectively. It makes perfect sense now that he has back issues. Anybody would after years of carrying that extra weight around. I can’t imagine how difficult it is for him to play basketball with not one, but multiple dwarfs having fist fights for space in between his legs.

Obviously this is a slip of the tongue by Andy Katz, but that still doesn’t take away the fact that you now have the image of a couple of dwarfs fighting attached to Jared Sullinger’s crotch. On a side note, this easily has to be one of the best screw-ups we’ve ever featured on the site — and we’ve had some good ones.