Phoggy: 2 Jayhawks Suspended for One on One?

Monday morning the University of Kansas announced the “indefinite” suspensions of men’s basketball player Tyshawn Taylor and women’s basketball player Marisha Brown in separate press releases sent out to the media less than an hour apart.

Tyshawn Taylor and Marisha Brown suspended 49 minutes apart

Of Taylor’s suspension, Kansas men’s Coach Bill Self said in an official KU statement:

“Although we are disappointed in Tyshawn, he will remain a member of our team and practice with our team until he is reinstated for competition.”

Of Brown’s suspension, Kansas women’s coach Bonnie Henrickson said in an official KU statement:

“Marisha will remain a member of our team and continue to practice until she is reinstated for competition, however, we are very disappointed in her.”

Is the Kansas athletic department, and Self and Henrickson, trying to tell us something?

Later Monday night, ESPN’s Holly Rowe reported what Taylor told her about the suspension. Read more…

Franklin ‘High Road’ Is Considerably Less Traveled

On Jan. 6, two days after he was fired by ESPN for making obscene, degrading remarks to ESPN colleague Jeannine Edwards - and then failing to apologize for his admitted indiscretion by ESPN request - Ron Franklin wrote in an email to Richard Sandomir of the NEW YORK TIMES, “I just want this thing to end so we can have our lives back.

Ron Franklin's High Road

(Franklin Austin lawsuit same day as ESPN-TX announcement: Coincidence?)

Franklin’s Jan. 6 lament to the newspaper followed a public apology on Jan. 3 - made through ESPN - in which he admitted, “I said some things I shouldn’t have, and I’m sorry. I deserved to be taken off the Fiesta Bowl.” (Franklin never personally apologized to Edwards, which contributed to his firing.)

Yesterday on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, ESPN and Texas school officials announced a groundbreaking partnership that creates a sports network expressly designed to carry Univ. of Texas sports programming.

On the same day, less than a mile away at the Travis County Courthouse, the attorney for Austin resident and former Texas football and basketball announcer Ron Franklin filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against ESPN on the announcer’s behalf.

Franklin’s lawsuit filing subsequently caused at least one outlet, the New York Times, to juxtapose ESPN’s big announcement about the Texas Network right next to the news of Franklin suing the very same sports network.

Ron Franklin story next to ESPN Texas story in NY Times

(NYT: ESPN-Texas announcement next to Franklin-ESPN lawsuit)

It’s common knowledge at ESPN that Franklin had viewed the ESPN-Texas television endeavor as a possible part of his own, personal active retirement. But thanks to his ouster at the network, not even Franklin’s staunchest allies at the Univ. of Texas were willing to jeopardize the $300 million dollar deal by demanding that the former venerable voice of the Longhorns be included on ESPN Texas Network sports broadcasts.

But why would someone who still makes his home in Austin and was the former sports voice of the Univ. of Texas file a lawsuit against ESPN at a courthouse less than a mile away from campus on the exact day the school proudly announced a landmark broadcasting agreement with the same company?

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Ron Franklin Flew To Phoenix To Lobby For Job

After ESPN announcer Ron Franklin called ESPN broadcasting colleague Jeannine Edwardssweet baby” and “a–hole during a verbal exchange before the Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta last Friday, ESPN management informed Franklin that he would not be working the Fiesta Bowl radio broadcast in Arizona the next night as previously scheduled. (Edwards, who was not the person to report the incident to ESPN officials, was scheduled to work the Fiesta Bowl as well.)

Ed Cunningham and Ron Franklin

(Franklin with former partner Ed Cunningham)

Surprisingly though, Franklin caught a flight to Phoenix anyway.
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Ron Franklin Fired By ESPN; He Never Apologized

ESPN announced Tuesday afternoon that veteran announcer Ron Franklin has been terminated by the company.

Jeannine Edwards Ron Franklin

ESPN released the following short statement on Franklin’s firing: “Based on what occurred last Friday, we have ended our relationship with him.

As reported here on Sunday, Franklin made insulting comments to ESPN sideline reporter Jeannine Edwards last Friday that included calling her an “a–hole” and, as later clarified by Edwards, “sweet baby.” Read more…

Edwards Confirms Franklin Called Her An ‘A–hole’

In an email to USA TODAY reporter Michael McCarthy, ESPN sideline reporter Jeannine Edwards confirmed today that ESPN colleague Ron Franklin called her an “a–hole” during a production meeting before the ESPN Chick-fil-A Bowl telecast last Friday.

Jeannine Edwards Ron Franklin

From USA TODAY:

The trouble started, she said, during a production meeting before Friday’s Chick Fil-A Bowl that was also attended by ESPN announcers Rod Gilmore and Ed Cunningham.

Edwards says she was talking with Gilmore about his wife being elected mayor of Alameda, California. After a few minutes, she said Franklin joined in the conversation and said, “Listen to me sweet baby, let me tell you something . . . ” with a condescending tone.

Edwards says she told Franklin not to address her like that. To which Franklin said, according to Edwards: “OK, then listen to me a-hole.”

She says she told Franklin she didn’t appreciate his attitude — and asked why he was stooping to such levels.

In her email to McCarthy, Edwards also noted that a unnamed colleague reported Franklin’s comments to ESPN management. Read more…

Franklin To Female ESPNer: ‘Sweetcakes’, ‘A–hole’

Longtime ESPN announcer Ron Franklin was pulled off ESPN’s Saturday Fiesta Bowl radio broadcast by ESPN executives after an incident involving the veteran broadcaster and ESPN-TV sideline reporter Jeannine Edwards.

Scheduled to work on the ESPN-TV broadcast of the Chick-fil-A Bowl Friday, Franklin and Edwards were part of a production meeting before the game that was also attended by ESPN announcers Ed Cunningham and Rod Gilmore. During the meeting, the subject of Gilmore’s wife Marie being elected Alameda (CA) mayor came up.

As Gilmore, Cunningham and Franklin discussed the subject, Edwards tried to join the conversation.

When she did, Franklin said to her, “Why don’t you leave this to the boys, sweetcakes.”

Edwards responded to Franklin by saying, “don’t call me sweetcakes, I don’t like being talked to like that.

Franklin then said, “okay then, a–hole.

After the meeting Edwards reported Franklin’s comments to ESPN management. Read more…

TTU Massively Exaggerates Tuberville Fundraising

During the September 5 ESPN football broadcast between SMU and Texas Tech, ESPN sideline reporter Holly Rowe reported on-air that new Red Raider football coach Tommy Tuberville had already made an enormous impact in his fundraising for the school.

Holly Rowe Reports Tuberville Raised $25 Million For Texas Tech

(*Judge Smails Voice* “IT WAS AN HONEST MISTAKE!”)

With information reportedly obtained from Texas Tech, Rowe claimed that the coach who most recently replaced Mike Leach had already raked in tens of millions in donations for the school.

Rowe’s report seemed to indicate that Texas Tech fans were finally getting over the wildly unpopular departure of Leach which TTU’s own attorneys have stated in public documents was necessary because of legal threats against the school by ESPN college football announcer Craig James.

If only ESPN’s report of Tuberville’s fundraising efforts were true. Or even close.

Here’s the entire exchange on the ESPN telecast on September 5 between Rowe and ESPN announcers Mark Jones and Bob Davie: Read more…

Some Sports Anchors Don’t Mind Being Eye Candy

William Houston of the TORONTO GLOBE & MAIL has yet another piece on the so-called persecution endured by female sportscasters in sports blogdome. Yes, we get the obligatory out-of-context, anonymous blog comment references and 49-year-old Andrea Kremer saying that blog coverage of women in the TV sports media is “frightening” and that, “the vitriol that is spewed out is unbelievable.” (Andrea, 1998 called, they want their line of complaints back.)

Nikki Reyes The Score

(Canadian sports media hottie calls her appearance “a fact of television”)

But leave it to Canada to have the right approach when it comes women in a sports media setting. Take for instance, the lovely, amply-blessed Nikki Reyes, who hosts a show for the Canadian Sports Network “The Score”. (and video after the jump)

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