Around the Hall: Fish interview, Penn St. search, more

  • 05/31/2011 10:06 pm in

Around the Hall is recommended reading from the Inside the Hall crew. So go ahead, get your read on (or in some cases, listen on).

The author of last week’s investigative pieces on the A-HOPE program, Mike Fish of ESPN.com, did an interview with our friend JMV of 1070 the Fan. The interview, however, never aired as JMV explained to me via Twitter: “I didn’t air it Alex. Straight to podcast. Kinda like Roadhouse 2.” The 14-minute conversation, which includes Fish telling JMV that Baylor had nothing to do with the story, is available in the embedded player below:

[audio:http://media.1070thefan.com/Podcasts/1632/052711_fish.MP3]

John Gasaway examines Indiana (premium link) as part of ESPN.com’s look at teams that finished last in their conference a season ago. The three talking points: 1. The mess that Kelvin Sampson left behind was unfortunate … but not unprecedented. 2. The Hoosiers have to start winning in February and March. 3. Indiana must stop fouling.

The Penn State coaching search continues along and the Nittany Lions interviewed Duquesne coach Ron Everhart on Tuesday. AD Tim Curley plans to name a replacement for Ed DeChellis “very soon.” The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette mentions Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Rob Jeter, Boston’s Pat Chambers, Tulsa’s Doug Wojcik, former Bucknell coach Pat Flannery, Syracuse assistant Mike Hopkins and Arizona State assistant Scott Pera as other possibilities.

James Blackmon Sr. explains his decision to return to Ft. Wayne Luers after accepting the coaching position at Marion, where he played in high school, a few weeks ago.

Kyle Neddenriep of The Indianapolis Star has some visit news for two 2013 prospects on the IU radar: V.J. Beachem will go to Michigan State this weekend and Michigan State’s Elite camp the following week. And Zak Irvin will visit Tennessee on his way back from this weekend’s Under Armour camp in Atlanta.

Bob Knight still doesn’t like talking about the interview that took place with Jeremy Schaap almost eleven years ago.

The Big Ten Network is being re-branded as BTN with a new logo and web domain.

Jody Demling of The Louisville Courier-Journal has updates on Gary Harris and Trevon Bluiett.

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  • CutterInChicago

    Wait

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, the world desperately needed Roadhouse 2.  It really ties up a lot of loose ends from the original.  

  • INUnivHoosier

    If 2 more A-HOPE kids and 5 or 6 Indiana Elite kids commit to New Mexico, he might have a point. He is drawing a conclusion based on 1 person working at IU for, what, a year? That is an awful big accusation.

  • Kelin Blab

    Listened to the interview, seemed pretty defensive and conspiratorial. He implied alot by throwing random statements out there and connecting dots that were not even close.  At one point he asked JMV more questions than he was getting asked.  If he expects ANYONE to believe Baylor has nothing to do with this he must be out of his mind.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, the part where he kept asking a series of leading questions, trying to get JMV to agree that IU was going to have problems because of Mike Adams/Drew Adams, despite the fact that Drew Adams played at Iowa and AHOPE and Ind. Elite players went there too, without NCAA problems, really seemed like someone grasping at straws.

    He’s desperately trying to make something be there that isn’t there. That was what the article seemed like, and this interview just emphasizes that attitude.

  • Anonymous

    It seemed to me that Fish had an axe to grind.  Why does IU’s compliance department have to give specific answers to one reporter’s questions regarding the business practices of a non-profit group that is not affiliated with the university?  If the NCAA asked, then they need to answer them, but one reporter?  No. 

    This is a classic example of trying to make the “facts” fit into a predetermined opinion.  He thinks it’s shady, so he is trying to prove he is right instead of viewing the issue impartially.  Did he go to UK?

  • Anonymous

    I thought the loose ends that weren’t tied up were Kelly Lynch’s clothing, and I was fine with them staying untied.

  • Kelin Blab

    Yeah why does IU’s compliance department have to answer his 20 question email. I would have gotten that same email and hit reply with the subject line “Ask Baylor”

  • INUnivHoosier

    I have a question for you…. When Fish admits his story was all related to Hanner Perea, an IU recruit who has not signed a LOI, why would Indiana be crazy enough to answer a 20 question list about Perea? Wouldn’t that be an NCAA violation?

  • Bryan

    I found it amusing that Fish kept reiterating that people have “missed the point of the article.”  No fella, you did a bad job at explaining what your point was.  I have yet to talk to anyone who has read his articles, sidebars, et. al that really came away with much from it that they didn’t take in with them already. 

    The whole thing felt like ESPN said “look, we’re cutting bait on this, print what you have and move on.”  I think Fish is defensive because he knows he doesn’t have a lot of substance behind him.  Reporters always seem to fall back on “interesting question that others have to answer for,” when they, in fact, couldn’t find those answers themselves.

  • I think Roadhouse featured more Swayze nudity than anybody else.

  • Buuuurrrrrnnnn!

  • I think the point of the article is that it’s not a very good article. ZING!

  • MillaRed

    Loved the interview. Fish is officially crapping his pants. I am comfortable saying he realizes he made a mistake. And hopefully his higher does as well.

    “The IU compliance staff would not answer my questions.” Ummm, are you stupid? IU has lawyers just like anyone else. And they are not going to answer sensitive questions by a NOBODY that can be twisted to make your story actually worth reading.

    Fish, this is an epic fail. Had no idea who you were before, but will enjoy watching you squirm.

    Five months? Seriously? Talk about flushing expenses down the toilet.

  • MillaRed

    All five feet three inches of him. I love watching midgets kick butt. And singing love songs.

    “She’s like the wind”

  • Anonymous

    I only read the paragraph I was allowed to read. If ESPN thinks I’m gonna shell out money to read their BS, specially after the Fish article, they are crazy.

  • Anonymous

    OK, after listening to Mike Fish ramble for 15 minutes, he is officially an idiot in my book. My BS meter went off the charts. Lots of implications with no facts. He kept trying to ask questions to the interviewer rather than answer questions. “Isn’t A-HOPE supposed to be about Africans but Perea is from South America?!?” Ah-hah, major crime there!

    Fishy kept saying this is all about Perea… And why? Only Baylor would want to pick on this single kid. In the entire A-HOPE, Indiana Elite, IU, Adams “conspiracy”, why only pick on one kid? Doesn’t make sense. There’s nothing unique about the Perea situation.

    When pressed about what IU has done wrong, he could only say that the son of an Indiana Elite coach got hired at IU. So what? Everyone agrees he was qualified for the job, and recruiting is all about relationships. As Dakich said in his radio show, recruits don’t just fall out of trees and land at your feet, you need to build relationships. Every school does that.

    Fishy repeated several times that IU wouldn’t answer his 20 questions, but not once gave the reason why. Fish said this was all about Perea, but if IU commented on a specific recruit who has not signed a LOI, that would be a MAJOR NCAA violation. IU’s hand are tied, they are not allowed to comment on this. That’s kinda an important fact to leave out when putting up a wall of smoke.

  • Anonymous

    Yes indeed, it would be a violation. That’s something that Fishy conveniently left out. IU can’t comment on a specific recruit who has not signed a LOI. Pretty cut and dry.

  • Gbake

    I’m seriously blown away by how much hatred towards IU Fish’s voice has in it. He seems like a little man, who never played sports, who is on a mission to bring whatever negative light he can towards IU. That ESPN article now has 700 some comments, and even though we’re passionate, no way they’re all from IU fans and a major majority of them are about how dumb the article was. He failed to mentioned that. How ridiculous

  • Chromeburn

    What’s really weird is I just bought Road House on Saturday. (Que creepy music.)

  • Chromeburn

    What’s really weird is I just bought Road House on Saturday. (Que creepy music.)

  • MillaRed

    We have not landed one A-Hope kid that made a difference. Hanner has never stepped on a college court. We are a cellar dwelling program. None of this makes any sense. Are we paying for five banners? The last of which was 1987? Good grief. Move on people.

    And Baylor reeks right now. Really, really reeks.

  • Plane1972

    I gonna miss the B1G logo. We hardly knew ye.

  • Plane1972

    I gonna miss the B1G logo. We hardly knew ye.

  • IU_Fan_99

    Does it really matter that Hanner is from South America and not Africa Mike? Really?? Is that so suspicious?

  • IU_Fan_99

    Does it really matter that Hanner is from South America and not Africa Mike? Really?? Is that so suspicious?

  • IU_Fan_99

    Does it really matter that Hanner is from South America and not Africa Mike? Really?? Is that so suspicious?

  • HoosierDavey

    So is this the first step towards the Big 10 Network moving away from programming B10 things exclusively, kinda like MTV going completely away from music and videos?  Anybody got any great ideas for new BTN programming?

  • HoosierDavey

    So is this the first step towards the Big 10 Network moving away from programming B10 things exclusively, kinda like MTV going completely away from music and videos?  Anybody got any great ideas for new BTN programming?

  • HoosierDavey

    So is this the first step towards the Big 10 Network moving away from programming B10 things exclusively, kinda like MTV going completely away from music and videos?  Anybody got any great ideas for new BTN programming?

  • Anonymous

    Is the logo going away?  I thought the change was just for the network.  Maybe I needed to read more closely.

  • Anonymous

    “Who Wants to Be a Penn St. Basketball Coach”

    “Weber”, where Emmanuel Lewis is replaced by a different little whiner to be adopted by Alex Karras

    “Columbus Ink”

  • Anonymous

    “Minneapolis Vice” (Crockett hasn’t been cast yet, but they already have Tubby)

    “#@!%# Bob Knight Says”

    “Leaders and Legends of the Fall”

    “Ten Things I Hate About Purdue”

  • InTheMtns

    “The Coach’s Office”
    “NCAA Rules of Engagement”
    “CSI: Cheerleading Stunts Investigated”
    “Who Wants to Be a 5-Star Recruit?”
    “Parks and Recreation Major””Thor Plays Football”
    “Under Championship Banners (3-D)”
    “Tyler Perry’s Big Ten Happy Family”
    “The Hangover Part III” (visits a different Big Ten campus each week)
    “The Point Guard with the Dragon Tattoo”

  • oldred1976

    Sounds to me like he (Fish) wasn’t expecting any hard questions. There’s obviously an attitude in his voice. That of a little man facing a large adversary.
       Wait a little longer and Fish will fry in his own sweat. Even the hacks at ESPN ought to gag on this one.
     

  • oldred1976

    Sounds to me like he (Fish) wasn’t expecting any hard questions. There’s obviously an attitude in his voice. That of a little man facing a large adversary.
       Wait a little longer and Fish will fry in his own sweat. Even the hacks at ESPN ought to gag on this one.
     

  • Anonymous

    I asked a close friend of mine, who does not even follow bball or any other sport at any level to read / listen to this stuff and tell me what his opinion as a whole was on it. I respect his opinion on this kind of thing as he very much has a journalistic background and I knew he would tell me exactly what he though about it and not give me the ” well your my friend so I will slant it in your favor a little bit for you ” thing.
    Some of his comments were
    Whoever his editor on this assignment was should at the very least have to answer some hard questions if not be fired.

    If ESPN paid him for this piece of work they got ripped off.

    The work lacked several things in more than one or two ways the biggest one being credible facts to back up his accusations.

    If someone spent 5 months researching this and could not come up with more hard facts than that than it should not have ever gotten past his editor and if the facts were there but for whatever reason they could not be put in the article it should not have ever been put out for public consumption until they could have been included. He also mentioned that if he had enough hard facts to be able to put out a credible article he couldn’t see him getting so defensive in the radio interview. He also said it stood to reason that someone that would write an article as poor as this one, and be OK with it being published, would also probably be stupid enough to give an interview to what amounts to the home town radio station armed with basically no facts to back up what he had written.

    Well you get the picture of what he thought about it let’s say.

    If he thinks people, IU fans as well as nonIU fans, are going to believe that Baylor had nothing at all to do with this all I’ve got to say is

    Hey Mike Fish if you think people will believe that than YOU will have no problem believing THIS, monkeys riding on the backs of pigs are getting ready to fly out of my butt and the monkeys bare a scary resemblance to you.

  • Bryan

    Pimp my Rides, featuring Terrell Pryor?

  • InTheMtns

    You read correctly, Marcus. It is the network logo that’s changing.

  • Casey B.

    “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Year Senior?”
    “Deals or No Deals? – A Closer Look at Terelle Pryor’s Vehicle Purchasing History”
    “Two and a Half Mendenhalls”
    “Hoosier Daddy? – A Maury Povich Special Presentation”
    “I Dream of Creany”

     

  • Casey B.

    “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Year Senior?”
    “Deals or No Deals? – A Closer Look at Terelle Pryor’s Vehicle Purchasing History”
    “Two and a Half Mendenhalls”
    “Hoosier Daddy? – A Maury Povich Special Presentation”
    “I Dream of Creany”

     

  • Soooooo Hanner being threatened w/ deportation is not mutch of a story add on?
    Na, this story dosnt lean and Fishes total disregaurd for anything Bayler screams CHIN NUTS

  • mrhoosierboy

    The Big Ten is thinking about paying the players…Then everybodys gonna want to go to UofI…I mean IU…LOL!!

  • IUeconAlum

    Mike Fish should stick to reporting the northeast, and let the good reporters stick to reporting real basketball in the midwest.

  • Anonymous

    I thought the same thing.  Also liked how he just randomly said that Mark Adams son was working for IU even though it had no relevance to the point he was attempting to make.  Ya think this guy could find out Drew Adams resume and see he was actually well qualified for an entry level job.

  • Anonymous

    Well played, Sir!

  • Anonymous

    ZING!

  • Anonymous

    Why? That’s two hours you’ll waste when you could be here.

  • Anonymous

    Why? That’s two hours you’ll waste when you could be here.

  • Anonymous

    Seriously, what inspired Fish to investigate this?…. “Hmmm, there’s a dead horse over there..i think i’ll go kill it some more.” Will Alex let me call Fish a “touche bag” here? Let’s hope he relaxes the namecalling rule given the circumstances.