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Richard Deitsch
March 31, 2003
Graphic Omission, Airwave Airhead, Debating Dick
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March 31, 2003

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Graphic Omission, Airwave Airhead, Debating Dick

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? ESPN needs to upgrade its coverage of the NCAA women's hoops tournament to include a real-time scoreboard of other live games, as CBS does for the men. Two games last Saturday, Old Dominion versus Boston College ( ESPN) and Georgia Tech versus Virginia Tech ( ESPN2), featured winning shots within minutes of each another, but a viewer needed two TVs (or a fast clicker) to get in-progress updates from both games. Though ESPN did go to studio highlights on each channel, the Scoreboard's absence deprived fans of breaking news.

?Talk about getting into the game. Chuck Machock, the color commentator on University of Cincinnati radio 700 WLW-AM, was ejected from press row during Gonzaga's first-round win over Cincinnati. Machock, 65, had berated referee Mike Kitts for tossing Bearcats coach Bob Huggins. Kitts said Machock—a former coach who was once on Huggins's staff at Cincinnati—used profanity. Machock denies that, but regardless, he flushed any claim of professionalism when he took off his headphones during a live broadcast to take on a ref. The station and Cincinnati athletic director Bob Goin haven't yet disciplined Machock. They should.

? CBS's Billy Packer and ESPN's Dick Vitale have long differed on subjects such as how the NCAA doles out tournament bids, whether players should be paid and, most recently, LeBron James. So why not pit the two in a Bill Clinton- Bob Dole style debate? Packer says he'd do it if the discussion lasts at least 30 minutes "so we could tackle subjects in depth." But Vitale won't bite. "I'm not interested in battling people," he tells SI. "I'm not running for office. I have fun doing the game, and that's all I want to do."