Thursday, March 16, 2006

Why Packer must go

Billy Packer has been CBS' lead analyst on college basketball for about 25 years. I think he's aloof and elitist. However, he said something with respect to the pointed questions he and Jim Nantz directed at NCAA Tourney chair Craig Littlepage that was astounding and snobbish. He said, "My charge in life is not to know all 334 Division I teams, ... If someone said, Packer, that's your job, that's one thing. But I'm not one of those guys who sounds smart because he can spout off the names of every coach."

This is revealing because it shows that he doesn't pay that much attention to the teams outside the power 6 (Big East Big 10, ACC, SEC, Big 12 and Pac-10). He was "surprised" because the Missouri Valley had as many teams as the Holy ACC (4). It is obvious to me that he is out of touch with today's college basketball climate. It's no longer just teams from those six conferences who are good, The Valley and a few other conferences are good. The Valley got more teams than the WAC, MWC and Atlantic 10.

He's like Dan Rather or Mike Wallace, a relic from a simpler media age.

ESPN Broadcasts a ton of college basketball between their three channels (ESPN, ESPN2 & ESPNU). Packer does maybe 10-15 games a year on CBS.

Time for him and Nantz to go.


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