Update With Video: Jim Boeheim Just Called Andy Katz An “Idiot” And A “Disloyal Person”

Syracuse just lost to UConn in Hartford, 66-58, and Jim Boeheim is understandably not in a good mood. But during his press conference, things boiled over a little bit, seemingly out of nowhere.

Boeheim called ESPN senior writer Andy Katz an “idiot” and told him he was a “disloyal person”. It seems like there’s something we’re missing here – maybe there is some history between the two that we’re unaware of.

Update: Pure speculation here, but Andy Katz wrote a long piece last season on the culture at Syracuse – it was during the Bernie Fine fiasco. Perhaps Boeheim wasn’t a fan – is it possible they haven’t crossed paths since?

Update 2: Larry Brown Sports speculates the animosity could be from Katz’ reporting of the James Southerland academic situation. 

Update 3: Here is the audio, courtesy of WAER Sports.

Update 4: We now have video, via The New Haven Register:

Update 5: Jim Boeheim has talked to Syracuse.com today and detailed the bad history between Andy Katz and himself:

“It’s really simple. I went to New York last year to play in the (NIT Pre-Season Tip-Off) Tournament in November and he (Katz) asked if he could interview me about the tournament. And I said, ‘Yeah, but I can’t talk about the (Bernie Fine) investigation. We got in the room and he put me on camera — there were several witnesses there — and he asked me what I’d told him I couldn’t answer. I kept telling him, ‘I can’t answer that.’ And he asked me, like, 10 times on camera. He never took the camera off me. Two or three people in the room were so disgusted they walked out of the room. The producer came over and apologized afterward. And I told Katz right then and there, ‘Don’t talk to me. Do not try to talk to me again.” ~ Jim Boeheim

You can see the entirety of Boeheim’s response here.

And here’s the Twitter version of Boeheim’s anger towards Katz:

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