It’s official. March Madness just got a little less fun.
Gus Johnson and CBS have officially parted ways, leaving the NCAA tournament without its most popular play-by-play announcer starting next season. News first leaked of this last week, but CBS still had time to retain Johnson. It chose not to.
He’s now headed to Fox to call NFL and college football games.
Johnson’s popularity stems from his enthusiastic style and emphatic calls – Rise and Fire! – but it’s also one of the reasons why CBS chose not to renew his contract. The N.Y. Daily News reported that his popularity caused friction among the other on-air talents. From the paper:
A CBS source who wanted Johnson – a former (New York) Knick radio voice – back said that not only money, but politics was an issue. The source said some of CBS Sports’ college hoops voices were not thrilled with Johnson’s rise to March Madness’ most popular voice.
Sigh. A few people had to spoil it for the rest of us. Thanks a lot.
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Marshall assistant coach Chris Duhon has been suspended by the university after he was arrested on a charge of aggravateddrunken driving early Monday morning.
Duhon, who is currently in his second season at Marshall, was booked into the Western Regional Jail in Barboursville, West Virginia, at 4:15 a.m. on Monday, according to the Herald-Dispatch.
The athletic department released a statement saying that Duhon had been suspended later on Monday.
Duhon was a member of Duke’s 2001 National Title team. He played for the Blue Devils from 2000-2004 and spent nine years in the NBA with the Bulls, Knicks, Magic and Lakers.
No. 9 North Carolina will be at full strength when they host No. 2 Maryland on Tuesday.
“He’ll play,” head coach Roy Williams said on ESPNU’s college basketball podcast. “Unless something weird happens today in practice. He practiced Friday and Saturday.”
Paige was an NBCSports.com Preseason All-American, but he broke a broke a bone in his right — non-shooting — hand prior to the start of the season. Prior to the 2014-15 season, Paige was picked as the NBCSports.com Preseason Player of the Year, but he had a disappointing year as he spent the majority of last season battling a variety of injuries, from plantar fasciitis to sprained ankles.
He missed the first six games of this season with the hand injury, including UNC’s loss at Northern Iowa last week.