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Fired Buffalo coach invites media to his home for press conference (VIDEO)

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Reggie Witherspoon went 197-225 in his 14 seasons as the head coach at Buffalo. But, upon his release, he decided to have a press conference in his home to explain his situation and was pretty candid about his time with the program. He touched on the problem of underfunding, among other things, all from somewhere within his personal living space.

Perhaps it’s one of the less fancy ways we’ve seen a coach go out, but also one of the more unique:

(h/t @MattNorlander)

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Mountain West reaches media rights deal with ESPN

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The Mountain West has reached a deal with ESPN to make the network a television rights holder for conference football and basketball games, the league announced Wednesday.

According to the release, ESPN will now become a part of the deal that keeps CBS Sports as the primary rights holder. The deal runs through the 2019-20 season:

As part of this new agreement, CBS Sports Network and ESPN will alternate game selections (after initial picks by CBSSN) in football and men’s basketball with ESPN controlling the rights to Boise State home football games. CBS Sports Network retains the rights to Bronco road football contests.

“The Mountain West looks forward to rejoining the ESPN networks beginning with our 15th season this fall,” Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson said in a statement. “Coupled with CBS Sports Network, we anticipate tremendous national exposure over several outlets as the league continues its growth and development.”

This basketball season, the Mountain West was one of the most competitive leagues in the country and sent five of its nine teams to the NCAA tournament. The new agreement will televise up to 44 football and 56 basketball games between the networks’ different platforms.  Financial terms of the agreement were not made available.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Watch Michelle Beadle and Hoda Kotb pick an NCAA tournament bracket (VIDEO)

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We’ve seen President Obama pick an NCAA bracket. You can enter your bracket and play against NBCSports.com staff writers in our CBT Pool right here.

But now it’s time to get the host of NBC Sports Network’s “The Crossover” Michelle Beadle involved in the Madness, with a little help from Today Show host Hoda Kotb. How can Regis Philbin, Chris Farley, and different dog breeds help to pick an NCAA tournament winner? Check out the video below:

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Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_