Fifteen years ago this week, Brian broke the biggest story of his career.
As a reporter for The Times Herald in Olean, N.Y. covering St. Bonaventure basketball, Brian was one of the outlets breaking the ongoing news about a player-eligibility scandal with the Bonnies and an ensuing player boycott of two games.
His main competition on that story? Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News.
This week, 15 years after that story broke, Mike and Brian reunite to reminisce about what Mike calls “the weirdest story” of his career. They look back at how the story unfolded, how they reported it, the mistakes they made along the way. They talk about Jamil Terrell, Jan van Breda Kolff, Robert and Kort Wickenheiser and more. They also talk a lot about how sports media has changed in the past 15 years, and how this story would be reported if it happened now. Mike also takes us behind the scenes of the most infamous Atlantic 10 conference call ever.
As a bonus, Mike tells us if there is any hope for the Buffalo Sabres.