College Basketball

Hey, coach Crean, is your refrigerator running?

Those whacky prank callers who struck the ACC women’s basketball teleconference on Tuesday were back at it on Thursday, infiltrating the Big East men’s basketball conference call and asking some dirty, naughty questions.

Good luck getting through the next coach with this,” [Marquette coach Tom] Crean said to associate commissioner John Paquette after his portion of the call.

It got so bad Thursday that Paquette began screening calls, only taking them from writers he was familiar with. He was able to head off most of the prank calls based on the names of fabricated media.

South Florida’s Stan Heath, West Virginia’s Bob Huggins, St. John’s Norm Roberts and UConn’s Jim Calhoun along with Crean were among the coaches asked disgusting questions.

As the hourlong teleconference continued, the prank calls ceased and Providence’s Tim Welsh, Seton Hall’s Bobby Gonzalez and Louisville’s Rick Pitino were spared.

When Paquette introduced Calhoun, the coach was ready to go because he had heard some of the questions to other coaches.

“Thanks for joining us on the call and before we get started we’ve had some prank …,” Paquette said.

“I understand,” Calhoun said.

“I’ve been trying to screen them as best I can,” Paquette said. “So if you could give us a comment on last night’s game [against Cincinnati] and your thoughts on facing Indiana …”

“Yeah, well, as far as the conference call goes I wish some people would get some lives,” Calhoun said.

Lifeless or not, whoever these guys are, they’re pretty brazen. However, we’ve noticed that these wisenheimers haven’t bothered to crank call the Big 12 yet. Any particular reason for that fellas?


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College Football

Hey, Tim Tebow, is your refrigerator running?

Remember when Tim Tebow made that “I’ll call you” gesture after a touchdown during the first quarter of the Florida/LSU game on Saturday? Well, turns out he wasn’t trying to pick up a Louisianan cutie; he was actually trying to needle the Tiger fans who prank called him hundreds of times leading up to the game.

Tebow said many of the messages contained physical threats and most included foul language.

“I really don’t use that type of language too much, so I can’t tell you,” Tebow said, declining to reveal any of the messages. “Some people did take it way too far, farther than you should take it with sports. But I think for the most part people were just having fun. Unfortunately, there’s people like that everywhere.”

Tebow said the messages started coming early last week and increased in number as the game got closer. He eventually turned the phone off, but had to listen to each voice message and read each text message before deleting them.

But Tim got himself a new number and now Kentucky fans have almost two full weeks to go Colombo and decipher those digits. While we can see how a billion giggly phone pranks could become a slight nuisance, we gotta admit, there really is nothing better than a finely crafted prank call. Isn’t that right, Juice?


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