Doug Gottlieb is no friend of Wisconsin

ESPN’s Doug Gottlieb is beginning to make a name for himself. The former point guard at Oklahoma State and Notre Dame was hired two years ago at ESPN Radio to co-host “Gamenight” with Chuck Wilson. This year, Gottlieb has had the opportunity to do color commentary on college basketball games and his comments have gotten under the skin of Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan.

Excellent college sports writer Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune gives the details about Gottlieb and also provides some background in his schedule (registration required or use bugmennot.com).

Gottlieb doesn’t mince words which is why Coach Ryan thought his comments were a bit excessive. But Gottlieb is a promising analyst and here’s hoping more follow his lead.

Since we’re now in March, it’s time to get ready for plenty of college basketball action. Next week, the conference tournaments get into full swing and they will eventually lead to the NCAA Tournament on CBS. Michael Hiestand of USA Today talks about the plans of ESPN to fully cover Championship Week which has become one of the Worldwide Leader’s signature events. Not only will ESPN and ESPN2 cover live games, but ESPN Classic will also get into the action. Hiestand writes about the plans for ESPNU which launches this Friday.

Speaking of ESPNU, I hope to have a review of its first broadcast within minutes of its completion.

The first ever Washington Nationals Spring Training game will be shown on ESPN this Thursday at 1 p.m. ET.