College basketball notebook: Seth Greenberg adds radio gig
ESPN analyst and ex-Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg has added two Sirius XM radio shows to his duties.
Seth Greenberg already has a high-profile television job.
Now he’s on the radio, too.
The ESPN analyst and former Virginia Tech men’s basketball coach co-hosts two shows each week on Sirius XM Radio’s College Sports Nation channel (Channel 84).
Greenberg, who made his Sirius XM debut last month, co-hosts “The Playbook” from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesdays with Jason Horowitz. He also co-hosts “College Sports Today” with Mark Packer from 4 to 7 p.m. each Monday or Wednesday, depending on his ESPN schedule.
“Doing the radio, it’s more spontaneous,” Greenberg said. “So it makes you work that much harder in terms of knowing not just what you’re supposed to know but really the nation.”
The radio shows provide him hours to opine about college basketball teams and issues, as well as the chance to interact with callers and guests.
“It’s an opportunity to have some fun in a more freeform, less structured platform,” he said. “It’s a chance to really delve into things.”
Greenberg still has plenty on his ESPN plate. He is part of the Saturday morning “College GameDay” crew, along with Rece Davis, Jay Bilas and Jay Williams. He serves as a studio analyst on pregame and halftime shows, as well as on “SportsCenter.” He also serves as a color commentator on game telecasts. He even co-hosts a podcast with Andy Katz.
“It’s busy, but … when I coached, the amount of time I put into what I did was far greater,” Greenberg said. “You’d go months upon a time without having any time for yourself.”
Greenberg was 170-123 with one NCAA Tournament bid and five NIT berths in nine seasons at Tech before being fired by the late Jim Weaver in April 2012. He has been with ESPN since losing his Hokies job.
“I wouldn’t be honest if I didn’t say I missed the interactions, I missed the preparation, I missed the competition [of coaching],” Greenberg said. “But there’s trade-offs in life. … [ESPN] is better for my health, and I work with great people. I work with people that are 100 percent supportive in that we all have the same vision and [are] pulling in the same direction and you know exactly where they stand. … I’m very fortunate.”
This year marks the 10th anniversary of Tech’s memorable 2006-07 season. Greenberg’s Hokies won 22 games and reached the round of 32 in the NCAA Tournament. Tech went 10-6 in ACC play that year, including a win at Duke and a sweep of UNC. That squad featured the senior trio of Zabian Dowdell, Jamon Gordon and Coleman Collins.
“It was a special group of players,” Greenberg said. “They made the Big East tournament [as freshmen], transitioned into the ACC … and ended up 8-8 as sophomores. The following year we dealt with the passing of Coleman’s dad and Shawn Harris’ grandma. And that group had the resiliency to come back the next year, win at Duke, win at Carolina, … and advance in the NCAA Tournament.”
The “College GameDay” show will originate from North Carolina on Saturday to highlight the Virginia-UNC game that night. The hour-long version of “GameDay” will air at 11 a.m., with another edition at 8 p.m. heading into the 8:15 p.m. game.
The ACC has unbelievable depth this season, said Greenberg.
“Every single night you’ve got to play well to have a chance to win,” Greenberg said. “But the league is … not the best league ever. It might put the most teams in the tournament, but this is a year that if you don’t have a bad loss, you’ll probably get in the tournament. The mid-major conferences this year are just not very good.”
Back on Jan. 4, North Carolina State evened its ACC mark at 1-1 with a 104-78 rout of Virginia Tech. But State has won just two games since then. The Wolfpack is 14-12, 3-10 entering Wednesday’s home game with North Carolina.
“We lost our zip,” State coach Mark Gottfried said Monday. “We’ve gotten punched in the mouth once or twice and it’s dazed us. It’s led to some games that in my opinion, the outcome shouldn’t be the way they were. And that’s on me.
“This team has to get some energy back. … Our energy level back in that Virginia Tech game … was at an all-time high.”
State has suffered several lopsided defeats, including a 107-56 loss at UNC on Jan. 8 and an 85-60 loss at Louisville on Jan. 29. Last week, State fell 95-71 at Florida State and lost 88-58 at Wake Forest.
“At Wake Forest, … we’re down 12 with two minutes to go in the half and it becomes 20. Some of that is immaturity,” Gottfried said. “Some of that’s, … when you get punched in the mouth, how hard do you fight back?”
Gottfried, in his sixth season at State, is under contract through the 2019-20 season.
Doug Collins to be on UVa telecast
Doug Collins, one of ESPN’s NBA analysts, will join Jay Bilas and Karl Ravech for ESPN2’s telecast of Wednesday’s Duke-UVa game. The game is part of ESPN’s annual “crossover” night that will feature some NBA commentators on college telecasts and some college analysts on NBA telecasts.