What will post on Sunday:
New UCLA radio football and basketball play-by-play man Bill Roth says he still hasn’t submitted a formal resume to the school’s athletic department to apply for an opening that was given to him officially on Wednesday.
He really doesn’t need to dig up additional paperwork. His own website has pretty much all UCLA needed to know before agreeing to take him in from Virginia Tech.
So while he met with coaches Steve Alford on Wednesday, and Jim Mora on Thursday, and basketball and football players and other UCLA staffers in between, Roth goes back to Virginia to collect his things and prepare to move out to Southern California this summer and, perhaps, lock down the next 20-something years as the replacement for Chris Roberts.
We’ve got more on Roth aside from the announcement, as well as input from those who know of his work (surely, they are among his 12.5 thousand twitter followers that could use a new handle very soon). A video clip from LANG reporter Jack Wang of Roth talking about his arrival with several media members was posted on Thursday morning (above)
What we decided is worth posting now:
== Fox Sports officials still aren’t certain when Pete Rose will make his first appearance in their Pico Lot studios to begin his latest media rehabilitation process, but the strange timing of an announcement about his signing last Saturday afternoon with vague details certainly got what Fox wanted — a quick reaction.
“So, yes, hiring Rose is a way for Fox to get the type of publicity that has not come with its hiring of any other studio analyst,” wrote the New York Times’ Richard Sandomir. “Fox’s message is clear: Come watch Pete Rose, the banished superstar who for many years denied gambling on baseball, the ex-con and the career hits leader. Maybe he’ll be outrageous. Maybe he’ll be revelatory. Maybe he’ll say something that will blow his chance at returning to baseball.”
The all-time MLB hits leader, who maintains a place in Sherman Oaks, signed a deal to make at least 25 appearances a year on programs including pregame and postgame baseball shows on Fox and Fox Sports 1 and on “Fox Sports Live.” New MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday that Rose would be allowed to participate in some way during the July 14 All-Star Game in Cincinnati, which Fox will televise.
Jeremy Schaap, sitting in for Keith Olbermann on “Olbermann” during Monday’s show, noted this “probably isn’t how Rose thought his comeback would play out, sitting in a TV studio dispensing peals of baseball wisdom like some tough-guy Yoda, but you’ve got to start the road to redemption somewhere. … At 74, Rose is a rookie broadcaster … (a man) who was gold for the media for so long. But he also disdained those who made a living in words. When Jim Bouton was pitching for the Astros in 1970, it was Rose who got on the top step of the dugout and greeted the author of ‘Ball Four’ with the admonition: ‘(Blank) you, Shakespeare.’ Which, it could be argued, was a compliment of sorts. I, for one, am eager to welcome Rose to the community of sports TV. It seems only fair that one who provided so much fodder for so long — 50 years — should get his shot on the other side of the camera.”
And how soon they do forget: Rose once had a regular voice on L.A. sports-talk radio, on the SportsFan Radio Network, with Joe McDonnell as his co-host in the mid 1990s on KMAX-FM (107.1).
== Rose, a former Cincinnati Reds manager who got in trouble while in that position for his gambling habits, had to face the media on more than one occasion. Now is when we’d welcome his reaction to what current Reds manager Bryan Price has had to endure in the media following his F-bomb riddled response to reporters’ questions before last Monday’s game (think: Tommy Lasorda’s opinion about Dave Kingman’s performance).
Here’s a report on what led to the five-plus minute tyrade from the Cincinnati Enquirer’s C. Trent Rosecranz, with more analysis by the Washington Post on how Price might want to make some adjustments to living in today’s media world of instant reporting.