Boston College betting mess has familiar ring for CBS' Mayock

Media Watch

November 08, 1996|By MILTON KENT

The betting scandal that has engulfed Boston College hits CBS analyst Mike Mayock closer to home than it does most people.

Mayock played defensive back for the Eagles, graduating in 1980, and was enrolled when a point-shaving scandal had hit the basketball team. His roommate, a point guard and captain on the team, was implicated in the mess and confided his troubles to Mayock.

"He approached me and confided in me, and I said, 'We've got to go to the athletic director.' He said, 'I can't go to the AD. They [mobsters] threatened me. I'm scared to death,' " said Mayock. "This is even more poignant for me. When I heard it, it hit me like a ton of bricks."

In an eerie coincidence, Mayock, and his partner, Sean McDonough, were working the BC-Syracuse game two weeks ago on which two of the Eagles are alleged to have bet against their team. Mayock says he's watched tapes of the game and can't detect any hint of a point-shaving scheme.

In all, 13 players are suspended for at least tomorrow's game against Notre Dame (Channel 13, 3: 30 p.m.), and Mayock says BC coach Dan Henning has a serious challenge on his hands.

"He's going to have to shut the locker room doors and keep everybody out except the coaches and players, circle the wagons, and tell them, 'OK, fellows. It's us against the world. Do you buck it up and play the best game of the year or do you turn tail?' It will be interesting," said Mayock.

The NFL scene

Remember how Baltimoreans were left out of the hoopla surrounding the Dallas-Miami meeting because the Ravens were playing at home, precluding us from seeing that game? Well, Sunday's Dallas-San Francisco clash will air in this market (Channel 45, 4 p.m.), but it goes up against the Ravens-Jacksonville game on Channel 11. The first game of the day, Green Bay-Kansas City (Channel 45, 1 p.m.), should be a keeper.

Not surprisingly, the Cowboys-49ers game will draw some serious attention on the Sunday pre-game shows. Fox's effort (Channel 45, noon) will see the underused Pam Oliver talk with San Francisco receiver Jerry Rice, and ESPN's Chris Berman will also chat up Rice for "NFL Countdown" at 11: 30.

The NFL game on ESPN finds the New York Giants meeting the Carolina Panthers at 8 p.m. Sunday. If you tune in, keep an eye trained for the lower left-hand corner of the screen, where the network will display its new feature, the "Stat Bug," which shows updated stats for a team's leading passer, runner and receiver at least once a series.

Finally, for some unexplained reason, ABC's Frank Gifford, in San Diego for Monday's Detroit Lions-Chargers game (Channel 2, 9 p.m.) will spend his day tomorrow undergoing flight physiology training at a San Diego naval air station in preparation for a subsequent 90-minute flight on an F/A 18 Hornet fighter plane.

The network says it's something he's always wanted to do, but, from here, it seems like an awfully extreme step to take to avoid a weekend with Kathie Lee.

One of the good guys

In the dog-eat-dog world of network television, David Kenin, who was deposed this week as CBS Sports president, is a rare breed: a genuinely decent person.

In 2 1/2 years as president, Kenin, who restored a sense of confidence to an eviscerated division after it lost the NFL in 1993, wasn't the kind of guy who ran around making pronouncements or who needed to see his name in print. In fact, in almost all of the network's press releases about its coming events and acquisitions, Kenin's name hardly ever appeared.

Perhaps because they felt the network needed a higher profile as it makes an attempt to get back into football, Kenin's bosses bounced him this week.

"I didn't hear anything specific, but they felt they needed a person who had a constellation of strengths," Kenin said yesterday.

From all accounts, his successor will be Sean McManus, a former NBC executive who is now with International Management Group, and the son of ABC sportscaster and Maryland native Jim McKay.

Kenin said he hasn't quite figured out what he wants to do next, but here's hoping that it's something that he'll be happy with. He deserves it, and the industry can use more people like him.

Pub Date: 11/08/96

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