March 31, 2016 – Several of CSE Talent’s clients have been on prominent display during the 2016 NCAA Tournament, including head coaches, assistant coaches and broadcast talent. Below is a recap of CSE Talent’s representation in the Tournament.
The University of Miami Men’s Basketball Team, led by CSE Talent client Jim Larranaga, was named a No. 3 seed in the South Region of the bracket and earned a trip to the Sweet 16 for the second time in four years after defeating the University of Buffalo and Wichita State University in the first two rounds. Larranaga, who was named the 2015-16 ACC Coach of the Year, led the Hurricanes to a 27-8 overall record and a 13-5 mark in conference play, defeating five ranked opponents en route to a school-record-tying 24 wins in the regular season.
Additionally, two assistant coaches, Amir Abdur-Rahim of Texas A&M and Cliff Warren of the University of Maryland, helped guide their teams to the Sweet 16.
Other coaches who made the Tournament include Southern Head Coach Roman Banks, Utah Assistant Coach DeMarlo Slocum and Vanderbilt Assistant Coach Derrick Jones.
Broadcast coverage of the NCAA Tournament has also prominently featured CSE Talent clients. Ernie Johnson has hosted studio coverage of the Tournament for Turner Sports and will serve as the studio host of the Final Four and the National Championship from NRG Stadium in Houston, where Clark Kellogg will join him on set.
Kellogg will also be calling Final Four action on the Westwood One Sports national radio broadcast, while simultaneously serving as a studio analyst for Turner Sports’ TV coverage.
CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network reporter Evan Washburn served as a sideline reporter for six games during the opening weekend of action at the Providence site. P.J. Carlesimo also provided commentary for Westwood One Sports’ radio coverage of the Tournament.
As part of Bleacher Report’s Team Stream coverage of the Final Four, 10-time NSSA Georgia Sportscaster of the Year Wes Durham will call the play-by-play for the North Carolina Team Stream broadcast on TNT. Durham’s father, Woody, was the 40-year radio voice of Tar Heels football and basketball from 1971-2011.
On the marketing front, Christian Laettner will work with Capital One around the Final Four in Houston and will also be making an appearance in Las Vegas.