Hall of Fame basketball coach Muffet McGraw and soccer journalist Grant Wahl
Episode 120 of the Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch features two guests. First up is Hall of Fame basketball coach Muffet McGraw, who served as the head women's basketball coach at Notre Dame from 1987 to 2020, leading her team to nine Final Fours, seven championship game appearances, and two National Championships. Last month McGraw joined ESPN to work in a studio analyst role for the ACC Network. She is followed by soccer journalist Grant Wahl, who hosts the "Fútbol with Grant Wahl" podcast. This week Wahl debuts "American Prodigy: The Freddy Adu Story," a seven-part series on the American soccer player Freddy Adu.In this podcast, McGraw discusses her decision to join the ACC Network and how it came about; why she is sure she will not coach again; why studio work is interesting to her; reaching out to former college basektball coaches Andy Landers and Seth Greenberg about the transition to broadcasting; the challenge of being associated with Notre Dame while analyzing Notre Dame; her relationship with current Notre Dame coach Niele Ivey; the decision to play college basketball this year amid COVID; teaching at Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business and working on Election Day as a poll worker; promoting women’s equality and speaking on behalf of women across the country; her former players in the WNBA and their activism; her relationship with Pete Buttigieg and more. Wahl discusses his new narrative podcast on Freddy Adu, a 7-part series including nearly two dozen interviews with people who have been closest to Adu; the reporting process for such a podcast; why Adu turned down media requests over the years; why Adu did not turn into an American Messi; what Adu told Wahl during their conversation; what Adu is doing now, and more.You can subscribe to this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher and more.
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The Sports Media Podcast with Richard Deitsch is a weekly show that features interviews with members of the sports media about their work, as well as roundtables with sports media reporters about television, digital, audio/radio, print, and other forms of media. You can read Richard’s work at The Athletic and hear his words at Sportsnet 590 The Fan in Toronto.