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Apr 3, 2017

From the ESPNMediazone:

Doris Burke, a versatile basketball commentator who calls both men’s and women’s college and pro contests, has covered basketball for ESPN since March 1991. She works a variety of ESPN assignments, including the NBA, women’s basketball regular-season and NCAA Championship, men’s basketball regular-season and Championship Week, in addition to other ESPN properties.

As of today, you can eliminate covering women's basketball from that exhausting resume, as Burke announced yesterday's NCAA national championship game between South Carolina and Mississippi State will be her last, and she will be focusing on her other duties on the men's side.

As the saying goes, she went out with a bang. This was one of the most watched women's basketball tournament final fours, with storylines, controversies, and a feel good ending, like all good drama has.

I will not bore you with a recap of the weekend's theatrics and final four games; if you are reading this you have already read plenty!

It is a pleasure to welcome Doris Burke to Dishin & Swishin for the first time, to help put the bow on the neatly wrapped package of the NCAA women's basketball season.

Topics covered on the podcast include:

  • The importance of Dawn Staley and South Carolina winning the championship in a historical sense, and as the heir to the UConn-Tennessee rivalry
  • Where to both South Carolina and Mississippi State go from here? Sustainability, and recruiting is key
  • Vic Schaefer's decisions, especially the sitting of Morgan William in the championship game (spoiler: interesting take on her own coverage by Burke)
  • A'ja Wilson and Alisha Gray both at this and the next level
  • Heir apparent to her spot, and the growth of coverage of women's basketball over the years until now

For too long, I was intimidated by the broadcasting abilities and talents of Doris Burke, and did not ask her to be on Dishin & Swishin out of respect. That was my mistake, and it is a pleasure to have her at the end of the NCAA women's basketball and, at the end of her coverage of the sport.

We will miss you, Doris Burke, but you have left the broadcast table in good hands.