Friday, October 31, 2008

Notes from Haunted Hoops

For all who are interested, Coach Buzz Williams did mention that he has been on the job for 206 days during his speech at the fish fry. What was also interesting is that he tries to not use a microphone when he speaks in front of large groups. He does that as well as not use a whistle during practice. According to him, he wants to teach his players to key in on his voice, rather than a whistle, because during games the men with whistles won't be able to make adjustments for the team.

The scrimmage following the dinner was well balanced. However there were a few things that stuck out, which may be seen during the season. First, Joe Fulce is very fast, but can get into foul trouble very easily. During the second 15 minute half he recorded 4 fouls in just 11 minutes of game play. Next, Dwight Burke seemed to be very effective under the rim; but this must be taken with a grain of salt, because he was facing his own teammates, who are undersized. Of the younger players, I was impressed with the way that Jimmy Butler played, but he'll be behind a number of players at the 3 spot this year and may not find much playing time. Chris Otule was decent, but he will need to play more aggressively on the boards to be competitive in the BIG EAST.

In other news, AD Steve Cottingham said that the student section is sold out, as are all of the tickets for the Wisconsin game. He also said that he expects the UCONN and Syracuse games to be sold out by the end of next week, when individual tickets go on sale.

Ritchie Donnelly
MUTV Sports Director

Thursday, October 23, 2008

MU Soccer Gives Ficke the Business, Part Deux

Nick Kay and Matt Pyzdrowski discuss the devastation they laid on Ficke with the guys from the Locker Room... they might mention the soccer team at some point too.

MU Soccer Gives Ficke the Business, Part Un

Nick Kay and Matt Pyzdrowski of the MU Men's Soccer team embarass Jonathan Ficke down at Valley Fields during a demonstration on penalty kicks. Enjoy his failure.

Junior forward Lazar Hayward drops by for a short interview with Brad Galli on another MUTV Sports Wednesday Interview. He talks about the off season, the team, and he even mentions the upcoming Dunk Contest at Marquette Madness.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Catch Terri Angst and the rest of the Women's Volleyball team in action this Friday evening at 7 CST against Louisville live from the Al on MUTV and

Madness Is Getting Closer!

Saturday night will bring one of the most exciting nights on the Marquette yearly sports schedule to the forefront of the Wisconsin sports scene. Marquette Madness is upon us!
We at MUTV Sports have a lot up our sleeves for our exclusive live broadcast. First of all, there are grumblings that a new "This Is SportsTime" commercial might debut. Plus, we will be sitting down with Marquette personalities, athletes, and coaches in very insightful interviews.
We are hard at work to get you closer to all the Madness than ever before!

On campus, tune in on Channel 99 beginning at 5:30 Central Time. And off campus, check us out on MU's official Athletics site: at 5:30 P.M. Central Time as well.

Tune in! You won't be disappointed!

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Brad Galli
MUTV Assistant Sports Director

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

MUTV's Growth Since My Freshman Year

In Chapter 2 of Imperial Purple by Edgar Saltus, Augustus Caesar is quoted as saying, "I received Rome in brick, and shall leave it in marble."

As Marquette Madness approaches, I sat back and thought about what a huge undertaking this remote broadcast is. While I do not quite share the extreme view of my contributions to MUTV as Caesar did to Rome, his quote made me think about the advances that MUTV has gone through over my years at the station. When I first joined as a freshman in the Fall of 2005 it was technologically impossible to broadcast live events from the AL. During that year MUTV was also completely reliant on tape-to-tape editing. Furthermore, the Sports Department did not have direct access to Marquette Athletes.

Now it is the Fall of 2008 and I am in my senior year. I like to think that I have grown at least a little wiser, but I know that MUTV has grown exponentially. The Madness broadcast on Saturday will be our third live broadcast from the AL this year alone (last year we had 8). MUTV is now almost completely digital, creates 12 new shows every week and streams many live broadcasts every semester. And every Wednesday we work with the Athletic Department to schedule four to six athletes to come to studio 7 in Johnston Hall for MUTV Sports: Sit down with a Marquette Athlete, which can be seen on this blog, and

But the advances don't end there. The Madness broadcast has grown in leaps and bounds. When MUTV first attempted to broadcast the event, only a two man crew provided audio to one camera that was focused on the floor of the AL. When viewers go to Madness this Saturday, they will see a crew of nearly 30 students, with 5 cameras, technical crews in 3 different locations, and a 4 seat set next to the court for interviews with athletes, coaches and beat writers. If you can't make it to the AL, and will be watching on, you will see a broadcast with the most video footage and graphics that have ever been used in a live remote broadcast at MUTV.

The Madness broadcast has taken on a life of its own at MUTV as I'm sure it has within the Marquette Basketball community. We at MUTV hope that you enjoy the broadcast this Saturday, but we also hope you appreciate the tireless efforts that so many people at MUTV have gone through over the years to make this possible.

Ritchie Donnelly
MUTV Sports Director

Monday, October 20, 2008

MUTV Sports Interview: Maurice Acker

Point Guard Maurice Acker sits down with Ritchie Donnelly for a short interview. This is the first of what will be a full week of MU Hoops-related content as we get ready for Marquette Madness this Saturday.

Marquette Madness, Saturday

We're less than one week away from the "kickoff" of MU Hoops this year (They've begun practicing but Madness was moved back a week because the students were on Fall Break). MUTV will be broadcasting it live from the Al starting at 5:30 CST on Suffice it to say we have big plans and high hopes. There are a number of interviews being lined up with coaches, players and more; we have a number of videos about the program, its history, its present and its future. We've got a lot planned.

The Sports staff, Jonathan Ficke, Ritchie Donnelly and Brad Galli will be anchoring the broadcast; it will be produced by Brian Henry, and there are a ton of other hard-working students that will be instrumental in the production.

During the run up to the broadcast we will be posting interviews with the players, information about the broadcast and a ton of other MU Hoops-related info. Check back later this evening for a video of a 5-6 minute interview with point guard Maurice Acker.

Check out for more information about Marquette Madness:

Jonathan Ficke
Assistant Sports Director

Sunday, October 19, 2008

MUTV Sports Interview: Becka Gonyo

MU Women's Volleyball player sits down for a short interview.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Van Sickle is a Force on the Links

Mike Van Sickle just won his eight career tournament. It wasn't a one under par, one stroke victory, he shot 64-68-67 for a 17-under par tournament. He man-handled the course and claimed the title by eight strokes. That's Tiger-esque.

A few weeks ago we interviewed Van Sickle (you can check that out a few posts back) and he seemed humble and well-grounded. Seriously though, if anyone had a right to gloat just a little bit, right now its this guy. He's a preseason All-American (one of only 10) and is ranked as the eighth best amateur golfer in the country. He's coming off of a Big East tournament victory last Spring and to be honest, it's not much of a stretch to say that this team could repeat.

I hate to put expectations out there, but this guy is a PGA caliber golfer. Let's just wait and see if he wears blue and gold on Sunday's.

Check out the story about his win at

MUTV Sports Interview: Trent Hagan

We sat down with Men's Tennis Senior Trent Hagan for a short interview.

Also, check out a story about how MU Dominated at the Purdue Invitational. for