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AP Reporter Marot Describes The Complexities Of Change

By Josh Roller | @Roller_01

Sports Capital Journalism Program

INDIANAPOLIS — Associated Press reporter Michael Marot, a longtime colleague of college basketball writer Jim O’Connell, remembered the reporter who made 20 trips to cover the Maui Invitational basketball tournament before his death in July, 2018.

“[He] was the only guy who went to the Maui Invitationals and never went to the beach,” Marot said. “He was just one of those guys you wanted to be around for days.”
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Benner Describes Conflict On Amateurism Issues

By Mike Williams | @MikeWritesSport

Sports Capital Journalism Program

INDIANAPOLIS — Before expressing his thoughts on the state of college basketball, former vice president of Pacers Sports & Entertainment Bill Benner gave some thoughts on the passing of longtime Associated Press writer Jim O’Connell, who friends and colleagues, for decades, referred to as Oc.

“Oc was the most Hoosier non-Hoosier ever,” Benner said. “He simply loved the game. He was very knowledgeable. He was very forthright.”
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Sean Gregory Fondly Remembers An Uncle, Role Model

By Caleb Lynn | @ CalebLynn1

Sports Capital Journalism Program

INDIANAPOLIS — Sean Gregory spoke on Tuesday afternoon about his relationship with Hall of Fame college basketball writer Jim O’Connell, a relationship that was much bigger than basketball.

Gregory was O’Connell’s nephew. When Gregory was 11 years old, he remembered, O’Connell would deliver media guides he collected through his responsibilities as a reporter for the Associated Press in the hope that Gregory would become involved in media.
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Krzyzewski Apologizes While Clarifying ‘Blip’ Comment

By Robby General | @rgeneraljr

Sports Capital Journalism Program

INDIANAPOLIS – Mike Krzyzewski very rarely does anything unrelated to getting his Duke University basketball team ready on game days.

But hours before the opening of the 2018-19 NCAA basketball season at the Champions Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse – where No. 4 Duke would dominate No. 2 Kentucky, 118-84 – he made an exception, attending the College Basketball Symposium.
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Symposium Examines NCAA Challenges, Celebrates O’Connell Legacy

By Frank Bonner II | @Frank_Bonner2

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INDIANAPOLIS — For the first time since the 1977-78 season, the NCAA men’s college basketball season tipped off on Tuesday without legendary college basketball writer Jim O’Connell at the Associated Press.
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