Fox Sports, Sun-Times Beth Long talks ND, Big Ten, Illini and more (video)

It’s a very special, heart-warming edition of the Chicago Sports Media Watch interview series! Why? Because this one is VIDEO! That calls for ALL CAPS!

We also have a fantastic guest on today: Beth Long of Fox Sports, Fox Sports Next and the Chicago Sun-Times. See just how much more wonderful the CSMW interview becomes when it’s done via video instead of by email, over-the-phone or in person with recorded audio. Beth Long and I did this segment after the conclusion of Big Ten football media day.

I think you can tell from the bags under my eyes that I did this on four hours sleep. But hey, like Ryan Lochte famously told us “if you want to be a man at night, you’ve got to be a man in the morning.” And no, I have no clue what that means. Unlike Lochte, Long is a swimmer with an intellect, having competed on the Division I level. Also, she ran track for Syracuse and Gardner-Webb.

In this video, we talk more than Big Ten Media Day and all the goofy cliches we heard during the interviews. We also talk Fox Sports 1 (Beth Long and I do have ties to Fox Sports), Northwestern, Illini, Notre Dame and a heavy focus on recruiting. Yes, recruiting that TOPIC I LOVE SO MUCH. Hey, if she can get me to talk about recruiting then you know she’s very good at what she does.

Follow Beth Long on Twitter here.

Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net, a Fox Sports affiliate. He is also an analyst for 95.7 The Fan, and writes on Chicago sports media for Chicago Now. President Obama follows him on Twitter (@PaulMBanks), like him on Facebook

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