‘Battle of Journalism Schools’ unexpectedly leads to exciting football game

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Northwestern University’s football contest against Syracuse University Saturday proved one thing for sure: Journalism-related college-football trash talk is astonishingly painful to read. Witness these exchanges from ESPN employees who attended the universities’ respective j-schools:

“When it comes to Northwestern and Syracuse it’s all about the names: Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism vs. Syracuse’s Newhouse School of Public Communication. Communication? Anyone with a Twitter account can communicate. Journalism is a craft, and Northwestern alumni do it best. Just count the Pulitzer Prize winners.” — JA Adande

“I don’t have any side-bets with Northwestern alumni, because they are too hard to find. There’s a Syracuse alum around every corner.” —Dave Pasch

Northwestern squeaked it out. But Syracuse’s newspaper, The Post-Standard, got the better quote: “The outcome is not what we wanted,” coach Doug Marrone told Nolan Weidner.

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  • http://twitter.com/TheGaryWarner Gary Warner

    I entered the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in the fall of 1983, when the Lions embarked on their legendary 44-game winless streak that set a Division 1 record. It would run through 1988 (during which I had three different newspaper jobs). In doing so, Columbia wiped out Northwestern’s 34-game winless streak. That run of futility ended in 1982, so it was obvious that Columbia took notice and couldn’t be second to Northwestern. After all, football victories are in inverse proportion to journalism school standing.