'Battle of Journalism Schools' unexpectedly leads to exciting football game

ESPN | Daily Northwestern | Syracuse.com

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.

  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at TBD.com and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.

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