In addition to working for CBS Sports Radio, Pete Mundo started a website, Heartland College Sports, which focuses on Big 12 athletics. As part of his duties for the site, Mundo will often interview a former Big 12 athlete, ask about his collegiate career and, if applicable, his professional career, and discuss a few other odds and ends depending on the subject.
Mundo interviewed Redskins backup quarterback Colt McCoy for the site this week, and everything seemed to go swimmingly. A few days later, however, Mundo found out that it didn’t.
McCoy was apparently irate that he was asked questions about the 2010 BCS national title game, which Texas lost to Alabama, and concussions in football, which, as you may know, is a hot-button topic in today’s sports landscape.
“He lost his mind,” Mundo said on CBS Sports Radio’s Tiki and Tierney. “The interview, I thought it went really well. We were laughing, if you listen to it. It as a softball interview. I started off the interview asking about Redskins training camp, which, frankly, I don’t really care about and most of our listeners don’t care about, but I thought it was the right thing to do.”
Mundo had reached out to Redskins P.R. guy Tony Wyllie to set up the interview and made it clear to both Wyllie and McCoy what the discussion would entail.
“I said we’re a Big 12-based outlet,” Mundo recalled. “I’m going to talk about UT and I’ll throw in some NFL – because of course that’s what he’s doing right now – but this is a look-back on a guy that was the winningest quarterback at Texas.”
Everything was fine – until Tuesday, when Mundo got a call from Wyllie.
“I didn’t know the number,” Mundo said. “I pick it up and he just starts laying into me.”
McCoy was apparently blindsided by some of the questions. Mundo doesn’t know why, especially since he told McCoy before the interview, which was taped, what topics would be covered.
“I (told Wyllie), ‘Listen, you knew and he knew (what we were going to talk about),’” Mundo said. “I had talked to Colt before we started recording. I said, ‘We’re going to talk about Texas. It’s a Big 12 site. This is why you’re on.’ At that point, he could have said, ‘Listen, I don’t want to talk about the title game.’ He should have said that – because that’s the biggest game of his career to date and he got hurt in it. Why he wouldn’t want to talk about it, I don’t really get.”
Mundo, who was working when Wyllie called, had to step outside to talk to him. Wyllie was just that angry – which is odd given that McCoy laughed several times during the interview.
“We recorded it,” Mundo said, “and after we got done, I said, ‘Colt, I can’t thank you enough, man. I really appreciate it. I’m going to have this up tomorrow. If you want retweet it, fine. If not, no big deal. Have a great night.’ And he said ‘All right, have a good one. Talk to you later.’ That was it.”