Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Wiley Is `Back' to His Passion, as Slu Analyst

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Wiley Is `Back' to His Passion, as Slu Analyst

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Joe Wiley last pulled on his Billikens basketball uniform more than 25 seasons ago. It's been at least 12 years since he worked for SLU's program.

But really, Wiley never has gone away.

Wiley has missed few home games since his senior season ended in 1970. He'll make several road games this season as well, since Bud Sports has hired him to provide analysis on the Billikens' game telecasts.

He made his first appearance Friday night, when the Bills opened their regular season against Louisiana State in the United Airlines Tipoff Classic at the University of Hawaii.

"Being around SLU basketball has been my passion for almost 30 years," Wiley said.

Calling college basketball games has been his occasional hobby for nearly as long. Wiley, who also earned a master's degree from SLU, works as the director of human resources for Monsanto: "My straight job," he said. "At least I think I'm still working for them."

Wiley teamed with Joe May for radio broadcasts of SLU games in the 1970s "when things were tough enough for the program that they couldn't find many people who wanted to do it," he said. He worked with former Bills star Ed Macauley on SLU telecasts in the early 1980s and did some Missouri Valley Conference telecasts later in the '80s.

His lone screen work since then has involved several industrial videos, including some for Monsanto.

"I didn't really work at seeking opportunities as a broadcaster," Wiley said. "I just took whatever came along. If someone called right now for me to do analyst work for, like, a (SIU-)Carbondale vs. Indiana State game, I'd do it."

SLU athletic director Doug Woolard first approached Wiley about the possibility. Woolard knew Wiley as one of the program's career leading scorers - his 1,368 points rank No. 9 - and as a familiar face at games and other SLU athletic events. Wiley's experience behind a microphone and his engaging personality convinced Woolard to recommend he talk with Bud Sports executives, producers of the game telecasts.

He refuses to try to impress his new employers by imitating anyone else. Joe Wiley always has felt satisfied by being Joe Wiley.

"I won't be like some analysts who get critical of the coach," Wiley said. …

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