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John Murphy gives playful jab to childhood friend John Beilein

John Murphy, the voice of the Bills, and John Beilein, the coach of the University of Michigan men’s basketball team, have more in common than a first name.

Both share roots in Lockport and have known each other for decades. Beilein, who coached at Erie Community College and Canisius College before eventually moving to the Big Ten, played basketball at DeSales High in Lockport with Murphy’s older brother, Mark, and occasionally slept at the Murphy house after practice.

In other words, they’re close enough to bust each other’s chops once in a while.

Murphy did not miss his chance last weekend, when he got a hold of some audio of Beilein’s visit to the broadcast booth during Michigan’s football game against Oregon State. The announcers, Jim Brandstatter and Dan Dierdorf, invited the hoops coach to try his hand calling one play and Beilein obliged.

Murphy’s critique was quick and merciless and very public on Twitter: “Don’t quit your day job.”

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