Shaq takes crash course in broadcast at Syracuse

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) -- Shaquille O'Neal is in training for his next career.

The 7-foot-1 center for the Phoenix Suns is taking a broadcasting class at Syracuse University known as Sportscaster U, a crash course designed to teach athletes about the broadcasting industry. He arrived in Syracuse on Sunday and started school Monday at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Instructor Dave Ryan, an ESPN play-by-play announcer who started the program, says O'Neal is spending the time taping mock stand-ups, scripting material, and conducting interviews.

O'Neal even scored the first on-camera interview with former Duke point guard Greg Paulus since he announced his decision to play football at Syracuse in the fall.

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