SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – With the 13th annual Madden-Mariucci Battle of the Bay charity bocce tournament coming up next week, former 49ers coach Steve Mariucci joined John Madden for his daily live segment on KCBS.

Madden accused Mariucci of rigging the match-ups through bracket manipulation, and of shady recruiting.

“John only coached at San Diego State for a short amount of time, so he doesn’t understand recruiting,” Mariucci said.

Madden’s retort: “I tell you what I do understand. I was at San Diego State recruiting under Don Coryell, and we were all above board. Now you on the other hand were at USC, I think.”

Madden said Mariucci is all bluster and no play.

“He doesn’t work at it. It’s not a craft for him. It’s just talkin.'”

“John practices quite a bit,” Mariucci said. “He needs it.” (9:05)


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