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A highlight from Monday Night Football Week 8: Bengals at Browns Picks, Predictions, Odds, Injuries

Bet The Board

06:00 min | just now

A highlight from Monday Night Football Week 8: Bengals at Browns Picks, Predictions, Odds, Injuries

"Win 27 7. So he may as well just hand it to him already. Send Lombardi trophy to western New York. For Monday morning as we always do we'll kick things off with the good the bad, the ugly. We'll get to a couple look ahead lines, although there weren't major market adjustments around key numbers. A little injury update from our man D PAC and of course an in depth breakdown of a showdown in the AFC north tonight between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns. But pain. I'm looking forward to that. I think it should be a lot more compelling than what it looks like on the surface. Let's put it that way. Although the way it's being bet from the people I've spoken to around town, they may as well not play the football game because the bangles win this going away. But we'll get to that at the end of the show. Good the bad and the ugly, always where we like to start things on a Monday morning and I'm going to give you first honors. I appreciate that. First off, the tea box. Let's go with maybe some low hanging fruit here because I watched this game. It's close to me. We bet the first half over. Let's go with tua and the dolphins offense. And I know you think another part of that game was vital and caught your attention. But let's start with the offense there. And you look at the metrics, right? I get that the lion's defense isn't any good. But you think about the dolphins organization and past years. They've just never had the offense to catch up, you know? Not a lot of imagination or creativity or just any ability to really battle back from being down double digits multiple times. And you look at the importance of that game. Miami is either going to push to 5 and three or they're going to falter to 500. I really thought that was a game offensive performance from them and chase mode. Final three quarters to a had a positive 0.66 EPA per drop back. So basically any time tool would drop back to throw. Those passes were almost yielding .7 points each time and to this point to a number one in EPA plus completion percentage above expectation for 8 weeks for week 8 rather. The one thing that's interesting here before we discuss the other side of the ball. I would like Mike mcdaniel to come out with the pedal to the floor. If you noticed Miami is a little quirky offensively. Unless they're really being pushed, McDaniels is kind of willing to settle in and run and play a little bit more controlled. We obviously know he's a former run game coordinator. I think there's also this element of trying to protect tua that's layered in there. But you have to start the game with the governor off build some leads because you're not always going to be able to play the lines and catch up from double digits. That's the one thing that's a little bit annoying there about Miami, but ultimately playing catch up the offense came alive. They did some of that on the opening drive on Saturday night football, the week before against the Steelers. I mean, it was the most creative opening drive. They go right down the field, get 7, and you're thinking to yourself watching that game and I know we're talking about obviously yesterday's game against the Lions. Miami is going to be able to do what they want when they want against the Steelers defense. Fast forward to what the eagles did in the first half. And you begin to go, okay, why doesn't Miami do that? And to your point, again, yesterday, they didn't really get outside of the box until they found themselves in that double digit deficit. One that was largely dug by a defense that looked like they didn't start the game until halftime. And that's actually the group that I wanted to highlight for Miami's 31 27 win and interesting result for sportsbooks with that game falling for knowing that the public and professionals actually got out there laid the three and three and a half. What did you see schematically that Miami did differently in the second half? I know they were only out there for three drives for Detroit, but they were able to force two punts, something that they couldn't do through the first 30 minutes of that football game. It's always the interesting dynamic and why there's some variance in these games because you would think if the dolphins can get a little pressure on golf, that's the element, but if golf has time, he's going to be able to pick a part of secondary that's a little beaten and battered. It's basically Xavier and Howard and javon Holland, the dolphins are down starting safety is starting corner and starting slot corner. And that ultimately was the game within the game. If you can get pressure before golf can get an open receiver, you're going to have a chance there. Ultimately, that's what unfolded they stopped the run a little bit better in the second half as well. And the offense maintained possession. Well, while scoring some points. Yeah, I mean, I think you hit on the key point there. And we talked about it, I want to say a couple of years ago with the Dallas Cowboys when they were rebuilding their defense. The only way that the defense is numbers were going to look better was with the offense putting together long sustained drives, keeping them rested. And if they were out there a ton, it was going to show up on the scoreboard. So a good second half from the Miami Dolphins to your point, they get to 5 and three in the division. One that looks significantly more competitive on paper now than we probably would have anticipated early in the season. I want to go to the AFC south and it's a team that we've picked apart for the last couple of years, one that I've been overly critical of it. And I think rightfully so they now find themselves in first place, and that was the Tennessee Titans. Look, they didn't do anything pain to reinvent the wheel. They didn't put Malik Willis in positions where he could cost them the game. But the Houston Texans knew what was coming, still couldn't stop it. I mean, Derek Henry puts the entire team on his back yet again. 32 carries 219 yards for a pair of scores. It's now four straight games of a hundred plus. He's carrying a 22 times. We keep talking about when the tread on the tire is going to wear off and Derek Henry is going to fall off a cliff. This guy only gets better, the more touches he gets. And what it allowed the Tennessee Titans to do is to protect that defense as well. They got off the field on third down, held the Texans to two of 14, and they held the Texans to a 161 yards of offense or 3.2 yards per play. Look, I'm not going to call the Titans a Super Bowl contender by any stretch of the imagination. It's going to piss everybody off in the volunteer state and in the city of Nashville, but they went out there, they executed a game plan. And Mike vrabel, to his credit, at least knows the strength and weaknesses of this football team. Well, they're not. So I don't think any reasonable fan would think this is a Super Bowl contender. And now kudos to Derek Henry, the guy had a 190 yards after first contact. The Texans got steamed part of it was the quarterback change.

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A highlight from Hour 4: Richard Johnson & Spencer Hall

The Paul Finebaum Show

08:39 min | 18 hrs ago

A highlight from Hour 4: Richard Johnson & Spencer Hall

"Again, we're repeating the big story of the day. She frees about to be officially named as the auburn football coach. Remember, he was at old miss. He was named the coach at all miss in time for the 2012 season, he started 6 and 6 there. And it was in 2013 that he really got the attention of the country when two days before national signing day when there were all kinds of allegations making the rounds. He sent out a tweet saying, if you have facts about a violation, email, email compliance, at almost dot EDU, if not, please don't slander the young men or insult their families, his first recruiting class there included was right 8th nationally and included Robert Kim dietschy and Laramie tunsil as well as Tony Connor. And that began really an unbelievable series of controversies where she freeze could never quite outrun the allegations, but one thing he did do was knock off Nick Saban in 2014 with college game day and Katy Perry there. It's one of the most famous upsets in SEC modern history. He repeated it the next year in Tuscaloosa and finished a year going to the sugar ball, but it was in 2016 when it all started to unravel when it was later reported after as Dan wetzel said a number of allegations kept coming up in the school tried to tamp down all the allegations telling any reporter that would listen and some who got tired of listening that they had not done anything wrong. It was in January of 2016 that you freeze called a Florida based escort service from his university issued cell phone, the call was discovered in the Houston nut case by nuts attorneys and it was a few weeks later that old mis received its first notice of allegations and it would remember the 19 2016 draft on Laramie tunsil had his Twitter accounts hack. That started out that opened up another investigation and a Syria almost ended up going 5 and 7 in 2016, including a two and 6 SEC mark to finish last in February of 2017, the school received a second notice of NCAA violations. In June of 2017, they responded and it was on July 20th, July 20th, 2017, when news broke that Hugh freeze had resigned as the owners had football coach, it was reported a couple of days later of the much more allegations he eventually was hired by liberty and today it seems like the announcement imminent that he will be officially hired as the auburn head football coach. Pat is up next. Good afternoon, pat. Hi, Paul and thank you for taking my call. Thank you before I get to my point. I just want to tell you that legend is the greatest scholar. He just makes me smile. Anyway, I wanted to get on to say that I think the auburn family is not against T phrase. We were just for Cadillac. And as long as Cadillac can stay on and play a major role, I think we will coalesce around Q three. And you know, all these things about past and discretion, I don't know what they were, but he who has no sin should the first stunning and really that's all I have to say, but thank you for listening, Paula, lucky. Joe is up next. Hello, Joe. Rosa ropo. You know what? We worried about who you've raised going auburn, Paul. I'm in for one thing. He ain't gonna buy Alabama chicks. I mean, he might go to auburn the best thing he's gonna do is buy a goat. How much we ain't worried about them both. Let's talk about this right here. How about we just kick auburn rotten or that gum? And Paul, we keep them three years in a row. They can count it. We got lucky last year. It wasn't lucky. We'll just get the fan their money's worth. But we kicked our butt power and you know it. We kicked their butt, Paul. And there ain't no way. They should keep Alabama out of the playoffs this year. You got to look at strength, strength of schedule. Who is D.C. can you play? I mean, they've made play with their sale, but they ain't really played nobody, Paul. I mean, Alabama, I mean, you look at who we play. We got two losses. Last play of the game, ball. I mean, all night. There's no way. I will put Alabama at two right now. And hey, in a neutral side, we could meet Georgia head to head. But as it is, you know, I'm going to give it the probably is the best team right now out there. But I'm going to say this right here. And the words of our man, Paul, what are you scored 49 bullets? On auburn. There's thing there, half a hundred pow in the lord's of our man. Do you see what I'm saying? I mean, Paul, I mean, Alabama is the best team out there besides just short of George. And we can meet them. You know, you know we can meet a ball. I mean, who's better? You think going out of state is going to be this? I mean, no house they ain't played the team's loop. I don't think oh, I'll take a big Vanderbilt to be unsolved. And you know what? Well, I'm sorry I didn't make it down to such collusion this weekend. My sister was there. And I'm sorry she didn't see it wasn't able to get more you, but she was going to hover at you. You know, she got around, you know. But the thing about it is, Paul, three years in a row. How many number of days is that? That's almost a thousand. It's going to be over a thousand time. We go to open and whoop their butt up there at that cow pastor pole. It's only disaster in the pasture all over again next year, Paul. And I don't care, I hope we make the playoffs, and we deserve to play out. And this guy has football playoff. The committee, they need to seriously consider Alabama. If you watch how we played Saturday, we could be anybody, Paul. Anybody. I appreciate it's called Jim is up next. Jimmy there. Yeah, I mean, I didn't hear you, man. Yeah, well, you're on. Thank you. I appreciate it. I appreciate you taking my call. I hope it's significant because I'm going to tell you something. I really mean this. You know, I mean that and significant boob, the calls himself named himself legion, a legend should be tackling legion, parliament. I don't call anybody anymore food unless I know their food. I don't know if he's a food. But that guy, he sounds more like an insane foo than anybody I've ever heard in America. Period. The guy is he's jealous of me. That's obvious. But what do you call it, did he call? I know he called him me a freak and that stupid monologue he had while ago. Who was he calling he frees a freak? Is that what he would call? Yeah, that's exactly what he was saying. Well, there you go. That's the kind of guy. Look, I know your show is built now on mostly sensationalism by mostly large and pumps like him. I mean, I shouldn't say that. But 50% or more of people like him listen to the show and call the show and say the most false propaganda you can imagine and he's the king of it. That's the only thing he's good at is line propaganda. I thought the doctors about people like him. Hey, I think he is without a doubt clinically insane. He has a phone you have that is absolutely insane, Paul. You know, you had to say it, you like him because some of these

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A highlight from Hour 2: Dan Wetzel

The Paul Finebaum Show

08:49 min | 19 hrs ago

A highlight from Hour 2: Dan Wetzel

"Have some breaking news out of auburn as we have been pointing to all afternoon long, various media reports are now saying that you freeze has been hired by auburn university to be its next head football coach, this has been pointing for at least 48 hours ever since slain kiffin bout out. All eyes on Hugh freeze. It took the school a little bit longer than originally expected exactly what they were vetting. We are not certain, but several officials have told us this afternoon that they feel extremely comfortable with the process and an announcement could be momentarily Dan wetzel joining us from Yahoo always great to have Dan on to so many things to talk about, but Dan, as we say hello to you, let's get your immediate reaction is now we are very close to an official announcement by auburn. They Hugh freeze, yes, as you freeze, is going to be its next head coach. Good afternoon, your reaction. Any time the southeastern conference can get a little bit crazier, I'm in favor. I'm in favor. It's a win for its win. Welcome back, coach free. I mean, it's probably inevitable, didn't it? It did, yes. Why not? Why not? Why not? No one ever said they've said a lot of things about hubris. No one ever said he couldn't coach football. That was not one of them. Yes. I mean, look, it depends on what auburn really cares about. Look, the phone numbers on the cell phone, some people care. Many people don't kind of more of a marital situation to me than anything else. So I don't really care. The NGA violations, those don't apply anymore and pretty much do whatever the heck you want. So that's not really an issue. The one that's always stuck with me with old misses had and Hugh freeze is when they knew they were going to get in a lot of trouble for the NCA violations in like 2016. They engaged in an entire media campaign to pin it all on Houston nut and say it was all of the violations are all going to come from Houston nuts tend to own this. And thus, there were not going to be significant sanctions on the Ole miss program. And they told the players that they told their recruits that they told the parents that they took high school coach off the record they told tons of media to get repeated and repeated. And that proved to be completely false, almost all of the violations occurred under Q three and Hugh freeze knew that. Houston not ended up suing. Saying, I want that. I want an apology. You free to give an apology. If you just give them an apology, that brought palm Mars, the attorney in on it. He's the one who searched through the records and found the phone call. So the escort services, otherwise, few freeze might have still been an old myth, and no one would even know what he was doing. So it's kind of wild, but I don't really care about that. I care about here's a guy who just blatantly lied to all of his players and officer recruits and all the families and all of that. It didn't really care. Because back then, you remember those transfer rules, you could put restrictions on the transfer. He just wanted to sign kids, it was very, very, very deceptive. And that always to me told me more about Q freeze the coach than anything that happened while he was whatever he was doing in his spare time. So Dan, let me make sure let me make sure the audience understands that because a lot of people. Were glued to the NCAA investigation and then all of a sudden on a July 6th evening, we get the bulletin that all misses fire is huge free. So it was because of that revelation was it not and not the NCAA. I think you resigned because I don't know if it's whatever fire design, I believe you reside. Yeah. Yeah, that's why he resigned, not because of the NCA thing. But the issue was that and they ended up apologizing to Houston and settled the lawsuit on this, but there was a whole campaign and they talked. I mean, their stories of like, you know, they're telling recruits, no, nothing's going to happen. We're not going to get busted. Was this only hue freeze or were there other people involved? No, there were other people involved at the university and things like that. It was this is how the ten year ended, but that's what brought Houston nuts and Houston nuts attorney in on it that actually uncovered. The whole thing was a mess. But look, it's not the first athletic department school or coach or anything else to mislead recruits suppliers, but to me that was always a far more telling than I don't really care what the guy does on his spare time, right? And so I don't think all of them liberty did. I mean, all this stuff ought to come out because I mean, this is. The revelation showed up in this lawsuit, am I correct? That he was using a university phone and that's how and that's what that's what brought on the investigation. Am I correct? Right. You should have Tom Mars on old Houston nuts old attorney. But yes, that was it. They sued Houston not sued old myth. Saying, hey, you know, there are all these stories saying it was all my fault and it wasn't. And so there was all this confusion. But it was a very, very confusing time and there was a lot of misled, there's all sorts of stories of misled players, misled parents, misled things. So, but again, I presume auburn looked into that and it's fine with it. And then hopefully it's a different thing. But most of the stuff that you would say, hey, you can't hire. You freeze so it's all not even an issue anymore. So I think he's a very good football coach. And he certainly will be a very interesting. He'll make off and very interesting again, very good. But at the time that this was going on, he was clearly shattering NCAA rules, which came out in that investigation. However, he moved on. He went to the liberty. And what we hear now is what you are saying. He's a great football coach. He beat Nick Saban twice. And he's now been hired under he's now reportedly been hired by auburn. What does this say about auburn and what does this mean? I don't know. I'd have to hear what auburn is going to say on why they hired him, but I mean, I think auburn also went football games like everybody else. So here's a guy that can do it. I don't necessarily have a problem with I don't know whether that type of stuff matters to recruits or matters to families or not. Like I said, it wouldn't be the first football coach that ever mislead or lie to a player. So maybe it doesn't really matter maybe it does. I don't know. But I'm not one of these people that think we need to like got off these coaches and be like, I need the greatest leader of men in this infallible person to be my head coach. It's just like, can the guy win this games? That's what he's here for. And I think Q three is going to win them games. So my guess is that's what it says about auburn, but I wouldn't be able to look into the soul of an entire university based on who they hire as their football creation. And Dan, I really hate to ask this next question because I grew up like you ahead of you reporting things that I thought mattered. I thought it mattered that college athletics had an integrity, but it doesn't seem like it really does have integrity anymore. So does any of this stuff matter? Well, yes, like I said, what put old miss on postseason bands for a couple of years and put the sanctions and all of that that went down. You could easily work around now. I don't remember all these specific things, but other than perhaps academics, which may or may not have been in there. You still kind of have to do that. But everything else is just let's have at it. Let's stop pretending this isn't happening or it's only happening at this school and not the other school. These schools are never bidding against nobody, right? So this is always there were never really white hats and black ass in college football. It's just all a shade of gray.

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Auburn hires Freeze, 'the best fit,' as next coach

The Paul Finebaum Show

00:42 sec | 19 hrs ago

Auburn hires Freeze, 'the best fit,' as next coach

"Role in helping his rehabilitation. And I think auburn's got a hell of a coach. You know, I've always been in the hue freeze. Train. And I think they got the best available coach out there. What do you think? Well, first of all, as far as what we're all we played, it all stems from that conversation that evening I spent with him, as you know, August. You've heard me tell the story. I did see something unique that night, and we decided to let him come on a couple of weeks after that, or whenever it was, and he's come back a number of times. And he's a very soft spoken. Decent man when he's talking about things of importance, like his faith,

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Michigan, Alabama And TCU discussed on The Paul Finebaum Show

The Paul Finebaum Show

03:53 min | 20 hrs ago

Michigan, Alabama And TCU discussed on The Paul Finebaum Show

"We made it to Monday final one in November and thanks for being a part of our show today. Man, do we have a lot to do as we get ready for the SEC championship later in the week, speculation about coaches and that's where we begin before we get to our phone calls, but first, a lot to talk about in relation to the weekend and let's talk about it right now as we share with you some headlines. How about Michigan? Did I read that Rick? Michigan has completely turned this rivalry upside down. The wolverines with a huge win and setting up yet another playoff appearance by Jim Harbaugh. Is the field already said, Georgia Michigan TCU and southern cow? Well, maybe not, we'll talk about it as the afternoon goes on, but this is what the rankings did look like. They are sure to change with Ohio State moving out of the top four Michigan moving in the number two position, TCU will likely move up. LA shoe will move out. Expect southern Cal to be at number four and then the debate is on between Alabama and Ohio State. Does Alabama have a shot at getting back in the playoffs if chaos in carnage range? Speaking of all of that, the auburn coaching search is still alive at the 3 o'clock Eastern Time hour. Lane kiffin said, forget about it. I'll stay where I am and now all eyes are on hue freeze. You heard me correctly. Hugh freeze is the name of the moment. There's a lot of pushing and pulling. We expect we could learn something this afternoon on that front. Do not go anywhere. And if you went to bed early, you'd better have waited until the middle of the night, but David Shaw, one of the most respected names in coaching out after 12 years at Stanford, a disastrous finish for David Shaw once considered among the very best coaches in the game. In the iron bowl, remember that game they talk about 365 days a year in Alabama. Well, last home game for Bryce, young, and will Anderson, I know that they were not honored on senior day, but you can pretty well bet. They have seen their last service at Brian Denny and will they play again in a bowl game as a question many at Alabama are asking today. And the upset of the weekend, maybe of the millennium. I'm just exaggerating there, but why not? When talking about the Shane train, two top ten wins in a row, one over Tennessee derailing their title hopes and how about the gut punch to dabo Sweeney saying that you don't deserve to be in the playoffs and we're going to make sure you don't get in winning that rivalry game for the first time since 2013 when the coach was Steve spurrier. Remember Nick Saban asking and saying, wouldn't it be great if we had parity in college football where it looks like we do finally have some parity coach Sabin, Alabama hanging on by a thread of its title hopes, probably not going to happen. Clemson knocked out. We are going to see a CFP more than likely without Clemson in Alabama for the first time. And maybe no Ohio State either depending on what happens this weekend. So things are changing and it's all because of the transfer portal. It makes the games a lot more equitable. We have a very strong possibility of two first year coaches, we mentioned Lincoln Riley and sunny dykes in the playoff for the first time.

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A highlight from  Purdue has a massive weekend at the Phil Knight Legacy Tournament, the UConn Huskies the new favorites in the Big East and UNC is floundering to start the season.. again (College Basketball 11/28)

CBS Sports Eye On College Basketball Podcast

04:18 min | 1 d ago

A highlight from Purdue has a massive weekend at the Phil Knight Legacy Tournament, the UConn Huskies the new favorites in the Big East and UNC is floundering to start the season.. again (College Basketball 11/28)

"Why produce should be ranked, the bullet makers are now 6 no with four wins over top 60 kid palm teams, including double digit victories over the teams that were number two and number 7 in the preseason AP poll as a result. I've moved Purdue up to number three in the top 25 and one behind only Texas and Houston. Calvin, what do you make of Purdue? Blasting everybody to win the Phil knight legacy. Really, really impressive stuff from Purdue over the weekend. Zach Edie is completely unstoppable. That was my, that was my big takeaway from watching Purdue against duke. I think it was more impressed by duke than it was impressed by produce, excuse me, than it was concerned about duke. To me, I think there are some concerns about duke and we can probably get to those in a bit, but what Purdue did this week was really impressive and I think eye opening kind of adjust expectations accordingly because coming into the season did not think that Purdue was a team that was ranked inside the top 25, not sure that they had a roster that validated as much. But Zach Edie is so good and the pieces around him fit so well that I think Purdue absolutely has to be in that conversation, obviously. And I mean, he was making Derek lively a top three recruit from last year, look like Jalen Durham, like too little, like 7 foot one, 230 pounds. He's looking too little out there. And it is a monster and just the way that he moves is so it makes it hard for officials to officiate him. It makes it hard for 7 foot one, 230 pound sinners who are probably going to be top ten picks to defend him. And if Purdue is going to play this way, I think you have to adjust expectations Purdue is going to be a team that's going to be a factor in the Big Ten title race this season. And we're going to get to duke's struggles specifically Derek lively struggles in a moment. But this Purdue thing is really interesting. You're exactly right, that if you took a deep dive into the roster that Matt painter was bringing back this season, it did not suggest top 25 team. But the reason I ranked Purdue in the preseason top 25 and one, I had them 24th is because even if the roster didn't look top 25 good, the coach undeniably is. Like, again, I had Purdue 24th in the preseason top 25 and one. Got asked about it all the time. Because Purdue lost for the top 7 scores from last season's team, among them Jade naive trivia and Williams enrolled zero top 75 high school prospects, zero heralded transfers. But I still ranked Purdue because of my painter. I literally wrote all off season from April to November that Matt painter quote deserves the benefit of the doubt based on the consistent consistency with which he runs his program. And that was backed up by the fact that Purdue has finished top 25 at Ken palm in 7 straight years. Doesn't matter who comes who goes as long as Matt painters there. The 7 consecutive years they've finished top 25 at Ken pal. Been the 7th straight NCAA tournament. It's been to four of the past 5 sweet 16s. So if you're going to blindly believe in some program, that's the type of program to blindly believe in. And so I decided to believe in Purdue and so far, it's proven to be a good decision. As I pointed out on Twitter, yesterday, this Purdue team has a starting lineup with 5 guys, all of whom were ranked outside of the top 90 of

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A highlight from Hour 3: Laura Rutledge, SEC Nation

The Paul Finebaum Show

06:18 min | 3 d ago

A highlight from Hour 3: Laura Rutledge, SEC Nation

"The season. We saw a few more shows on Friday don't forget that. We're in Tuscaloosa for the iron bowl and we just had a great first half with so many important guests. We covered the lane kiffin story with Chris Lowe in case you weren't with us, Chris Lowe's believes it's down to lane kiffin and Hugh freeze for the auburn job decision perhaps as early as Sunday or Monday we are joined by Ashley Woods. I think making put your 5th appearance on the program, former crimson and white editor who is now with the 1956 magazine and Blake byler from the crimson and white great to see both of you, Blake, since you, this is your first appearance, good afternoon. And what's it like this week? What has it been like this week on campus getting ready for the iron bowl? Yes, sir. It's been good. There's a lot of energy around campus, the arm roll is always an exciting time of year. There's that really big, just the hatred, honestly, between fan bases that you really can't miss with the end state rivalry and just a lot of excitement around the game. Ashley, you've seen a few. The critics, the pundits like me are not describing this as one of the most intense meetings, what do you think of this season finally coming to a regular season finally coming to an end tomorrow? And what's the season been like? Yeah, I've covered a few iron bowls. I was at the oath of four OT thriller last year, I had to publish recovering that. Anytime Alabama and auburn meet, whether no matter how their seasons win, it's always a fight. They're always going to play their hardest. So I'm expecting a pretty tough game. I'm expecting Cadillac Williams to bring his team prepared and I'm expecting Nick Saban to also have his team prepared for tomorrow because they don't like each other like Blake said and they don't want to lose, they don't want to lose this game. This game is very important to both sides. So I'm expecting a tough game. Blake, maybe those of us in the media make too much out of this season, it's still a good season by any anyone's else's standards other than Alabama's. What's it been like on campus to see 5 games come down to the final couple of seconds, four of those on the final play to see Alabama, lose a couple of games for the most part, be knocked out of the national championship race. I mean, it's been really different, honestly, because you'd think the last couple of years when Alabama had quarterbacks, such as two a tongue by law and Mac Jones, Alabama has been used to blowing teams out by 2030 points throughout the season. Not a lot of close games unless it's against maybe a Georgia and the SEC championship or a close playoff game. So I think just from the perspective of students on campus, they're not really used to it. A lot of people are a little, I would say, probably nervous when it comes to all of the close games. A lot of my friends have told me their hearts can't really take another close game. But I think they're excited. I still think obviously there's a lot of energy behind the iron bowl and any time you have Alabama and auburn playing, it's going to be a really exciting game. I know a lot of fans are hoping the Alabama can just take care of business and maybe cover the spread win by a couple touchdowns, but who knows the lot of things can happen. Actually, in terms of the disappointment this year, is it felt on campus or students a little bit more resilient than us adults? That is a little bit of disappointment on campus like we're used to high powered offensive teams that were blowing out other teams by 20, 30 points. So I think a lot of the fans are used to seeing that and they're a little disappointed that a lot of games have come close and we've lost games, Alabama's lost games, maybe that they should have won. So I think it's a general error disappointment by do you think that a pretty excited about tomorrow's game with the downhill coming up? Blake, I don't know what's happened to me guys. I apologize. I'm not used to Alabama losing either. I actually would buy with us two young student reporters. Blake, let's talk about Nick Saban for a second because I had the privilege of covering the end of beer Bryant's tenure and as a young person a couple of years older than you. I was like, I can't believe I'm getting to witness this. What is it like for a young person to be witnessing the greatest coach in college football history? It's honestly surreal. And I feel that surrealness every time I'm like maybe in a press conference room or getting to be close and watch what I would consider the greatest coach of all time. For example, when I was growing up, 2009, Alabama's first championship under Nick Saban, I was just 7 years old. And so my entire life, I've grown up I grew up in Birmingham, so I grew up watching Alabama and all I've known is Saban's dominance on the college vlog gridiron. So just to be in the same room as him getting to watch and see up close kind of how he speaks the way he carries himself. It's really surreal to be able to be close to a program like that. Ashley, when you hear some talk or maybe there is a shifting of the tide, not to use the pun, you got Kirby smart over there with a championship, one of the proteges, deep, the most successful protege. Do you sense that or are we still a little bit too close to the sun here in trying to figure all this out? Yeah, I do sense that there may be a little bit of a shifting of the tide and not to use the fun like you just did. But I'll take some credit for it. There is a little bit of a shift, I think a lot of that has to do with NIL and the transporter that's allowing students to kind of restart their college careers at different places. So maybe it's maybe there's a little bit of a shift. I'm not sure if it's happening so rapidly as we were trying to put out. Maybe you'll still take a little couple of years to really see if the tide is shifting, but I do sense a little bit like the competition becoming more spread out where it's not just Alabama and the rest of the field. What you said, Blake, a couple years ago, the games weren't even close. It was like, this is not even fair. And now it's gotten to be too fair. If you're Alabama fan, let me talk to both of you before you go. I guess this is the elder and may wanting to know what young reporters and editors are doing with themselves. I know you're the assistant at the school paper Blake. Where are you in school? And what's left for you?

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A highlight from Hour 4: Cole Cubelic, SEC Network

The Paul Finebaum Show

05:10 min | 3 d ago

A highlight from Hour 4: Cole Cubelic, SEC Network

"Our final hour of the Friday after Thanksgiving. We say, who are you again? It's been a great show and we're not done yet. Cole cubic joining us next. He is in Nashville. Covering the Tennessee Vanderbilt game and we want to ask him about that, but also want to get his thoughts on the iron bow and the Cadillac situation. Cole, thanks for the time. As always, let's talk about your game first. And especially trying to figure out which of these two programs is they meet in the middle of the night, good afternoon. Good afternoon, Paul and good to be with you. I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving and had all the kale salad that your heart desired. So what gives tomorrow with this Tennessee program, which was the biggest story in college football last Saturday night. I think it comes down to leadership on, I think this team's got a lot of it, even without hindon hooker, I think this is a team that has a lot of young men that have played a lot of football together, even Joe Milton has been one of the leaders of this football team. This offensive line led by Darnell Wright javonte braggins, upperclassmen, that have played a lot of football there in Knoxville, defensively. They had Jeremy banks out last week. He potentially going to be back to be able to help that side of the football this week and facing the team that's not going to be able to operate. I don't think in the same way that South Carolina could last week. I don't think Vanderbilt is as deep at wide receiver. I don't think they're as capable at quarterback as far as this top end talent and ability that South Carolina was. Now Vanderbilt can do some different things. Obviously, quarterback mobility with Mike right could be very different, but I just think this comes down to mindset leadership. There's still been around the program this week talking to guys trying to keep guys motivated. And Tim wins the big deal. We don't spend a ton of time talking about it anymore because we focus on what you just mentioned. The college football playoff, but I still think a lot to play for in rocky top. Here as we wrap up this regular season. And Cole speaking of a lot to play for, we're here at the iron bowl and I do want to get your thoughts on all of the noise about lane kiffin and measuring that to what Cadillac Williams has been doing here. Nobody has brought this story to the nation's eyes more vividly and more compellingly than you have over the last few weeks. Your thoughts on where we are right now. Well, I'll start with kind of like Paul and we had him on my show in Birmingham with Greg mcelroy on Wednesday and he continued to amaze me with his transparency. And a little bit of that may just be that he's green. He hasn't been in these situations, has had to answer these questions before, but just the honesty, the openness, the lack of coach speak that you get. When you talk to Cornell Williams, it brings you no surprise that the players on that football team are reacting to him the way that they are. And it just his ability to be matured and how he handles certain situations, the conversations he told me about that he's had with some of the players. It's pretty apparent that that effort has been different. And obviously, will friend, I kill you, have done a good job reevaluating and re scheming some things offensively. And of course, just metting. I think he's altered a little bit defensively to be able to give auburn a better chance. I don't know realistically what the chances are that Cornell could end up as auburn's head football coach. I know there is a vast majority of auburn fans that would have no problem with it and a lot of them would absolutely love it. Just based on what he's done to the culture, what he's done to the attitude and the demeanor of that football team. Now, there will be a lot that would go along with it that he has not experienced. You get in the middle of a football season, Paul. A lot of the organizations already taken care of what your practice schedule is going to look like. What your travel schedule is going to look like. Your depth chart. And these tinkered with a few of those things changed a few of those things. Obviously, they've locked arms coming out of the tunnel chip Williams been more involved with the football team, but you get to the off season. That's where things really changed. And that's what you have to have an idea of how this league works, how college football works. And if the right people were put around him, I think he'd be just fine handling it. Now, does John Cohen want to go that direction? I don't really believe so. As far as lane giffen's concern up, I'm not sure where that thing is. You know, you look at what he's done in Oxford, obviously a wonderful place to coach football with what they have in praise glove correct the grove collected, excuse me. It looks like they're getting things put in order. You obviously have your staff built. You have one games there. You want ten games or season ago, and I've never been done in the regular season. So that'd be walking away from a lot that you had already constructed, and I can imagine that internally, that would be a very difficult decision, no matter where it was, you were going to go coast if it was going to be somewhere else. Let's look at this realistically from an old miss standpoint. Everything you said is correct. And I know how they feel about lane, because we've been there a couple of times this year. And as you have. But what a disastrous finish. It's hard to imagine where this program was a couple of weeks ago and where it ended up and at some point you got to blame lane kiffin for that, don't you? He's the head coach. And I think he would tell you a lot of that's on him and he would take the blame for how his team showed up and how his team played. I don't think it was all miserable. I had a lot of folks saying, oh wow, the attitude around lane kiffin was a really changed after the Arkansas game and they put 700 yards of offense.

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A highlight from Hour 2: Taylor Hicks, Recording Artist

The Paul Finebaum Show

06:15 min | 3 d ago

A highlight from Hour 2: Taylor Hicks, Recording Artist

"It's time tomorrow. We'll be just turning into the second quarter as the iron bowl weekend has arrived in Tuscaloosa, a lot to do the remainder of the show. We've been here an hour, talk to Tebow and a couple of other people in the first hour and we're going to take some more phone calls here and Jay is up next in South Carolina. Hello Jay. How are you doing, Paul? We are doing great. Thank you. Good. I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving, I hope it's a start to a joyous holiday season. Happy Hanukkah have you and your family celebrate. But my question is this. And I don't look for this to happen. At all, but I mean, these are kids anything can happen. So what happens if technium somehow gets a win tomorrow against LSU and in LSU turns around and beats Georgia? Does unless you get in as the SEC champion? I would say no. I think they would be disqualified for having three losses. I don't think they could make that up unless there's always the caveat of total and absolute carnage. But I would say the likelihood of them getting in would be pretty slim. Right, right. Okay. Well, I enjoy your show and I look forward to a good football weekend and just hope you have a joyous holiday season. Thank you very much. Great to hear from you. Tim is up next in Pennsylvania. Hello, Tim. Let me try Andrew next in Virginia. Hey Andrew. Oh, thanks that the folks, the Clemson tide fans, are a static of what Nate Oates did last night when you take down Tom izzo and Michigan state. I mean, that's solid. You have any thoughts on that. Well, yeah, I think in particular, the backstories that Tom Oates exceed coach has always been one of the mentors of NATO's from top nizzo has always been one of the mentors of Nate's being in the high school coach in the Detroit area. So that's a big deal. I'm not trying to take anything away from the wind, but this is even though Michigan state got off to a good start. This is not a vintage Michigan state team, but hey, thanks for the call. Let's try Howard next in Tennessee. Hello, Howard. sir? We are doing well. Thank you. Great. I just have a question about standing, sir. As you're aware, we did beat Alabama. We did beat LSU. And we played a total of 5 rate teams this year. No matter if it was in the beginning, Kentucky was good, but now they're not so good, so they're not ranked very well. But at whatever certain time we did defeat teams into that being Alabama and LSU and just trying to figure out how they are ranked above us right now and even organisms above us when everybody claims from what everybody says that it's the stronger conference out there. How are we right to lower even than Oregon? Well, Michael, let me explain it for you. Hold on a second because when you get blown out by our team like South Carolina, you're going to take a fall and all that other stuff. Calculates into the equation, but it doesn't, it doesn't wipe away the very last thing that the people on the committee saw. Mike is up next in Fort Worth. Hey Mike. Yeah, I see you still harping on TCU a part. Let me tell you where you're wrong on this. Now, if the way the standings are now, two and three play in the semifinal, which is probably going to be TCU and Ohio State of TCU window. TCU is not I see you compare TCU a lot to Cincinnati. It's a different story. TCUs in a power 5 conference, the competition that was a little tougher than the Cincinnati was playing when they played Alabama. When they played out of Alabama, they had death blow, they were playing power 5, or they were playing, they weren't playing. Slow down just a second, Mike, because first of all, you're entitled to be a fan of the horned frogs, but when you act like the power of 5 matter, don't forget one thing last year, Cincinnati went to South Bend and beat Notre-Dame and that's a pretty big power 5 matchup. So giving me a bunch of top 25 wins in the big 12, I watched the Baylor Texas game today. I wasn't impressed by either team. And TCU, I hope they keep winning. I would really like to see the TCU fans get to deal with either in Ohio State or Georgia. And I will make you a prediction, you won't be pretty Mike, so enjoy their enjoy your big matchup tomorrow with Iowa state or Iowa, junior college, whoever is on your schedule, and then you can play the resurgent Kansas state wildcats next week and in the big 12 championship. You've got a tub. And then you call me back later and until then flap your gum somewhere else. Thanks, thanks for the call. Scotty is up next. Go right ahead, Scotty. You're on the air. How are you doing? We're doing great. Thank you. All right, listen here. Kim, if I'm thinking wrong, the coach, that laying kiss and when he has a Tennessee with team, is that the one team Martin quarterback and kind of got Tennessee and a little bit of the hot water. Hold on. Slow down. Tim Martin left after the 1998 season. Lane kiffin was there in 2009. Okay. Okay. But delaying kiff and kind of get Tennessee and a little bit of a hot water, then take off out west and get a woman in California teams and I'll try to answer your question. Assuming lane kiffin and Ed owes you on, we're looking to by the NCAA augeron was his chief recruiter. There were some allegations that had nothing to do with why lane kiffin left. He left because he was offered the southern Cal job when Pete Carroll went to the NFL.

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A highlight from Hour 1: Live from The Iron Bowl

The Paul Finebaum Show

02:32 min | 3 d ago

A highlight from Hour 1: Live from The Iron Bowl

"We're live in Tuscaloosa and you know what weekend this is as we say who do you hope everybody had a great Thanksgiving, but it's the final Friday of the regular season and that could only mean one thing in the southeastern conference. The iron bowl, this time in Tuscaloosa, you just heard the clip from last year for overtimes. Oh, crazy game. And Tim Tebow joins us as we begin the program on the day after, so much going on right now and Tim just I was talking to you all here about another rivalry which we'll see tonight, Florida and Florida state, but the iron ball does not need a description other than incredible. It really is. You know what? And in a time of Thanksgiving, I gotta say, I'm thankful for all these rivalry games and rivalry weekend. It is just so much fun. It's such a fan of the game, a fan of all these teams and young men. I mean, the excitement that's taking place right now in games that are being played all the way for the next, you know, 30 hours or so, it's gonna be really fun to be able to watch all these games and I just think it's important to sit back, relax after a little turkey and enjoy all these games. And speaking of rivalry games, let's start with last night, a lot of people did not expect that ending where there's lane kiffin trying to engineer a two point conversion. What was your takeaway from state and OMS? I think to start, give a lot of credit to Mississippi, especially their defense, the physicality in which they played with. The way that their offense made plays in the second half, but their defense is what kept them in it for so long, and their defense is really what won it for them over and over and over again. We've seen that defense this year play physical against some of the best teams in the country against Georgia. Their defense was dominant against misses last night, their defense was dominated. So many games you have seen one of the best defenses in the country that just doesn't get talked about and I want to give them a lot of credit because they deserve it. They've rose to the occasion even in losses over and over again and their offense came up with just enough plays and although they had a chance to put it away. They made a mistake, but the defense still held. And I know a lot of you are asking, what are you going to tell us something about lane kiffin, not yet? We will talk to Chris Lowe in just a couple of minutes to has been all over that story about what exactly is going on. Lane kiffin said after the game that he is likely to remain at all missed, but a lot of people today, Tim, obviously, are just wondering about this is what coach kiffin had to say last night. Lane with the regular season over now,

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A highlight from PK85 update from Norlander from Portland; Arizona wins Maui; weekend picks/preview (College Basketball 11/25)

CBS Sports Eye On College Basketball Podcast

03:00 min | 4 d ago

A highlight from PK85 update from Norlander from Portland; Arizona wins Maui; weekend picks/preview (College Basketball 11/25)

"Com. Preseason number one team in the country still undefeated, but they don't look anything like the best team in the country. It's been one so so performance after another so far this season. It has been good morning. Happy Black Friday to you GP happy Black Friday. Watching on YouTube. Yeah, and we're listening. You can hear my voice at obviously three hours behind. We went Gonzaga, thankfully. We're not going to talk zags on this podcast. And right now, this rolled thank you Gonzaga for not making that an interesting game. That 8 a.m. podcast, when you're on the West Coast, the rest of us don't care. I remember, I think it was last year maybe. Year before, I get a note from the great people at CBS sports headquarters and they're like, hey, can you do a 10 a.m. eastern hit tomorrow morning live from, you know, outside T mobile arena. I'm like, let me do the math on that real quick. That's a 7 a.m.. CBS sports headquarters hit in Las Vegas after a Friday night? I know what you're going through. That's what I'm telling you. No, it's yeah, it's all good. You can see you can see it in my eyes. I woke up no fewer than 25 minutes to go at this point, but I tried to squeeze in as much sleep nobody cares, but it was good Thursday and thank you con saga for not keeping me in that building until the very final buzzer there. UNC got things going against Portland. I was there with that one tipped off on Thanksgiving Thursday. And because I think it got the event going, it's North Carolina. I'm a Portland, was able to make it a competitive game for pretty much 39 minutes. I think it just stirred up a little bit of conversation about, well, this is, you know, this is the number one team, the number one in the rankings. I pointed out on Twitter that you wouldn't see, I think there are 17 or 18. Now, let me refresh this real quick. 'cause the number one in the polls are 19th. Okay, so they are 19 and Ken palm as we record this Friday morning 8 O 5 West Coast time. And they don't look like the best team in college basketball. They haven't looked like the best team in college basketball to this point in the season. And they have not yet. Now this will change in a few hours here, but they haven't played a team from a power conference. Well, it's not like they've clung to the number one lengthening. And narrowly got by PAC 12 team or an SEC team on a neutral court or a Big Ten team. It hasn't been that yet. That's actually coming here now in this tournament. And then they're going to play next Wednesday. And then they're at Virginia tech. So it's going to get pretty interesting in a hurry for UNC. They got an 89 81 one over Portland. Tied a career high with 28 points. Caleb loves shot well from the floor in that game GP. And between Nancy love, they were the reasons they won. Love a 23 armanda baka leaky black bull had 11 RJ Davis had 13, but I did talk to leaky afterward. He expressed gratitude thanks again. He really did enjoy coming on the pod back a few weeks ago, so that was great to talk about.

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A highlight from Hour 3: Roy S. Johnson, AL.com

The Paul Finebaum Show

06:02 min | 5 d ago

A highlight from Hour 3: Roy S. Johnson, AL.com

"Is you freeze being looked over? I mean, look at his record against statement. Why would you not go get you free? Well, I don't have any argument with his record against Nick Saban's. My argument with Hugh frieze is what happened to him at all miss and. Listen, I think you appreciate a good coach. He very well may end up being the next auburn coach. Thanks for the call. Speaking of the auburn job, we want to bring on Roy Johnson, who is a distinguished journalist, he wrote a piece today in a old dot com surprise me, auburn hire the man before the iron bowl Roy Johnson is a columnist for the Alabama media group, he's a Pulitzer finalist. He has an incredible career writing for many publications, including The New York Times. He was once the editor at large at fortune and an assistant managing editor at sports illustrator is also a New York Times bestselling author. He did a number of books one with Magic Johnson and a very famous book with Charles Barkley. Roy, it's been way too long. Good afternoon. Thanks so much for the time. Absolutely. Paul I missed you. It's a great time to be here happy holidays, Happy Thanksgiving to you and everybody else. Well, thank you for being here. I got the notification on your column today and I read it, then I shared it with my friend jamari here. And we were both really impressed. First of all, it did not read like your normal column. It almost read, I thought like a sermon, a sermon to lead auburn to make the decision to hire carnell Williams. I'll get out of your way, but I do want to hear your thought process. Well, Paul, this has been a fascinating thing to observe is you alluded to. I've been covering, I've been a journalist for more than four decades. Most of it covering sports, seeing some fascinating stories from the front row and covered many of them, but I have never seen anything really as compelling as this when they first hired him as the interim. Some folks celebrated all the first black coach at auburn. I stayed out of it and said, look, it's interim, it's great, give them a great opportunity. But I stayed out of the way and allowed my colleagues and others to cover it. And as I watched it unfold, I was like, wow, this young man, this young man is 40 years old, is doing something that nobody expected. Right now, I think auburn officials are sweating bullets because something occurred that they did not foresee and that is the almost immediate fixing of a culture. The urban culture was broken and this young man who is auburn has come in and not just put a band aid on it. He did major surgery and brought back something that I haven't seen at auburn in years. So right now, he is auburn. I made the point that he came in and he fixed the culture. He made these young men believe, not just in themselves, but in their teammates, in their coaches, in a way that auburn fans haven't seen in years, and he did it by being the epitome of what auburn is. When he says, this is our one football. You believe it. When he came in and changed the offense, he may not be writing up all the X's and O's, but he said, we're going to run the ball. We're going to make people fight or quit, and that's Arvind football. You believe it because he is auburn football. And the other night, when he was speaking, and someone asked him, what it would be like if he weren't given the opportunity to be head coach. What he said, my seat does not dictate my service, Paul. I almost got up out of my seat like I was in church on Sunday. That is that line is biblical. My seat does not dictate my service. This man has built a stadium when there were last place teams playing. He has revived a student section that really was almost nonexistent for the entire season. He's brought back former players the way that sidelined was buzzing with former players who wanted to be there who wanted to support him is something that this system that arbor has not seen in years. Look, it can be easy to go out and hire another coach. It would be the expected thing to do. I called it like playing the chalk. You know, just go with the favorite. But why? And then, you know, maybe say we are going to keep him as a co offensive coordinator with pay him some money with grooming. Why grooming for next when you've got now? You've got a very special moment in time where someone has come in and proven that they know this culture more than any other coach who could come in. He is the culture. He could walk into another coach might walk into a recruits living room. And try to persuade mom that, you know, I can take care of your son. Carnell Williams can look at that mom and say, I am your son. Or I was your son. And that look at me now. Look at what I was able to do, not just at auburn, but with my career, and now as a coach, I am your son. That's something no other coach is gonna be able to do. So yes, obviously there are coaches out there and a lot of names have been banned about and you know who they are that are more credential, but sometimes I think people forget lane kiffin was offered the head coaching job of the Oakland Raiders at the age of 31 when he had never been a head coach before. Everyone gets their start. Somebody takes a chance on everyone. And right now, our beneficials have to be looking at this. And the light had to be signed on this to say, look, this is a unique opportunity to

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A highlight from Hour 4: Mike Griffith, DawgNation

The Paul Finebaum Show

07:30 min | 5 d ago

A highlight from Hour 4: Mike Griffith, DawgNation

"Griff on deck and yeah. You talk about turkeys. The dogs. Georgia football helped. Leadership separates. The 12 22 dogs unless you're a national champion. Okay, I believe that. Let's bring in grifter. Everything Thanksgiving, Griff. Good afternoon. How's it going, Paul? Tell us about it. Well, I mean, you've seen it. You've seen it play out all year. We've seen a Georgia team that lost 15 guys to the NFL and 13 guys in the transfer portal that looked like a rebuild or a reload and they just gone out there and beat everyone and you wonder how are they doing it? You know, you look at the awards they've got the butt kiss award finals. There you saw in that picture, jamon Dumas jumped in people saying, who's that? You know, he's been buried on the depth chart. He was behind last year's butt kiss award winner. You got one of the new gursky finalists and Christopher Smith. People are saying, well, who's that? Well, he's playing next to Lucy in the first round pick of the Minnesota Vikings last year. And Jalen Carter, mister Carter, the man that turned around the national championship game with the field goal block and one play later, James cook goes 68 yards and sets bam. Georgia for the touchdown. He's been playing over 40 snaps. Three straight games talking about a guy that's going to be the first non quarterback picked in the NFL Draft and suddenly more stars just keep emerging for Kirby smart, the recruiting, the development, the retention. This has become the model program. And yet, and I realized this was a question that we'll deal with next week. He has what one SEC title in this run? Yeah, yeah, they wanted 2017. They lost to a great Joe burrow team in 2019. Of course, last year, Alabama beat them in Atlanta 41 to 24. And then Bama beat him in a 35, 28 shootout in 2018 in Georgia got left out. The committee, you know, going back to, you know, who is a conference champion, so they put in this Oklahoma team that couldn't stand on the field with Bama. They were done like 28 to zero to a team and 16 minutes. And that's when we learned a little bit about protocol and something for the people that are watching the college football playoff rankings now to keep in mind those conference championship games so important 2020. Georgie gets knocked off by Florida. So to your point, you know, yeah, the SEC championship's tough to win and George is going to have to play an LSU team that's been playing really well on December 3rd in Atlanta. Mike Griffin was Mike. So many things going on around the SEC. There's this fixation on the egg bowl tomorrow night, not so much about the game, but what happens afterwards with lane kiffin? What are you hearing? Yeah, I mean, it's a real clown show. You know, it's just one of those deals. You just cover your eyes and say, how are they going to, you know, it's one of those deals where you see it coming, right? And you know that the two people start going out that you know don't need to be a couple, but here they are, you know, all burning in lane kiffin on a collision course for whatever's going to happen with this deal, but it's been a sideshow. And I feel that's unfortunate for the oldest players. I think it was a distraction to them last week against Arkansas. Clearly Arkansas was the more engaged team. I mean, is entertaining his lane kiffin is. This isn't the time for Twitter hijinks. There's a lot of people in that state that care about this football game. I think lane's done to service to his team by allowing this to become a distraction. You know, this is, you know, this is one of the pitfalls. I mean, there's a lot of fun things about lane kiffin and I think he's a pretty good football coach. And I think he's brought a lot to old mist. I'm just not sure about this pairing with auburn. I'm just, I'm just not convinced that this would be a good direction for auburn to go. But you know what? There's people that have a lot more money invested in this. You know, that make a lot more money that are going to make this decision. They want to make this happen apparently. My sources are saying that kiffin is, you know, right down to the wire, you hearing you freeze and kiffin and it's unfortunate to Cadillac, not getting a little bit more of a run. I would have liked to have seen him finish this out without the distraction and the sideshow that lane kiffin has become, but you know, this is part of lane. And some schools want attention. Some schools need that attention. Right now, maybe auburn wants that sort of attention on their program. And, you know, time will tell how it turns out, if it turns out, the sad part is that if lane doesn't get this, there's going to be a faction of people at old miss that aren't going to be real pleased with how he's handled the last week. Yeah, I mean, that stuff usually goes away quickly, especially when you give him a new contract extension, but I'm more curious about what you don't see as a good fit or connection to auburn. You seem rather dubious of that pairing. Well, I think in the state of Alabama and I think you would agree to this as a former journalist there and talk show host that if a coach doesn't take care of their business off the field, it makes headlines just as quickly as the game winning touchdown on Saturday. There's a different level of scrutiny in the state of Alabama waiting for lane kiff and if he takes this job as a head coach, there was already enough written and said about lane is an assistant coach in Alabama. I'm just not sure that he can stand the test to scrutiny, which is like no other, by the way, in the state of Alabama when it comes to college football and Alabama and auburn and you want to talk about a rock fight and people throwing stones at one another 360 five, you know, 7 days a week. I mean, it's Alabama Aubrey. You never escaped that robber. You wake up with the robbery every day and you go to bed with that rivalry every day and there's people on the outside thinking that their states just like it, it's not. I've lived in different states. I've covered different programs. There's an entirely different level of intensity to Alabama auburn, and these head coaches have to be impeccable. If you don't, they get absolutely drilled and undressed off the field. I mean, my goodness, look at Brian arson, why in the world would I know his vaccination status? And yet that was one of the biggest off season stories and watching him get stalked and followed into buildings. I mean, that just doesn't happen anywhere else, Paul. And I'm just not sure that that's what lane kiffin wants to sign up for. And likewise, I'm not sure that all brown sign up, you know, for a coach that maybe doesn't or wouldn't want to deal with that level of scrutiny. Talking to Mike Griffith, we started with Georgia. We're on auburn. Mike, there's so many other aspects of the SEC as we head into the final couple of weeks. What other story out there are you watching closely and in terms of making news or maybe becoming a big story down the road? Well, this might strike you as odd that Tennessee Vanderbilt, you know, Vanderbilt's won a couple of games. They beat a Kentucky team that didn't appear to be fully engaged in Lexington sounds like an excuse. They'd be in Florida team that didn't appear to take them seriously in national last weekend that may sound like an excuse. Listen, Tennessee is going to be engaged. And if Tennessee and Josh hype will handle this properly, this is a very important finish to the season. I understand tendencies falling out of the college football playoff race. It was a shocking loss to South Carolina and many respects. But if Joe Milton is your guy moving forward, this is the beginning of next year. And I saw this happen at Georgia in 2020. When Georgia lost to Florida. In Jacksonville. And they no longer controlled their destiny for the remainder of the season. The Gators went to the SEC championship game and what was Georgia playing for. Fortunately for Georgia, JT Daniels stepped out of nowhere and put up 400 passage yards in the outlet in Mississippi state. And went on to win the last four games of the season and finished in the top ten and that gave Georgia off season momentum.

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A highlight from Hour 2: Nick Kelly, Tuscaloosa News

The Paul Finebaum Show

06:25 min | 5 d ago

A highlight from Hour 2: Nick Kelly, Tuscaloosa News

"Back here. Check an hour of our show and let's continue with more phone calls. How about Joshua? In Huntsville, Alabama. Hello, Joshua. Hey, how's it going, Paul? We are doing great. Thank you. Wow, okay, long time listener. First time caller, I can't believe I actually got through. So I wanted to throw out my pick who for who I think might be a good coach at auburn. I haven't really heard many people talk about it. I haven't had time to listen to a lot of stuff lately. So I don't know if there's any chatter out there about this or not, but what do you think about Luke fickle from Cincinnati? Well, I think Luke fickle is a phenomenal coach. I don't think he's going to be in the auburn search for this reason. I think for auburn, you need someone who is a good marriage to the SEC and while I think Luke fickle could win anywhere, I just don't think the two necessarily match very well. Okay, all right. Yeah, just based on his success at Cincinnati and I think would be a great coach at Nebraska at Wisconsin. Someplace like that. But I think Mary, a guy like Kim into the south, is a little more complicated. Now, as I say that, I'm sure somebody is thinking, well, isn't Nick Saban from West Virginia by way of the Midwest or Brian Kelly. Both are true, by the way, and both have been successful. I'm just trying to think like auburn is thinking, not like maybe the two of us would be thinking, look fickle would be on his first day, one of the best coaches in the SEC. All right, well, I appreciate you taking my call and getting your take on that. Thank you very much. You call again sometime. Red is an Alabama hello red. I was just called and I was still asking what you left out when greeny was going to ask you about the Big Ten, yet you dogs trained your response. You left that out. I thought it was pretty cool. Yeah, I mean, yeah, my dog started barking when we talked about horrible. I've also trained him to urinate on harbor if he ever sees him. That's hilarious. And. I just want to weigh in on the Cornell situation and there. I think don't get the man just a shot. You know, a year son until a year, our two deal and give him a shot, and he got loose with him, you know? That's just a mom. Well, I think right now, and by the way, an hour from now, we're going to hear from a man who thinks he just ought to be hired and enough of this. So it certainly outside the box. It's not like, you know, we don't we don't know what we'd be getting. We'd be getting an energetic enthusiastic coach who clearly relates to his players. Thanks for the call. Appreciate it very, very much. Robbie is up next. Hey, Robbie. Hey Paul, good afternoon. Thank you for taking my call and Happy Thanksgiving. Thank you. This has been discussed before, but I didn't catch it, has it or Durham's name come up for the auburn job? No. I was just curious, he seemed to be a player's coach and I just thought it might be a decent fit. Well, I think he is a player's coach. I think he's a good, I think he's a successful coach in his own right, but I think there was so much damage done to Eugene's reputation. As he left that rouge that I don't think certainly an athletic director like John Cohen, who was in the SEC during the regime of orgeron, would take a chance on him. Thank you very much for the call. Appreciate it. Let's check out Davis in Wisconsin. Hello Davis. Yes, sir. Paul my dad used to say, never mind the minerals, wait for the whales, and so I'm not going to watch any NFL games. I'm going to watch the egg bowl. And Mississippi state can win at von Hemingway stadium. What kind of bull do you think they'll get? I have a I mean, there are so many bold tie ends with the SEC. They'd get a pretty good ball. I would have to I know that there's a vagus bowl this year that's connected. There's one in there a couple of Florida bowls. There's I'd have to look it up. I really, I don't know off the top of my head, but that's a good question. Thank you very much. And I'll see if I can find out the answer. Dominic. In Florida is up next. Paul, what's up, Paul, man? Paul, I'm just getting over it, man. You was right, Paul. For all the Alabama fans, our team do not deserve to go to no playoffs. So I hope everybody don't get y'all. Dang hoax up for all these scenarios. When we get into prayer, we're going to get beat by 40 with Pete golden as a defensive corner in the offensive coordinator in Alabama history. Paul, I was looking at co savings, top coordinators. And they had major apple writers and his first year was number 8 listed. And they had to bomb build O'Brien 9th. He doesn't it's been, I ain't really read calling all year, but it just frustrates me that if code saving can see this and all the fans, all the former players see this, man. We didn't lost it, man. George is the new Alabama 9 recruit. They ain't having you went and got nobody out the Porter on a roster this year, Paul. Can you tell me what's going on with that? Well, Dominic, I think some things have shifted and doesn't mean they're permanent, but I think Alabama and every time I say this, somebody is going to come back and say, well, there are only two points away from this or three or four points away from that. And he won that, but again, are we watching a changing of the guard? At Paul and I'm going to be honest with you. I'm a realist. 'cause it's your team. Least keep it real.

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A highlight from Hour 1: Pete Thamel, ESPN CFB Analyst

The Paul Finebaum Show

07:23 min | 5 d ago

A highlight from Hour 1: Pete Thamel, ESPN CFB Analyst

"Are here on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving and we appreciate all of you. Being here in the hope you can stick around as long as possible based on what I saw outside. You better off getting in front of the TV and then trying to navigate the shopping mall from grocery stores. Welcome to the show. We will be in touch with elusa on Friday, but right now we are here and ready to go and let's start with some headlines. Georgia and Ohio State Michigan TCU, not much has changed on top of the CFP. If that's identical, that number looks the same next week then we must have missed the Ohio State Michigan game because those two meet, of course, this weekend, LSU, USC now right behind. LSU being ahead of USC is upset some people, but. You're not despair. All of this usually takes care. SEC has four teams in the top ten. Alabama's did they have a chance at number 7? Tennessee went to ten. There are a lot of reactions, but I think one thing that I look at is a Clemson really doesn't have a path in. And I'm not talking about everyone losing every game, but they are really, they've really been stymied. I think it really comes down to a conversation about this LSU get one of those spots should have beat Georgia. I was with mad dog Rus earlier today on first take. He said no. That's about should go to southern Cal. We'll have a conversation about that a little bit later. Also, the Michigan Ohio State loser is that part of the equation as well. The iron bowl is Friday. And this column is getting a lot of conversation raising many eyebrows in the state of Alabama. It dropped around noon today under the heading surprise me auburn higher the man before the iron bowl, the writer is the editor at AL dot com, Roy Johnson, and he is saying dispense with all the nonsense, quit slobbering, he said, over lane kiffin. And holler and hire carnell Williams. We will talk to Roy Johnson later on about that explosive column that came out today. In an iron bowl without the man who used to be the personification of it, Cecil Hart, the legendary columnist, died a year ago today. And we will remember him with one of his closest associates and Friends as well as many of you. Remembering the importance and the contribution that he made and continues to make. On sports journalism in the south and around the country. Pete SAML, he'll join us. Nick Kelly, a little bit later, Roy Johnson. You want to hear that in two hours? And Griff. We begin with JK on Wednesday afternoon hello, JK. What's happening, Paul? We are doing well. Thank you. Hey, man, in the words of the best caller in the last few years or so misses Jerome from Birmingham. Stop this damn foolishness. How about Alabama getting to the playoffs? I just got through listening to this talk show host down here on jocks radio and Birmingham. Still talking about Alabama's path to the playoffs blah blah blah. Yeah, now that Texas is in the top 25 Alabama has another top 25 win. No, they don't. Texas was unranked when they played them. The day they played, Texas and there was unranked the day they played, so this crap about Alabama getting in just stop it. We all know the agenda pushing and wanting to get certain SEC teams and certain teams into the playoffs. It's just a bunch of BS for ESPN for the ratings and for the revenue. We all know that's what it's about. But when are these teams going to get rewarded for winning and these teams that lose, stop getting rewarded for losing? Alabama lost two games. They shouldn't even be in the top ten in my opinion. They're in front of a ten and one team, but they're behind another ten and one team. Explain that. Why are you such a hater, JK? Hey, you don't have enough time in your show the whole week. There is a very narrow, and I mean narrow path, Alabama, and I didn't hear what the guy said that preceded us. Well, the path would be a lot of people losing this weekend. And then continuing to lose next weekend and suddenly you move LSU or Georgia or Clemson or USC. It's not impossible. Just stop it. I mean, I'm not going to spend any time waiting, I'm not going to waste any time on it, but I'm just telling you that it is not impossible. So now the team that got all the 5 stars in college football and the best coaching college football, they are now reduced to other teams feeling for them to be rewarded again. I can make it very simple for you here. Let's say, let's say southern Cal loses this weekend against Notre-Dame or next weekend. Let's say TCU loses next weekend. That's two teams out of the way right now. LA shoes. And then LSU loses the next weekend. That's three teams out of the way. You want to do some math here. 7 versus three. You know it's 7 versus three years. Do you have any idea? Hey, Paul. It's four. You want to move 11 and one team behind? I'm not saying I love you. Who are you talking about? Which 11 or one two? I'm talking about this. I'm talking about the scenario you just laid out for all the team to lose. But what I'm saying is, how can you not reward a conference champion over a team that not even good enough to win a division of 17s, they are not going to play the first membership once again, Alabama could win the big 12. They are not in a big twist. Sometimes you got to broaden your mind a little bit. I mean, I realize you wake up every day hating Nick Saban hating Bama. You have lunch every day, hating Nick Saban, hating Bama. You go to sleep every night, I mean, sometimes you just have to give it up. You're on a losing streak right now trying to talk Alabama off the cliff. Hey, I got a question for you since you asked me one. Did you think Alabama was going to win the FCC this year? Of course. That's not even a legitimate question. I did, yes.

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A highlight from  Week is glorious: Maui delivers, PK85 preview + picks, Battle 4 Atlantis; Vegas gets a Final Four (College Basketball 11/23)

CBS Sports Eye On College Basketball Podcast

05:08 min | 5 d ago

A highlight from Week is glorious: Maui delivers, PK85 preview + picks, Battle 4 Atlantis; Vegas gets a Final Four (College Basketball 11/23)

"Make of what we've seen so far in the Maui invitational because those two semifinal games were both pretty terrific, even if Arizona did pull away from San Diego state late. Yeah, man. This is my basketball comfort food. Shout out to everyone watching live right now as we are in the midst of Thanksgiving week. This was the first Maui tournament in the lahaina civic center in three years. They haven't had it in that glorious high school level kind of gym since 2019 because of the worst pandemic of our lifetime. So I know I've been loving it, man. It's been great. It's been genuinely great to see Maui back and actually Maui. And to get these good games, it does trigger a certain pavlovian response out of me in terms of just Thanksgiving. This time of year, we usually get this tournament usually gives us like at least two pretty good if not great games and we got that. We'll see what happens here on Wednesday. Anyone both watching live or get into the podcast and advance of yes, the 5 eastern tip for the championship game. We'll get to that in just a second. I will actually be GPI fly out of here late today to go to PK 85. We'll also get to PK 85 later on in the show. But I am, I think I'm going to try and leave actually a little bit earlier to ensure I'm in the airport to watch the end of the game in the event that it's actually good because I got to deal with going down fly out of JFK and all that good stuff there. So it's yet another reason why I wish this dam title game wasn't on at 5 eastern because I'll be able to watch the two night ones, I'll be I'll be on a plane. I'll be flying Delta. I presume I'll be able to watch those on the plane. What we've seen how to create and I think is extremely encouraging. And not surprising, I'm one crate and went away from calling this, but they got a tough match up here against Arizona. And I did say creighton would be San Diego state, but obviously SDS, you could not get past Arizona late on Tuesday night. That create an Arkansas game had ten ties, ten league changes, blue Jay shot 50% from three point range, 58.5% from the field, and crate in 6 and O for the first time since 2016. They got three 20 point scores, Ryan M hard, career best 25 points, was tremendous. Call for an R 21 shireman who had his moments there. He had 20. He has wound up being even better than I thought he'd be for creighton and he was certainly among the 5 most notable transfers despite the fact he came from a mid major in South Dakota state. The Bayern sweepstakes were a much buzzed about highly anticipated and it reached a certain point where kraton was the expected destination and certainly to this point in the season. He has lived up to that billing. The game getting three guys with 20 or more points according to creighton sports and information. The first time that's happened for the Jays since March of 2011 in a game versus Davidson there. So big time stuff and it's also the first time creighton's won back to back days against ranked programs they beat Texas tech on Monday. Come back and able to handle Arkansas on a top ten matchup there. So if you're Arkansas, I get the whistle was inconsistent. I actually thought the game was well played enough that I mean there was a point where it was actually pretty it was pretty brutal and I was surprised mustn't outright just rip the floral shirt off and just go hulk on it and expose the spirit chess as he's been prone to do. But I thought overall I create and did deserve to win the game Arkansas played well. Trevor Brazil looks like he could be really one of the breakout players in the country this season. He had 17. Anthony black, who was, you know, on my pre season top three list for freshman of the year. He had 26, Ricky council had 24 black averaging 14, 5 and a half boards four assists right now. Plenty of encouraging signs for Arkansas. Unfortunately, one of Arkansas sandy estate is going to leave Maui, go back to the mainland one and two. It's just donate to the bracken how it's going to break. So neither of those teams want to do that, both those teams are good enough to make second weekend runs. But when you have a really good field, teams are going to wind up going home with more losses than wins. I thought crate and getting the win the way it did was really impressive. What were your takeaways from that? I mean, I mean, I can't say anything about it that hasn't already been said. It was just an awesome college basketball game. Like, I don't know if you saw Greg McDermott's postgame press conference. I watched it late last night on YouTube. And hey, YouTube. Hey YouTube. I watched the last night on YouTube and like literally the first thing you said was what an unbelievable college basketball game that was. I mean, you mentioned it had ten ties and ten lead changes. In the final 17 minutes of the game. Yeah. It was back and forth. And back and forth. And I saw this from our buddy Jeff porcello via ESPN stats of ESPN stats and info. She also Jared burson. Anthony black and Ryan nimh became the first two opposing players to post 25 points 5 rebounds and 5 assists in a matchup between top ten teams in the AP poll in the last 25 seasons. So it wasn't just an awesome college basketball game. It had awesome individual performances. And then Anthony black makes that three to keep Arkansas in it.

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A highlight from  Week is glorious: Maui delivers, PK85 preview + picks, Battle 4 Atlantis; Vegas gets a Final Four (College Basketball 11/23)

CBS Sports Eye On College Basketball Podcast

05:08 min | 5 d ago

A highlight from Week is glorious: Maui delivers, PK85 preview + picks, Battle 4 Atlantis; Vegas gets a Final Four (College Basketball 11/23)

"What did you make of what we've seen so far in the Maui invitational because those two semifinal games were both pretty terrific, even if Arizona did pull away from San Diego state late. Yeah, man. This is my basketball comfort food. Shout out to everyone watching live right now as we are in the midst of Thanksgiving week. This was the first Maui tournament in the lahaina civic center in three years. They haven't had it in that glorious high school level kind of gym since 2019 because of the worst pandemic of our lifetime. So I know I've been loving it, man. It's been great. It's been genuinely great to see Maui back and actually Maui. And to get these good games, it does trigger a certain pavlovian response out of me in terms of just Thanksgiving. This time of year, we usually get this tournament usually gives us like at least two pretty good if not great games and we got that. We'll see what happens here on Wednesday. Anyone both watching live or get into the podcast and advance of yes, the 5 eastern tip for the championship game. We'll get to that in just a second. I will actually be GPI fly out of here late today to go to PK 85. We'll also get to PK 85 later on in the show. But I am, I think I'm going to try and leave actually a little bit earlier to ensure I'm in the airport to watch the end of the game in the event that it's actually good because I got to deal with going down fly out of JFK and all that good stuff there. So it's yet another reason why I wish this dam title game wasn't on at 5 eastern because I'll be able to watch the two night ones, I'll be I'll be on a plane. I'll be flying Delta. I presume I'll be able to watch those on the plane. What we've seen how to create and I think is extremely encouraging. And not surprising, I'm one crate and went away from calling this, but they got a tough match up here against Arizona. And I did say creighton would be San Diego state, but obviously SDS, you could not get past Arizona late on Tuesday night. That create an Arkansas game had ten ties, ten league changes, blue Jay shot, 50% from three point range, 58.5% from the field, and crate in 6 and O for the first time since 2016. They got three 20 point scores, career best 25 points was tremendous. Call for an 21 shireman who had his moments there. He had 20. He has wound up being even better than I thought he'd be for creighton and he was certainly among the 5 most notable transfers despite the fact he came from a mid major in South Dakota state. The Bayer shireman sweepstakes were a much buzzed about highly anticipated and it reached a certain point where craton was the expected destination and certainly to this point in the season, he has lived up to that billing. The game getting three guys with 20 or more points according to creighton sports and information. The first time that's happened for the Jays since March of 2011 in a game versus Davidson there. So big time stuff and it's also the first time creighton's won back to back days against ranked programs they beat Texas tech on Monday. Come back and able to handle Arkansas on a top ten matchup there. So if you're Arkansas, I get the whistle was inconsistent. I thought I actually thought the game was well played enough that I mean there was a point where it was actually pretty it was pretty brutal and I was surprised mustn't outright just rip the floral shirt off and just go hulk on it and expose the spare chest as he's been prone to do. But I thought overall I create and did deserve to win the game Arkansas played well. Trevor Brazil looks like he could be really one of the breakout players in the country this season. He had 17. Anthony black, who was, you know, on my pre season top three list for freshman of the year. He had 26, Ricky council had 24 black averaging 14, 5 and a half boards four assists right now. Plenty of encouraging signs for Arkansas. Unfortunately, you know, one of Arkansas and the United States is going to leave Maui, go back to the mainland one and two. It's just donate to the bracken how it's going to break. So neither of those teams want to do that, both those teams are good enough to make second weekend runs. But when you have a really good field, teams are going to wind up going home with more losses than wins. I thought creighton getting the win the way it did was really impressive. What were your takeaways from that? I mean, I mean, I can't say anything about it that hasn't already been said. It was just an awesome college basketball game. Like, I don't know if you saw Greg McDermott's postgame press conference. I watched it late last night on YouTube, and hey, YouTube. Hey YouTube. I watched it last night on YouTube and like literally the first thing you said was what an unbelievable college basketball game that was. I mean, you mentioned it had ten ties and ten lead changes. In the final 17 minutes of the game. Yeah. It was back and forth. And back and forth. And I saw this from our buddy Jeff borzello via ESPN stats of ESPN stats and info. She also Jared burson. Anthony black and Ryan nimh became the first two opposing players to post 25.5 rebounds and 5 assists in a matchup between top ten teams in the AP poll in the last 25 seasons. So it wasn't just an awesome college basketball game. It had awesome individual performances. And then Anthony black makes that three to keep Arkansas in it.

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A highlight from Unplugged | November Madness | Mini Episode

The Her Hoop Stats Podcast

05:45 min | 6 d ago

A highlight from Unplugged | November Madness | Mini Episode

"Talk a little bit about everything that's gone on over the last few days from the college basketball world. So here we are. I'm going to call this a mini episode. We'll see how many it is when we get to the end, but going to talk just about all of the big offsets, big games that we've seen over the last week or so. Of course, lots of big matchups just on the schedule for this week to begin with. We had number one South Carolina at number two Stanford on Sunday, South Carolina gets the win there in over time. So those two teams stay number one and number two in the country as we headed into this week. We also had a top ten matchup in Connecticut with number 5 UConn taking on number ten MC state. You kind of coming away with a convincing win in that one and then also number 19 Maryland down at number 17 Baylor mailer gets the win there some other great ranked matchups too. It had never 25 Utah, knocking off number 16, Oklahoma, maybe not that big of an upset per se in terms of both teams were in the top 25, should have been a good matchup, but the way in which Utah wins that 124 to 78 is certainly shocking. And then we get to the upsets. We had earlier this week, Kansas state, not right at the time, has snuck into the AP poll at 25 cents. Kansas state gets the win over Iowa at the time the number four team in the country knocks off the Hawkeye, so how can I have taken their first loss of the season and impressive performance from Kansas state there? Close game 84 to 83 final and then we head down to The Bahamas for the madness really gets going. The battle for Atlantis in The Bahamas, a great field, one that was definitely poets for some upsets, but I don't think anyone could have predicted the number of upsets we saw in that field. Just on day one, marquette on rank takes down number three Texas, Texas still without Rory Harmon, but still marquette gets the win in that first game. And then Gonzaga gets the win over Louisville as well over time in the second game. So the bottom half of the bracket from day one becomes Texas and Louisville on the consolation side of the bracket. And then on day two, UCLA with a convincing upset win over Tennessee. They take down the lady balls, 80 to 63, so we get a market UCLA final in the battle for Atlantis. I hope they had that in predicted if you did hats off to you because very unexpected final game there. But UCLA takes home the battle for Atlantis trophy. 66 to 58 and a game there in overtime, a great battle between two really tough defenses. To take home the win for the bruins. And then moving around the bracket after that, the offsets didn't stop in those opening rounds. Tennessee also lost two Gonzaga in the tournament in the constellation side of the bracket so they come home with just one win over Rutgers from The Bahamas and moved to just two and four on the season. And then Louisville was able to get the win over Texas in that constellation game, but they follow the South Dakota state in the third game of the tournament. So they also dropped two games down in The Bahamas and Texas also drops two games only getting the win over Rutgers in their last game there. So they fall to two on threes and two and three on the season as well. So Texas and Tennessee, two teams that were ranked in the top 5 to start the season. Now, under 500, both have fallen in the rankings, Texas down at 19, Tennessee down at 23 and those rankings came out before the Tennessee lost two Gonzaga. So another hit to Tennessee probably, we will see them fall out of the top 25 next week, so just a really rough start to the season for our Tennessee. Obviously, let's just quick recap, but just a lot going on in NCAA women's basketball, lots of top ten losses. Lots of upsets. So we've seen that so much over the past few days that I just went on Twitter and asked all of you what you would want to hear about what questions you had about what we've seen from these upsets and what we think about some of the top teams in the country now that we've seen of this action. Over the last week. So I'm going to go through just some of those questions on this podcast, talk about my thoughts on that. And then we'll go back to our normally scheduled programming with guests and everything next week. So first question off of Twitter, what upsets surprise to me the most. I'm going to go with two answers here. So I'm going to cheat a little bit in that just give one answer. But I think the one on the team that was causing the offsets that surprised me that modest was marquette's run to the battle for Atlantis final. Like I said, they fall to UCLA in that title game. But a team that coming into this field probably not a team anyone was circling as a team to expect in the title game to even possibly win that first round matchup with Texas, but marquette really impressed in this tournament. They kind of return three course starters Jordan king being the one that scored the most points in that big Texas game. But they just really excelled in this tournament. And I think they passed the eye test. That was the biggest thing as well. They didn't quite make it into the top 25. This week from their run, they were right outside in that receiving boats section.

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A highlight from Hour 3: Nicole Auerbach, The Athletic

The Paul Finebaum Show

08:55 min | 6 d ago

A highlight from Hour 3: Nicole Auerbach, The Athletic

"Welcome back, Nicole, our backlog, join us in about 30 minutes in the final hour. We've got a couple of guests. One in particular, I think you're going to really find interesting. A guy has done the deepest dive to date on Harvey updike. I thought I knew everything about this, the story. And in his article, I'll let him tell the story, but it's quite intriguing. Some of the things that I realized a lot of people can't stand this guy who died a couple of years ago. I'm with you on that. But it's a very interesting article. We'll talk to him about in a few minutes. Actually in about an hour. Let's check in with Kent, who is in Louisiana. Hello, Kent. Hey. How you doing? Thank you. First of all, I want to make sure a very good show that you have. Thank you. And I must say, yeah, the patients are the same with some of these cars. However, what I need to talk to you about was the fact that I'm shocked that Brian Kelly and his first year has brought a team and I'm a diehard sheep. That they've done what they done this year. Especially if you go back to October when they lost by 27 to Tennessee, I mean Hitler, I was on a national show and the host of the show asked me. Is this guy going to make it? I said, hold on a second. It's early. And the coach happened since then. Okay. May I ask my question now? Yes, sir. Let's get the show. What do you think Ellis, I mean, we are less tickly. Chances are, yes, Georgia. Hold on a second. I think they're very narrow for this reason. I don't think I don't think the game. I think LSU has played phenomenally, but I just don't think it's a great matchup. Secondly, there's one, there's one way for the only way I think they can win as if for some reason. And I really don't think this will happen. Georgia just goes lolli lolli gags around knowing they have a birth, but to me, Georgia did that last year against Alabama. They got Al maneuvered quickly and I just don't think it's going to happen. I frankly don't think the line will be pretty large and I'm not expecting a great game. I know that goes against the theme of it's always a great game. George is up next in Georgia. Hello, George. Hey, Paul. How's it going today? We are doing great. Thank you. Bad business is good. I have been struggling for the last week to get a phone call in. But I'm glad you made it. Well, and me as well. You know, I was sitting here enjoying my favorite new treat, which is a dream circle. It looks just like the university of Tennessee's uniforms. But it's also, it also by the end of the afternoon, melts just like they did Saturday night. Absolutely absolutely. And you know, you know, the gentleman and answered the phone actually what I wanted to talk about and I said, well, I want to talk about Georgia football. And he says, well, you think you got a chance to beat LSU and I'm like, well, heck, yeah, you know, we're not only going to repeat. I just want to be the first to predict at three feet. So you heard it here first. We're not only going to win out this year, but we're going to run the table next year. Well, that sounds like a good plan. When it is your first, you can't repeat until your two Pete. Johnny is up next. Hello, Johnny. Hey, Powell, Johnny B from his first time in Alabama. Well, it's great to hear from you. Thank you. Thank you for taking my call and early Happy Thanksgiving. Thank you very much. Where you're going to eat dinner. He sounds an awful lot like Larry. I think that may be some of his relatives and the way he was talking about you about a month ago. You might want to send security in before you go up there. Hey, who did you say that the king of England was going to get the job while it goes? Oh, that would be lane kiffin. Okay. Have you ever heard the Tim Wilson be it on the king of England? No. The comedian get out there or something. I have one of you guys look at that. It's hilarious and it would make a great parody to do a laying kip and king of England thing on that team Wilson line. You have a good Thanksgiving. Thank you. You have a great day, Sarah, a Thursday too. Thanks so much. Let's check in with Brett. In Atlanta, hello, Brett. Hey, Paul, how are you doing? We're doing well. Thank you. We had a conversation about a year ago, Paul, and I had put a $1000 on George to win the natty, which came ended up being very good for me, but we discussed the reasons that I put that money on Georgia. But anyway, different questions for you. So Alabama, question for you. When is the last time you would say that they had an elite defense? I know a couple of years ago, they won the natty, but that was pretty much an offensive team. I know 15 and I would say interestingly, the year I'm going to say is a year they lost, but I thought 16 defense was phenomenal. And they lost. They lost it. They were undefeated. And I'm trying to remember the 18. I don't think the 18 teams, I felt like in that 15, 16 range, maybe 17, but after that, there's been there's been some slippage. And I think that a caller one time who brought up a point, which I never really thought about, but especially on the defensive side of the ball, the player development and the lack of player development and the impact that Kirby had on that player development back in the day. And I think that's a pretty true statement in my opinion. I think it's an absolute true statement and Kirby smart was part of the building of that program. He was there from day one. He took over the defense in year two. And. Of all the coaches that worked for Nick Saban, I think the on the field coaches, he played the biggest role now. Jeff Allen and Scott Cochran, I think, played a significant role off the field in terms of strength and conditioning and management of that end, but I saw Kirby was the most important coach from a recruiting standpoint from a continuity standpoint from someone Nick Saban could lean on. And I think the defenses were indicative of that and quite frankly, Pruitt was a good replacement for Kirby smart. But it seemed like there has been some slippage. And there's a reason for it as well. And here's the most obvious reason. Kirby smart began taking players away from Alabama. From a recruiting point of view, right? Yes. I mean, from a recruiting style and I know there's a story about the recruiting board and yeah, but you know what? That was, that was true. But what are you supposed to do? You're recruiting all these guys and then you leave. I don't know. I've never asked Kirby smart. Did you recruit against Alabama? Did you use information that you gained from the whiteboard in the secret room in Nick Saban's office? It's a good question one day, but not right now. And it really doesn't matter, because since then, he has recruited at the, at the same level. I mean, you could argue he's recruited better than Nick Saban since he left. I would say that his identification of talent at the two star level is elite.

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A highlight from Hour 4: Matt Stinchcomb, SEC Network

The Paul Finebaum Show

02:54 min | 6 d ago

A highlight from Hour 4: Matt Stinchcomb, SEC Network

"On Friday. Because you need to get up here in the epicenter of college football this week, Paul. I mean, that's a bad news for you, Jeff. I am going to the greatest. I'm going to the greatest rivalry in college football in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. And talk about the Aubrey coaching search and letting giffen well actually. We're going to talk about some of the great iron balls in history. I mean, that's all you've got, that's the only topic you've got this week is the lane train and the auburn coaching search. Hey, did I hear that last call or say that they hire you freeze? They're going to they would beat Nick Saban every year, you heard him. Did I hear that right? Oh my goodness. I mean, come on, auburn. You'd be lucky to get a coach as good as lady chip, but it's not a matter of auburn one playing Kevin. It's a matter of laying chip and once auburn. I mean, check up auburn fans. You would not beat Nick Saban every year with you free. But Paul, let's get back to what let's get back to the epicenter. Do you realize you're the only major college football voice that's not going to be in Steve Austin this weekend, Paul? That hurts me badly, because I'd like to be there. I mean, we've got college game day. We got the big Fox show. I mean, you need to get up your ball calling. Hey, you trying to kill a year. You think my guys would take offense if I said, listen, let me go to Columbus and do a report. Do you think Tebow and the boys would be bothered by that? No. Heck no. I mean, they understand Paul. I mean, you got to be, you got to get the big time places and can you imagine the high for this week of if you were up at the Ohio State missing game was on your show at the hype and be the game of the century, wouldn't it? Yeah, I mean, we got a let me hold on a second, Jeff, let me get into the center you've hit pipes up the last two or three years. I'm reading the card here for, I mean, we got the greatest rivalry in college football. The iron ball join us. You go. There you go. So what do you think about this weekend, Paul? What do you think's gonna happen up here in Columbia? I have not made my prediction yet, but I'm leaning heavily toward the buckeyes. I tell you what. I got butterflies with my stomach Paul. We got to prove that we can stop that running game. That's the key, man. If we can't stop the running game, it could be an open up. That's going to be the battles right up there. If we can run the ball and can we stop there running attack, it's going to be it's going to be the good thing. By

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A highlight from Hour 2: Callers

The Paul Finebaum Show

08:06 min | 6 d ago

A highlight from Hour 2: Callers

"Okay. Yes, I'm Terry rose from little town out to help in Indiana, north liberty, but anyway, I wanted to speak about Notre-Dame, a lot of people aren't really, they're kind of looking over the Notre-Dame on this next game. And I wanted to say this in Notre-Dame's defense. They played a close first game against loud statement and they lost a couple. They didn't play a close first game. 21 ten. They got obliterated in the second half. Yeah, that's true. And I want to say that they played a couple of stupid games, but they did all of a sudden. They found a run in attack with two running backs have been bowling all over every team, Clemson, Syracuse, who was ranked as a North Carolina who was right. And 44 nothing against BC last week is running game but is unbelievable in southern cows defense isn't set up to take this great running attack at Notre-Dame has. I'm sure you know about it. Okay. What about Mars? What about the Marshall game? Well, that's what I'm saying. A couple stupid games and then they found themselves. They are 5 days away from losing the fourth game of the season. Well, okay, I just wanted, I just wanted to comment on I know you've never really liked Notre-Dame, but if you haven't been seeing this run game, they don't have any evidence I've never really liked it. Well, I'm okay, but I know a lot of people don't like Notre-Dame and they don't give them a lot of credit. But I'm sure that's true, but you just got through accusing me and not liking Notre-Dame. Okay, well, forgive me for that, but I just want, I think you're going to see something that's going to really give you. Jonathan is up next. Hello, Jonathan. How are you doing, Paul? We are doing great. Thank you. Okay. Out of two, we don't get the best job in the first year. Licking right out, Brian Kelly. I'm going to say Brian Kelly. Yeah, me too, because he inherited a message when he took over. He also did not have the best quarterback in the country that left with him, he didn't have the best wide receiver in the country, transfer in from Pittsburgh. He had to make do with what he had. And what he had wasn't all that great. And I got a feeling the committed USC or wealthy tonight. I don't think it's right, but I think it going to happen. Yeah. I don't think it matters a whole lot because there is no way in the world that LSU will be kept out if they be Georgia. That would be an absolute travesty. And I respect Lincoln Riley. I think he's done a good job. I mean, they went into the portal and outbid everyone on excuse me out recruited everyone on Jordan Addison, the wide receiver from Pittsburgh. But they've had a really good year. I mean, that's an exciting program. But you know what? The two of us could coach Caleb Williams. I mean, he's that good. Yeah, it's hard for me to imagine see a playoff system that keep the SEC champion out of it. I mean, there have been some average teams in the SEC championship game. LSU is not a flaky team. I mean, they are on an incredible role. They stumbled early. But since the Tennessee laws in early October, they have been as good as anyone in the country. Thank you very much for the call. Appreciate it. Let's check in with quite Quaid up next in Alabama. Hello Quaid. Hey, how's it going, Paul? We're doing great. Thank you. I'm a missed to be state fan and this is like the first year and a long time I've seen you put any kind of respect on our names. So I appreciate that. But I'm calling to make a point, the guy two callers ago, that was talking all that great stuff about Notre dame. Notre-Dame might be the most fraudulent program in the top 25 this year. They continue to drop terrible games. They've played close games when they shouldn't have played close. And the fact that they're 13 is honestly a giant disgrace to the entire voting process. Well, I think they've done okay. But, you know, let's see let's see where they are Saturday night. They win that game, then Marcus Freeman will have done a nice turnaround job, but if they lose that game, they're another 8 and 14. They used to get you fired at Notre-Dame. Bobby is an Oxford Mississippi. Hello, Bobby. Hey, Paul. Thanks for having me. Thank you very much. I had three questions, but it turned into four and based on the calls, but I'll run through and move quick and tell me which one you want to address. First one is I want to talk about when kids and second one is and I hate to call this, but the anniversary of Tammy's death, what day is that on? And then the third one, I want to talk about Cadillac Williams at auburn, and then the fourth one now is you have problem with Notre-Dame. I thought you only had a problem with Michigan and Clinton. Apparently I have a problem with everybody. By the way, the data on Tammy's desk was November 16th. Okay. All right. Well, again, you know, even though I've never met her, we still pay innovative tragic. But anyway, why do you think Lincoln would leave Oxford to go to auburn? I mean, Oxford's a great campus in just kind of extensive. I mean, I don't even know. We're in pure speculation mode right now. So we're basically taking a thesis of if he leaves wide. But the other point too is he's jumped around to so many schools that can be good for him to jump to another school and you know the extensive just being on campus I mean it's amazing and it's not like we can't pay him money I haven't tuned statistical analysis about how much money all this has auburn but that's where auburn has more money but as a alumni. I mean I know we've got some money and then I never thought I'd say this to the 30s I actually have to agree with Jim on something about Cadillac I think he's a good coach and you know I think it's players respect him and appreciate that it is a player and just the press conferences how I talk like you don't have that code speak. I don't know if that's going to fly and auburn. But I don't know how you said it. Well Bobby, I mean what you're always have to be careful of is I mean, whenever you hire someone, it doesn't matter whether you're hiring a sales manager or a football coach. I mean, you have to be able to project how is this person going to do over a couple of years time?

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Mississippi football coach Lane Kiffin responds to report he's headed to Auburn

The Paul Finebaum Show

01:21 min | 6 d ago

Mississippi football coach Lane Kiffin responds to report he's headed to Auburn

"Yeah, what is going on with lane kiffin? Lane kiffin reacted to a report last night that said he was going to be an auburn on Friday as the new head coach lane as only lane can do got into the action by then reporting that the reporter who broke the story was leaving his place to go to another job. What lane kiffin has done a very good job of is making everybody forget the miserable performance on this had in Arkansas and that doesn't matter the fact that we've lost two in a row that we no longer are in the top ten that we no longer have a chance to go to Atlanta that we no longer have a chance to win ten regular season games. Let's talk about me. Okay. Sounds like a country song. Anyway, that's what we are going to do today. Talk about all of those subjects and more with a number of guests. We mentioned the code. She'll be with us in about an hour and a half, reach Davis joins us. Bennett durando is a fascinating piece on Harvey updike, yes. Remember him the ghost of iron bull past and stench will join us in studio. Let's start with some phone calls. In hue, in deep gap, North Carolina. Hello here. Good afternoon, Paul. You know what?

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A highlight from Hour 2: Tom Luginbill

The Paul Finebaum Show

09:04 min | Last week

A highlight from Hour 2: Tom Luginbill

"Welcome back here on this Monday afternoon. Let's continue with more of your phone calls. We have some guests who will start dropping by here soon. Remember Friday. I know most of you will be shopping. Right. We will be in Tuscaloosa all day and we'll be shopping too for interesting story. Storylines. Check in with Randy, who is up next. Hey, Randy. What's going on at all? We're doing great. Thank you very much. I just want to say roll tide and Alabama will be back on top next year. Well, thank you. I was wondering about that, but now I feel much better about it. How about Jeff in South Bend Indiana? Hello, Jeff. Hey, Paul. How are you? We are doing great. Happy Thanksgiving. Hey, look. I'm an Arkansas grad I just happen to live in South Bend. And I could not believe in everybody I've talked to back home, could not believe what they were watching. Last Saturday, that crew, I mean, it was just most amateurs. No, no, Jeff, hold on a second, because I was mostly watching South Carolina and Tennessee, so I did not, can you be more specific on what you're referring to? Yeah, they were dead on the sidelines, the whole game, instead of up in the booth, the announcer. Before you give your let me make this crew, when you're talking about Tom Tom Hart Jordan Rodgers and Cole cuboid, is the topic. They do that every year. It just is something different. So that was not, they were not trying to demean the game. That's just something that they do once a year usually on this particular weekend. So beyond beside them being on the sidelines, what else did you object to? I mean, I could not believe they had access to the players benches. Now, on the sideline guide normally, at the periphery, I mean, you can kind of get in there, but I can't believe they had well, they did. I mean, that was something the schools allowed them to do is my point. This is not something they arbitrarily. They just didn't put some SEAL Team 6 outfits on and go down there and sneak in. I mean, they were invited. Well, everybody I've talked to back home. Thanks to it was a bad idea and they don't need to do it again if they come to Arkansas. That's my point. Well, other than that, was it that was it did it bother you or did their commentary not well, it was just, it was just a lonely dunes. I mean, they were just, they were bouncing all over the place. I mean, the game was great. I'm an Arkansas grad. I love the game, but I don't know. I just thought it was the worst coverage of a sporting event. I've ever seen in my life. That's just my opinion. Listen, you're perfectly entitled to that opinion, and I'm not going to stop you from offering it. Just because I happen to think there are great crew, but Paul, don't get me wrong. I do too. I've seen them before. They were a damn good crew. Pardon my French. That's okay. But you know, I think. Yeah, you're right. But Jeff, they've done that before. They did it once or twice this year. They're a fun crew. They get along and I'm sure if you're watching the game, you're locked in, maybe you're expecting a conventional Gary Danielson Brad nesler puts you to sleep. I'm sorry, I didn't mean to say that. Let's go to pat in Atlanta, hello pat. Hey, Paul, can you hear me? I can. You sound great. Great. I'm on speaker. I didn't know if you could. So I just want to be sure that I thought something last week. I believe it was your assertion that should possibly lose to LSE and the championship game. I would still be a shoe in far CFP player. If Georgia loses to LSU, do I think they'll still be a shoe and yes, I do. So that's what the CFP playoff. To me, Georgia has been other than that one week, the prohibitive number one team in the country other than when Tennessee started the started the CFP out at number one. And I believe that they would, you know, they've been dominant. They've been impressive. They've got a good schedule. Thanks to that Oregon game at the beginning of the year, and obviously LSU and Tennessee added to the equation to top ten teams. I don't even think it would be, I think they're the safest team of any of the four to make the playoffs. Well, remember, Georgia Georgia has played 7 teams that are going to ball games. So strict the schedule may be a little bit better than what you have led on in the past, but that aside, think about automatically the winner of a host message given, let's assume TCU takes it on through. There are 13 comments winner. Therein, but that leaves two spots of what I think is three teams. A USC conference winner. Right. On a constant conference winner. And then at 12 and then an LSU, you think they'll take LSU in 11 and two, don't you? Absolutely. And then why would they take Georgia 12 and one over a USC constitution? Well, here's where I'm going to disagree with you. I think Georgia would Trump. Let me quit move on from George because I think Clemson getting in as an ACC conference winner over Georgia would be the single most laughable thing in the history of the CFP. Clemson has done nothing. They haven't beaten what I would call a really good team. And they still, they still want. I think South Carolina may be the best team Clemson plays all year. And it certainly won't be North Carolina, which just dropped another game against Georgia Tech. So I listen, I may see it differently than you and I'm not quoting stats and all that. I'm just simply giving you how I view it. And I'm not really sold on all this how many top 25 teams you play. To me, it's about the good teams you play, not the I mean, there's some really mediocre teams, I think, at the bottom of the top 25. I agree. Okay. Well, I just yeah, makes me feel good. I believe bulldog read. I mean, the only way the only way Georgia will miss out on the playoffs is this. Losing to Georgia Tech this weekend, and then LSU, then they're gone. But short of losing, once they get out of the Georgia Tech game alive, making punch a ticket. Okay, Paul, thank you very much. Thank you very much. If you believe if you believe me, I mean, that's how I feel. And I feel pretty comfortable in saying that. Let's check out. Ken, you know, South Carolina. We'll miss out on the playoffs. Hello. Hey, Ken. Go right ahead. Hi, you know I'm buddy. Ken, we are doing great. How about. We have to talk about that? Yeah. Tell you. Nah, I don't know. I don't know what game you were at. I think the official stole the game from Tennessee, don't you? Yeah. No, no, no, never. No, no, no, no. That was another game. I'm using my script from. I would say that. Profound, butt kicking of the ear. Y'all to play out some empathy. Yes, sir. You sure did. I hope you're proud of yourself for depriving the SEC of a playoff team. Offer one stinking win at home. Can you believe that? The nerve. To do that. Shane beamer had no right to do that.

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A highlight from Hour 4: Nubyjas Wilborn

The Paul Finebaum Show

07:09 min | Last week

A highlight from Hour 4: Nubyjas Wilborn

"Buys great to see you again. So give us the lay of the land. What's happening on the coaching search first? Well, a lot of people are still high on link if people within the program boosters who I have filmed relationships with. They definitely seem to be confident that lane will be the first choice. However, athletic director John Cohen, who will make the decision here, the $1.25 million man is keeping things very quiet. He's not going with the traditional search community that auburn normally goes with. He's actually making the decision himself. He'll get input from rich mcglynn, general Ron Burgess, those people, but ultimately it will be his call. And so don't be surprised if maybe he goes outside of the lane kiffin, the Hugh freeze that coach prime names we continue to hear because it's going to be Cointreau. He's going to hire Mike leech. But I am also saying that it could be interesting. Also, my question may be available. Depending on how things go, yeah. So the device explained that to us more because there's a high degree of cynicism about the way auburn operates from many, many people around the country, and there's good justification for having that cynicism. What makes you believe that John Cohen is going to be different from my recollection only one athletic director has ever made the call independent of boosters. And that was the last one. Alan green chose Brian harsen. He blew up in his face and he got fired. Well, but here's the thing we call it. And again, this is a difficult situation. I remember alligators hired by Stan Lee, who was a former outgoing president. That was kind of controversial already. He didn't alligator we didn't have certain supports. He made the hire for Brian harsher. Now with Cohen, he is coming in very supported, even though his politics may be a little different than some people here, but nonetheless, he's very supportive. Also, one of the things about not going with search committee means had been in leaks. That search community leaks like a sieve. Everybody knows that. So he's actually centralized into process, keeping it within himself and we'll find out. Hold on a second. Hold on just a second. And I know what you're talking about. You said you're having many leagues, but we just got through talking about lane kiffin being the number one candidate. So which one is it? Well, the lane keeping things always been around. Let's just be real. It's been around on both sides, but as far as who auburn's talking to each day, if they're talking to people, what people they have actually had real interaction with as far as their agent, that part hasn't gotten out as much. Lisa's code has been there. He is really clean that stuff up. Their boosters who normally would be involved in this thing. I wrote a story I owe dot com. Where God would have said, hey, I would throw me no by that. And I don't have a clue, but I kind of like it because it's different than what we normally do. It actually is a situation where we're going to empower an athletic director to be the athletic director. It's still shocking. It's still bizarre, but from a lot of people I talk to, they really do not know what's going on. And that could be a good thing for all. Okay, well, I'm not reporting a story near bias, so I have no idea what's happening down there, but I do know this. There's one name that always comes up in relation to auburn. And that's Jimmy rain. Do we know what Jimmy rain thinks about the coaching search? Well, Jimmy raines been quiet. Very surprisingly quiet to be honest. And I really believe that Jimmy rain and this particular situation is willing to trust what the greater good for all of it is. And if you look at things, the way the money shifting is shifting more towards the people with name image and licensing, the ultimate victory group that has power where they have $7 million just emailed for football alone. And about another 13 to 14 for the whole athletic department. That's where the power is starting to shift at auburn end within college athletics. So it'll be very interesting how this goes down the road. But yeah, as a device, are you suggesting that Jimmy rain will not be involved to a large degree in this coaching search? It won't from what I've been told it won't be the same level of involvement that we may be used to from Jimmy. Not to say he won't be involved at all. But he may not have, let's say if he had ten shares of the vote that may be down to maybe four or 5 shares. You still have influence, but it won't be the banking on the table influence that he may have been had before. From what I've been told. And it is a fact that he did not want Brian harsh and so his influence on that was more after the fact, his influence on Gus Melisandre extension was more after the fact. So yeah, I mean, there's certainly some reason to believe that the athletic director here does have the final say, which brings me to carnell Williams. A lot of auburn people that we talk to, you talk to more than we do, want him to be the new head coach. What are you here? Well, I'll tell you what. He is gaining momentum. He is really starting to become more compliant. His first press conference, you can see the bullet sweat. Not so much now. He's still him, which also is something that players like because he hasn't changed. He hasn't decided to become, oh, I'm going to be the big boss where the big boy bands. No, he's still carnell Williams. Cadillac coach caddy coach lacked whatever you want to call him. That's who he is as the head coach of tank Bixby. Run back and say, hey, now he just coaches the whole team like he coaches us. And that's really been inspiring for those guys and there are people who believe they can manage. To win this iron bowl, they have to have a very serious conversation about carnell Cadillac Williams becoming the auburn football coach. However, hold on. That sounds great in theory, but it does. What if the deal has already been struck? Well, I was going to say there is a school that plays a game on Thursday, right? Yeah. And there's these that will be over before auburn season is. There could there be a possibility that the new auburn football coach is named on Friday or Saturday morning before the iron bowl? Yeah, there is a possibility of that. That could very well happen. And would it shock me? No. But I have to ask you this. And I thought that too, until I started until the carnell story started. But how disrespectful would that be to Carnot Williams if auburn made this decision before the game Saturday? Not this car to Williams, I would say the staff. Well, sure. The coaches, the players. I mean, the building. The facility feels different. I don't think it's going to happen, by the way. Yeah, I mean, the facility feels different since carnell became hand coach. It really does. It's literally it's brighter in the building. There's better energy. I've had players tell me they used to dread coming to the facility because of everything going on with harston, but with caddy, man, people feeling good about themselves, feeling empowered in their roles, feeling empowered throughout the building and if auburn were to pull the trigger prematurely, even if it may be the right call, there could be people being hurt by that and take it the wrong way. Listen, I mean, I'm interviewing you, but it's hard to pass on, I mean, John Cohen is a smart guy. I can not imagine that he would walk into that kind of PR nightmare, making this announcement Friday while these guys were ready to go out there and play their guts out for

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A highlight from Hour 1: Calls

The Paul Finebaum Show

10:03 min | Last week

A highlight from Hour 1: Calls

"Thanksgiving week. Yes, you heard that correctly. We're no longer in the middle of the season. We're in the end of the season. We thank you for being a part of the show and what a weekend we had getting us ready for the final week of the regular season. Nobody saw some of the upsets that came and we will talk about all of them here this afternoon. Let's start with some headlines about the events of this weekend and the saddest story of the weekend clearly coming from Columbia where hendon hooker led his vols into Williams Bryce and unfortunately did not finish. He's out for the season. And what a run he had leading the vols back to glory. KBR was second in the conference. He was among the favorites for the Heisman until the ACL injury did him in. Cadillac Williams on respect for Nick Saban, who had this one in your preseason bap coaching matchup, Cadillac versus Nick Saban, who owns a Mercedes dealership. Meanwhile, lane train. Addressing the auburn rumors what if they watched the first half, would I still be number one? Well, probably still is number one. Although it was a ghastly first half as Arkansas went up 35 to 6 over a derailed lane train. And the dogs won ugly, but it doesn't matter. They won. The dogs won a hard fought battle in Kentucky, another lost for the wildcats, their dream season, down in flames. But it doesn't seem to matter to the administration in Kentucky because they went ahead and gave the coach a raise anyway. They got, they called Missouri for advice on how to handle this. Always give a coach a raise at an extension after a loss. That's the new mantra. Mark steeps is now making more than 8 million a year. He's extended until the end of time or in this case 2031. Vandy said, bartender, I'll have a double. Clark, we wasn't satisfied with being the wildcats. I forgot stoops was on a two game losing streak before he got the contract extension. They decided we're going to be building Napier and the Florida Gators. And then their season hopes of a big finish. What a, what an amazing win. I mean, Clark Lee just has defied logic by knocking off two of the bluer Bloods in his side of the division, two games. Nobody saw them winning, and they could get to a bowl game if they beat the vols on Saturday in Nashville. Let's talk about it with many guests this afternoon. Tom luganville, dropping in, the TO, tell us, and you bias will borne on cadillacs run at the iron bowl. And your phone calls at 855-242-7285. Let's start with cowboy. Howdy cowboy, how are you? What's going on, man? We are doing great. Thank you. I have a Thanksgiving. Everything's giving me. Hey, on that iron bowl. Do you think that I know Kelly gonna have his board ready to play? I know that. He's gonna have him read the play. I only come out of that. And second thing, I've been watching you so for years, is because can you after this? Is there an ACC network? Yes. There is. Okay. Who is this guy named JK? JK is a caller to our show. I really did not. What did Miami do over the weekend? Hey, Paul. They had 98 y'alls outfits. Did they win? Well, I ask you that because I quit following them when they lost four or 5 weeks ago to some high school. Why do you think he called why you think he called SEC network? Because Miami is some hot garbage. He ain't got another talk about. This guy come on screen with that old throwback chain on that old Jersey on and if he won't talk to them a cowboy, he can get online with bad but cowboy because stop hating old Alabama one thing and two you gonna eat turkey. They called them up like Paul. My little 7 year old grandson had a 105 y'all throwing the ball. He's 7. He had more than my behold team. Cowboy. You call anytime. You're now our favorite caller. Bible cowboy, JK Scott, you garbage. Have we ever heard from Bama cowboy before? I like this guy. Bartender, drinks on me. How about Chris in South Carolina? Hey, Paula, how you doing? We're doing great, Chris. I was calling you on the pre season was talking about SEC. I was saying some things. And you told me I know what I was talking about. That's right. One of the things I said was, what's going to happen with all this talent and the best conference ever you say, the SEC, when they beat up on each other. Right now you got one good team over there. That's Georgia. And everybody else is average. With two losses or more. So what I'm saying is, I think the SEC is overrated. Man, 'cause I mean like, well, that's some real logic here inside of. Overzealous. You're an ACC fan, right? Yes. But there's no way you can beat up on each other in the ACC because the teams are so average. How do we average when we got 19 bowl eligible? Slow down in a second. Clemson Tiger fan. Simultaneously having teams bowl eligible doesn't mean anything when you're just buying winds left and right. I knew you were going to say that, but we could become the same. Would you buy and do what you're buying telling me something, sir? Would you mind telling me the best team that Clemson has beaten this year? The best thing we've eaten. That was the question. We'll be the team that reach out SEC west champion LSU tigers before the state. We beat them. That was in the first week of the season, Chris. As far as we're going to see, now you go to excuse again. Allow me to speak for just one second. I realize it's your show. Clemson has wins over. Louisiana tech. Those three teams together, you couldn't get a decent team out of. Wake forest, NC state, Boston college, Florida state, nothing there, Syracuse, garbage, Notre-Dame, you lost by what, 21 points, Louisville is a basketball school, Miami is a. Baseball school. And then you get a South Carolina, and then you play the AC. Do you ever stop talking by the way? Then you have the ACC championship against North Carolina, which has got through losing to Georgia Tech. That's all 500 then, but you hope we don't go on that fourth spot because we're going to take down SEC champion Georgia border. You want them. Just put us on put us on the schedule already, 'cause we're coming. You have a nice day for sad that Clemson has among the most delusional fans in America. Now I'm going to update that to say they do have the most delusional fan in America. And the idea that Clemson ends up in the playoffs, it is downright laughable, but we have plenty of time to talk about that. Will is in North Carolina, hey, well, go right ahead. My oh my, how do I follow that? Paul, that feeling of chaos come to fruition over the weekend. The terrible start, we just wasn't able to recover from and my thoughts and players got a hand in, but I was helping maybe the German Milton with The Guardian, maybe a little bit earlier, but now it's guaranteed that he'll get there. As a Tennessee fan, all you can do is just shake your head and baseball number one in the season and we flatten out and now in football we flatten out, but the gut feeling I had of chaos, it occurred over the weekend. We just wasn't able to rebound horrible start and all the speculation about what may be occurred in the locker room. We just weren't able to stop anybody on Saturday. Let's give, let's give Shane Bieber and his team some credit. I mean, they showed up ready to play. They were sensational from start to finish. And that had a lot to do with Tennessee being uncomfortable. We'll take a break, more to come, more of your phone calls right after this. You were listening to the Paul fine

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