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A highlight from Hour 4: Keith Carter & Chris Doering
"The pride passion that pageantry of college football lives here. This is the Paul Fein bomb show our four podcast. Welcome back. We're lively. Oxford Mississippi on the grove on a just spectacular late October day and LSU in town to take on the old miss rebels and joining us as Keith Carter. The old miss athletic director and Keith, I'm sure it's not that uncommon, but you think of the SEC and when I grew up, all the athletic directors were former head football coaches. You are breaking that mold a little bit coming up from the basketball ranks. You played basketball here. With another SEC coach and got involved in the in various things and became the athletic director a couple of years ago. Yeah, you know, for me, coming here as a student athlete to play basketball, never in my wildest dreams that I think that would be the AD here, someday, but it's been awesome. And I think having been a student athlete here, it really allows me to have a really cool perspective on what it takes to be successful here and now as an administrator to be able to give back. It's been pretty cool. Yeah. Lane kiffin was here a couple of hours ago and you hired him. Let's talk a little bit about that. I know it's water under the bridge now that you hired him, but I'm curious because lane kiffin now is everybody's favorite head coach and he's beloved. But you had to convince him to come here. He had other offers. Even within the SEC, take us back to that moment. Well, you know, I think when we had to make the change, you know, I was looking for a coach to come in one that was from the offensive side of the football. And then somebody that could bring in come in and bring in energy and galvanize our fan base. And we needed someone that could come in right away and do that in lane certainly did that with his national reputation and just the brand that he was able to bring. But then you're now looking back almost two years later, to see kind of where we are. Number 12 in the country and you watch college game day, you watch whatever. And they're talking about old miss football on lane kiffin and what our young men are doing. It's just been phenomenal. And to be able to see what lanes being able to do on the field, but off the field as well. And really getting ingrained in the community and all those things. It's just been great. And look for more great things to come in the future. Yeah, and not only is lane kiffin doing spectacular things, you have at the moment, the Heisman favorite, which is also a pretty big news. It's a long way. And I ask courage different about it earlier. But the amount of attention that comes to a university just through the conversation. Yeah. Well, first of all, Matt is just a great young man. First and foremost. He's overcome some adversity, had an injury while he was here and was benched and now he's back and you just love to see good young people be successful and do great things. But you watch what he does on the field and everybody talks about his arm, and then this past weekend, he has 30 rushes and almost 200 yards. And you almost single handedly put the team on his back to win that game at Tennessee. So we love what he's doing. Obviously we wanted to continue to play well and you want it for the team, you want to follow that, but you want it for Matt too, just because he's been through so much and it's fun to see him do well. Let's talk about this weekend, because anyone who follows the SEC football knows the importance of the rivalry with LSU. It goes without saying it's for a long time. It was the game on both sides. Everything changes, it's still pretty important game. But just this weekend with EY Manning and everything else that comes into it, to give us an encapsulation of what this weekend means. Well, it's huge. And we're talking off air. We just sold out. So we're excited about that. It's our first sellout in a very long time. And so we were excited about the crowd tomorrow's gonna be great here in the grove and but yeah, the rivalry has always been there. You know, a lot of our fans talk about the old miss LSU rivalry as our number one rivalry and we've had some great games. Obviously, some of the personal kind of storylines with coach kiffin and coach George on backgrounds and those type of things. But I think for us, we're focused on us tomorrow. We've got to go out. We've got to play well. We're encouraging all our fans to get there early and be loud and make it a true home field advantage. But it should be fun and again, Oxford and old miss is kind of back to what we know it as. And you see on the square, you see around campus. There's a buzz, and it feels really good to be back. And I don't want to go too old school because we all as a young person, I got tired of that, but I think a lot of young people watching keys, even long before your time. Appreciate the richness of almost football. I mean, you go back to the 50s, 60s, obviously, through that era, even into the 70s and this was in many ways along with Alabama the epicenter of college football and the SEC. It really was. And you know, we take a lot of pride in that. We go back to the late 50s, early 60s, winning national championships and some ups and downs along the way. But you know, program and the people that played in that area and all the way through are very prideful of that. And what we've been able to do with all this football. So with coach kiffin, that's one of the things we talked about during the hiring process was becoming more consistent. You know, and getting back to those days where we could win year in and year out. And obviously off to a great start and hope to add more stories to that legacy as we move forward. I'm curious because we saw the bowl game last year, obviously, a different type of year, but it's still meant a lot. And I think we get focused on programs that just level. Who's in the final four? Who's going to the playoffs? And I'm curious as a school that has been in contention in the past. We all know what happened here 7 or 8 years ago that's now knocking on the door again. Just what it means just to be relevant in a college football world where it's not that easy. It's not. And we've, again, we've shown that with this roller coaster ride over the past 15 years or so that you can become relevant and then the next day you're not. And so again, that's what we've talked a lot about is remaining relevant. And I think last year, being able to get to the outback bowl beat a great Indiana team with create that momentum going into recruiting. And those type of things has been great. And then off to a 5 in one star this year, we only want more. And we want to continue to push forward. But one game at a time, we'll be ready at two 30 tomorrow and hopefully get to 6 and one. Keith, let's talk about the broader picture of your job. And you're one of 14 about to be 16 at some point when we don't know, but that does that is now on the minds of a lot of athletic directors as we make our travels. We don't know when it will happen. But how are you and your colleagues approaching the possibility that two years from now three years from now or whenever it is, a lot of what we know is not going to exist. Yeah, you know, it's going to be a fun puzzle to solve. And I think all of us as ADs, you know, it's a very challenging time. You look at realignment, you look at Niall, you look at transfer portal, you look at the allston case. There's just so many different things that are going on kind of nationally that are really big, big issues. But I think it's all good. We're going to get through it. We're going to find great solutions and I love the fact that Oklahoma and Texas are going to join our league. I think there are two great brands that are going to join what is already the best league in the country and just make us even stronger.
A highlight from Hour 3: Jordan Rodgers, Laura Rutledge, & Marty Smith
"Of college football lives here. This is the Paul Fein bomb show hour three podcast. We've had quite an afternoon here at the grove and we're not done yet two more hours laying shipping started it all off for us. And Tim Tebow, a right Thompson second nap begins with Jordan Rodgers, we just had Roman Harper and Jordan. We asked kiffin. What he remembered from last Saturday night and I don't think there's anybody better to ask than you, because you were broadcasting the game that we are still talking about. Take us through the events that led to one of the biggest controversies ever. It was wild. It really was. Obviously, it was the fourth and 24. And it ended up being the right spot. I mean, the ball was short, but obviously Tennessee fans and the review process were irate. And then you saw like a few water bottles go down. And it's like, okay, so the first time I've seen like one or two things get thrown, and then you just see like a sea of them coming down. And you're like, oh, okay, what's going on? And you see the old miss bench kind of like start to walk towards the field a little bit as kind of play stops and then the golf ball. I mean, it got completely out of hand. It was most nuts though, I think, to watch the home cheerleaders, the home dance team, the band filed out of the stands and walked down the huddle down the tunnel and left. So it was a crazy scene. We weren't sure, obviously, we didn't brush up on those rules. We weren't sure, can they stop the game? Can they not? So we're trying to play catch up in the boot trying to figure out what they can actually do. Obviously they did the right thing, let it calm down. And Tennessee fans still had three time outs. I mean it was still a ball game, so it was just wild. The whole context of that at the end to see kipping throw his more stuff come down. He throws his visor up. There's nobody in this sport. I think. They could have handled that situation better and with the levity, I think that kiffin did. I thought it was fun and made my job fun because a course as soon as I saw that he grabbed that golf ball, put it in his pocket and said, guarantee we're going to see that and Cole interviews him at the end. And we did, so it was wild. It's a lot of fun. Let me start with the call, because Tennessee fans are still calling and talking about that. And I know that got lost in the shuffle, but that's where it really began. It was the right call. From my vantage point. Yes. And again, it was fourth and 24. I think it imagined it was like a fourth and two, like something you'd expect to pick up. You don't expect to pick up a fourth in 24. Right now, we didn't have the ideal camera look. The ideal camera look would have been from across the booth from where we were the other side of the field because then we could have seen the ball. But putting the views together, you could tell where the ball was. In his body, right? It wasn't up high. It was down low. You could tell where his right arm was. So you could piece the looks together and there wasn't a world where you could say, man that should be maybe a first down or even yes, that should be a first down. That's about a yard short. Maybe a half yard at best short. So I thought the call was right. But yeah, tough because maybe have the best camera angle for it. So while this is going on, I mean, people think this is easy to do, but there's not a playbook. You're on live television and the audience, I'm sure it's just growing exponentially. Totally. As you're talking, what was the traffic like what I mean by that? What are you hearing from the directors? Because nobody really knew what to do. No. And we got the head of officials on the phone. Our truck did to try to figure out, what are they actually doing? So the game day or the game management team is obviously talking to the referees about how to control the environment. We obviously like I said, didn't know, is this a scenario where it can be called or not? Is that on the table? He probably would have been more than happy to say. And that's what it looked like. And so me watch it. I'm like, it kind of looks like kiffin is not. He's not cool with this situation obviously as the coach in situation where you're winning right there. Obviously, you're like, hey, maybe we should shut it down. Yeah. Good game. Tom is Texan Steve Shaw to try to figure out how to explain what is going on, what the rules are to try to figure that out. So that's all going on in our ears. As we're also trying to paint a picture and explain what's happening. And as we're also trying to figure out, was it the right call? Was it not? We're looking at replays. So. And you also, I mean, it's one thing to Saturday morning, excuse me, Sunday morning to give an opinion about what had transpired. But you also don't want to incite the audience any more than they already are, depending on which side of the ball they're on. Totally. And that's the tough part. I think in those moments, there is no playbook for that. There's no playbook for that scenario being alive to even for 15, 20 minutes. It's not really what's going on. I remember when we saw the golf ball, bouncer hit K for whatever it happened. I was like, man, I got in the eligibility left. And in, you know, looking back, I'm like, well, did I did I make a little too much lighter in this situation, but it's like it was unprecedented. We didn't know what was going on, you know, so a crazy environment. But yes, I do believe that the call was right. And the game ended the way it should, and Tennessee had an opportunity at the end. And for all the outrage, you know, and I'll admit, I was part of the outrage the next day, but I had 12 hours to think about it or 8 hours. It would have been different if you noticed somebody had been hit. Totally. Yeah, we didn't have it. We didn't have a clear shot. We didn't for all we saw a bunch of water bottles were going onto the field and then game management kind of took over. And one of the craziest scenes actually was game management moves all the students section up to almost like the second deck of that first bowl. And then once gameplay started in Tennessee got the ball back, all the students rushed back down to field level and it was a very weird thing to see because we weren't sure. Things get thrown again, are they just coming down to get their seats back? And so, you know, you're seeing the momentum of Tennessee driving again and then the students come rushing down to the front of the field. So wild game, wild scene all around, I'll miss her in a hundred and something plays. I mean, it was just a speculative question, talking to Jordan Rogers. Somehow Tennessee had pulled the game out. What kind of thing do you think we would have seen then? Mayhem, absolute mayhem. I probably would have rushed the field. Yeah. I mean, after that scenario, I'm not like, how could you have not? They would have gotten a double fine. And I will say actually, just to preface this as well. That was the best scene I've one of the best scenes I've ever seen in college football. Honestly, for all the stadiums I've been at, the pregame, the light show, the checkered checkering kneeling, the energy, the atmosphere was unparalleled. So that makes me think as well. If it would have gone Tennessee's way, it'd been crazy at the end.
A highlight from Hour 2: Wright Thompson, Tim Tebow, & Roman Harper
"Always tried to grab a glimpse when I've come to this town of our next guest. In fact, I had a great honor of about three years ago down here with marque of our crew interviewing John Grisham and afterwards we had over. I think it's you have to help me. It's the bar or above the city grocery. It's the city grocery bar. Okay. And there were two of the greatest rider riders estate has ever produced John Grisham and our next guest right Thompson. I'm like thinking, I have made it now. I'm in the presence of brilliance. Well, we were both in the presence of John, so I think that counts. It is great to see you. And you will be with me the rest of your life whether you want to or not because you are the voice of roll tide war eagle. Oh, I'm so sorry. The great 30 for 30 and I get to hear your name introduce our small role in that piece to introducing the world to Harvey update. Dude, I mean, Harvey, I would get emails from Harvey. Like, one time Harvey sent me an email and wonder if he could get tickets to the old miss Alabama game. And I'm like, Harvey, I can't, you know, it can't be my fault if you come kill the girl. I can't be involved in that. I remember you drop by our studio one day in the middle of that story. You were working on it. And it was like that crazy tornado and I just remember thinking, oh, yeah, it was like God will not permit Paul find Bond to die on the air. So I'm just going to stand next to him when this tornado is. Right, has done books. He has done some of the I mean for you aspiring writers just grab any right, Thompson. I'll just joking with him about a Michael Jordan PC did many years ago. I would dare to say, you're not running out of material because you pretty much done the biggest and the best. But how do you decide? Because you've done obscure people, obviously. Well, you know, I mean, it's like right now I'm working on a mice chases thing. That would be I'm very excited about that. You know, I was on the phone yesterday talking about a Rory McIlroy thing. So the stories keep coming. I mean, it's actually, you know, if you get bored in this job, like you're doing it wrong. But right and I'm just thinking to myself if somebody who dabbled in the writing business ten years ago, you're being falsely modest. But I'm thinking though, I mean, it's like Paul McCartney I listen to an album a couple of years ago on a plane. I'm like, why did he write this? And I'm thinking, you're not writing against other great writer. You're now writing against yourself. You're being compared to things you have done in the past. Well, it's funny. I mean, you know, I always joke about having written a successful story. Does it make the next one any easier? Like you still have to go down and stare at the blank screen and you're like, well, this is, you know, this is the one they finally figure out, I don't know what I'm doing. I'm about to sell my house Carlson, you'll be like, I don't know, it's over. But no, you're right. I mean, it doesn't, it doesn't buy you anything, certainly. And you have to start over every time. And it's such a cliche question, but because you've talked to so many different people over the years, whether it's Nick Saban or the mannings. But is there one that you will you will go to your grave if some young guy to New York Times 20 years from now is right, I know you're not doing well. I'd like to work on your obit. In advance, sit down. I got some stuff to say. It won't be me. But it might be somebody else and they say anything, could you tell us what sticks out in your last year's career? Well, I mean, I think about all the ones that I couldn't get. You know, like, I'm still dying to sit down with Barry Bonds. You know, like there's a whole list of things that tried to get done and couldn't. So, I mean, those are the ones that sort of bug you. You know, I mean, look, I'm from Mississippi, so talking about Archie Manning, sitting down with people don't like nationally, Archie is the father of your father now. But people don't realize that if you're in sort of a triangle between, say, Memphis, New Orleans and Dustin. He is as important as any living athlete. No, absolutely. And I've always thought that was interesting how he is such a hyperlocal phenomenon. But in that in that triangle, he's a huge deal. Yeah, I mean, I'm the next group after him growing up in Memphis. And I told this to somebody yesterday talking about Eli being honored this weekend that I still don't remember a more famous college football player in my life than argument. In my world, not nationally, but, you know, and it's still like he still is a he has talked about here in the present tense. You know? Like my godfather a couple of years ago went up to see like a new bishop being installed in the Episcopal Church in Washington D.C. and the national cathedral. And when he called my mother up afterwards, to describe it to her, he was trying to talk about the pomp and circumstance and all that. And he just said, mayor, I haven't seen anything that impressive since Archie Manning's junior year. You know, and like, it's still a thing. Do you think it was because things were changing so quickly at the time, especially in Mississippi? I thought a lot about this. Yeah. I mean, like why? Yeah. I mean, I think two things. I mean, I think one, it was one last grass at the sort of 59 60 61 62 team that was really as good as any team in the country. And then the other thing, I think, you know, my dad certainly talked about this. Every one of those students thought they were going to Vietnam. And Archie, I love you talk about college football, how it's always worked. The starting has been trophy containing quarterback for old miss Archie Manning, failed his draft physical. They got a doctor down in Jackson who were like really? Yeah, yeah, yeah, no, they got him a they got Archie to fail his physical. National defense is one thing, but we can't. You can't get rid of the quarterback. But I mean, I think that's a lot. I think in retrospect, it worked out. It worked out great. But no, I mean, I think that was certainly some of it. But it is odd the degree to which people still talk about a 70 something year old man. Yeah, and I guess I don't want to look at myself in the bird, but when I look at Archie, I'm like, yeah, I thought what happened? Seems like I was just watching him and he sort of makes noise when he walks. He sort of sounds like, you know, like a transformer transforming. It's not great. I mean, he's got new parts and, you know, hobb on around. I just came up with an idea for you. Just in a year, you just follow a certain former Heisman Trophy winner on the campaign trail in juxtapose that versus 1980. It's just unbelievable. I mean, it's just totally like, you know, Archie. Sometimes you're like, I don't know if he going, you know, moving around he's got his cane.
A highlight from Hour 1: Lane Kiffin, Katie George, & Josiah-Jordan James
"We finally made it fourth weekend of October fame third Saturday in October has gone the fourth is tomorrow in Tuscaloosa, but they don't really care about that here. We're in the grove. And we are ready to roll as old miss having one of its best seasons in a long time. Lane kiffin will be here in just a few minutes and it's great to have all of you with us for the next couple of hours. LSU and all this offenses come ready to play in the high scoring afternoon. That is tomorrow afternoon. It is the featured game in the SEC and the two coaches are ready. Mike Carell will top players in the country. It's very fast. I can run the football through the football to think about you can see my career. He played with his heart. He played with character. And he's very tough. He's not very good shape. It hasn't been for the last two days. So you guys know how we are on injuries, hopefully he'll play, but I do not feel good about that right now. Obviously we don't want our quarterback Brian 30 times running off our core vaccine and play this week. So my running backs need to step up. We just started studying old myths. I've been looking at my Carell all morning, and we expect an end to play, but we're going to study a second team quarterback, but Nolan Matt and no one goes when he's kind of throwing me a smokescreen. She always has great players. You know, they put it together in the run game last week, and I saw the back running people over, they look like Leonard fournette. You know, so that's a challenge, obviously. So the battle of wits between coach kiffin and Ed O and we will talk to lane kiffin in a few minutes and obviously that's a question that we are going to ask about the health of Matt chorale. Meanwhile, what about the health? Of hooker in the Tennessee Alabama game, Tennessee, hinden hooker's health, looking better, according to the coaches and look according to people familiar with that program. They absolutely need him without hooker, their chances of beating Alabama are none. Their chances of being in Alabama with him are slim. I think the rivalry between Tennessee and Alabama is, you know, one of the old great rivalries in college football goes way back. I know it means a lot to a lot of people. You know, in our state, certainly means a lot to me and hopefully we'll get that translated to our team. Josh I was on a really good job at Tennessee, their team is playing really well. They're explosive on offense. They make a lot of big plays. They run the ball very effectively. First of all, you got great personnel. It starts there. You know, their ability to be different and I say that meaning apply pressure with pressure. And some of that being simulated with a drop in ends, their ability to get pressure with the front four. Their ability to fit the fit the run game and apply it at a really high level. You put all that together. They've been difficult to move football. So quite a lot to do with this weekend. It is a weekend where a number of schools have buy weeks, nationally easily the weakest group of games that we've seen all year in the SEC. We've obviously talked about the two big games, the one here. And over in Tuscaloosa, where else will we go this afternoon? We have a big grass as we always do. We'll start with light, Kevin, he'll join us in just a few minutes right here. And then Katie George from Tuscaloosa. On the call for the Alabama game. Wright Thompson to poet laureate of the SEC he'll join us. He's an Oxford native Tebow, Roman Harper, Jordan, that's a pretty good combination of great SEC players there, Laura will drop by Marty. The athletic director and the man who hired coach kiffin Keith Carter will join us in the final hour as Chris storing and your phone calls at 8 5 5 two four two 7 two 8 5. We'll try to squeeze the calls in between guests and we have a little bit of time to do that right now. Hugh starts it off in deep gap North Carolina. Hello Hugh, good afternoon. A couple of quick things. My good pal, Charlie Horton was a running back at Vanderbilt in the mid 50s, and he was one of the most prominent officials in the southeastern conference for almost 30 years. And I asked him after a very poor officiated bowl game that Kentucky was in with northwestern about why the southeastern conference officials were so much better. And he's been retired 25 years. He's 86 years old. He still is at his playing late, and he walks with a push card 18 holes, Paul. He makes me feel ashamed. He told me the following. He said that every official needs to pass a physical exam and a stress test before they are allowed to officiate with any team in the conference. He said that the southeastern conference drills the mechanics of where you supposed to be and how you move to try to ensure that every official has at least a fighting chance to see the play as it develops. I think Charlie probably nailed that. These guys are human. They're not perfect, but I think that southeastern conference officials are the best that I've seen of any of the college officiating. I got one quick question for you. I think that at this point, there are three teams in the southeastern conference that have one loss and plus Georgia's undefeated. After watching what Georgia's front 7 did to Kentucky's offensive line, I'm convinced that's the best front defensive 7. I've seen since Doug gets played for Tennessee in the 50s. I don't think Alabama has a prayer against him. And here's my question to you. How many one last teams will there be in the southeastern conference at the end of the season and after the championship game? Right now there's old miss Kentucky and Alabama. Yeah, I think there could be I think Kentucky has a chance. I think they do not belong in the playoffs. Christmas Day. Give him a good new year's bowl and I'll be a happy camper. But George just showed me that they're not in that league right now. And for the record, Paul, floated and have a chance. Then oh boy, the reason Kentucky went with short passes is because when you've got three seconds to get rid of the ball before the defense hits you alive, you don't have the time to develop long plays. And that's just the truth of it. That Georgia defense is for real. It's the best I've seen since the mid 50s. Thank you very much. Great to hear from you. John and Louisville, you're on the air hello John, go ahead. God, I wish I had used voice. Anyways, I love Fridays. I'd love to see these campuses and I love you on Sunday too. Do you ever take a day off? Listen, the football season is short, John. There's plenty of time to luxury around the pool. Well, here's Mike Tommen and request a Mike Griffith and question for laying kiffin. The usual Mike Griff is in fact, I'll agree with Jimmy is somewhat of a drama queen. But he spent I don't know how many minutes building up Florida then he tears him down. Then he takes his usual cheap shots at other coaches like Jimbo and lane kiffin. But laying out breadcrumbs back 11 years to the cost and excuse for the fan insurrection, so to speak, it was just off the charts.
A highlight from Watson to Miami Rumors and Tuas Future With Jeff Darlington, Plus a Look Back at The War, Hagler-Hearns, With Bob Arum and Don Stradley
"Podcast. I mean, I'm not lying this time. Usually been pretty deep. We have a special edition of the war. Hagler hearns 1985, British fight I've ever seen. Hopefully you watch if you didn't check it out, take 15 minutes of your time. Dawn straddle is the author of the book the war that just came out. Bob arum, who promoted a bunch of hagler fights promoted hagler hearns in 1985, so we're going to get the backstory on the book. And then the actual fight from aram's perspective some great stories in there with your life advice at the end. And Jeff Darlington on what's going on with deshaun Watson is he going to end up becoming a part of Miami Dolphins for the trade deadline and a little MBA open. The first week of the NBA season, there's some fake stuff and there's some real stuff. I think Milwaukee, put more in the nets game than I would against Miami, other than Miami, maybe they're going to be really good. Now, before we did the season over under us, I think Miami is going to be good, but I was like, you know, with the age of butler and Kyle Lowry, like how much of those guys are going to push? Are they going to paste them a little bit, but the thing is butler and Lowry aren't really pace, guys. And they put it on Milwaukee last night. But I still think the Milwaukee has so much shooting now and we already know how it plays out. We know all their pieces. They're still going to be offensive concerns in the playoffs for me a little bit. Even going back to last, this past season, when they want to title, they were the 11th best team on offense. So, you know, these are all longer term things, but Milwaukee might be really nasty. And I'm going to put more into the game against Brooklyn than I would against Miami, but that's not dismissing Miami. The Lakers thing it can't be that bad Golden State. That was incredible game. I have a big step topic that I want to do next week. But here's something that I think is very real. And that's Atlanta. Their depth is absurd. Whether it's tray, janja hunter, mcdonagh and then Collins capella, which is kind of the 5, they have delonge right, they picked up Kim reddish look terrific last night, really aggressive, great first step, shot looked all right. Don't forget Kev, Kevin herder, Solomon hill, who for whatever reason I was kind of like, but I know I shouldn't. Gorgie Jang, a backup big, a Congo's coming back in a couple of months to nil, didn't play last night and they got two first round picks and Jalen Johnson and Sharif Cooper. Jalen, who may be away from duke, he's going to look better. I didn't love what I saw at duke. He was not afraid to shoot during garbage time last night, and then Sharif Cooper, who's the point guard who is probably as much fun to watch with the ball in his hands and his passing terrific as long as he doesn't shoot 'cause I thought his shop was one of the worst that I'd seen from any of the first round draft prospects. And that still with Lou Williams, luau cabaret could play as well. This is a really, really deep basketball team. It's hard to be this deep in the NBA. And granted they'll still have some decisions to make, but there's two parts to it. They are incredibly adaptable. If they want to go big, they can stay big if they want to go small. They have multiple big sized wings. I mean, herders even a big guy beyond reddish and hunter who are big dudes. So now you have some switch ability with your perimeter guys. You have shot makers everywhere. I don't know who's going to end up getting all the minutes, but it's a really good problem to have and they're I don't know what to do with the top of the yeast because it's probably going to be week by week or who I still know who the favorites are, but how many other teams are you going to put at the level of the top two or three teams when you think the other two or three teams are right and that still includes Philadelphia and whatever version of this mess is going to end up being sorted out as and then the nets and all their problems, but at least Milwaukee feels real about that group. So whether it's Atlanta or Miami getting into there and I'm not ready to put Boston in that I wasn't before the season. So we're going to have to see a little bit more. I also think Atlanta is worth least paying attention to. On the trade front, again, I don't know who the player is. I don't know what the package would be, but they have options. Atlanta has a ton of options. And if they play better defense, consistently, Canadian pronunciation over the course of a regular season that we saw last year. Maybe this is that playoff experience thing where they tasted they felt it. And now they were going to see another level of this team consistently over the course of the season. But I'm really impressed. Although trade you get three total bullshit calls again. Which reminds me fucking crazy. Sorry. All right, I have a question for you guys. I was shooting around the other day. It was two days ago, day off off day. So I was getting some shots up.
A highlight from League preview, predictions, picks: The Big East (College Basketball 10/22)
"Turning our attention to the bees specifically the biggies because I think the Big E alphabetically does come before the Big Ten and the big 12. Do you agree with that dead leg? Does the biggie's come before the big 12? And the Big Ten or does that numeral 12 come before the letter E? That's right. You messed it up. The big 12, stylistically, technically goes first. But here we are, so we might as well just talk about the big east? Well, I decided, I'm gonna spell out all the words. Okay. So big 12 starts with a T that's true. Big Ten also a T big east. That's an E and if you put all your letters right out in front of you and start from left to right, 26 of them, you're gonna get to eat before you get to tea. That's correct. So here we are. ET from the 80s. Indeed, a movie from the 80s we are talking big east smells. I'm smelling like a four bit league this year, right? Villanova clearly at the top, though, we might as well start in the wildcat GP because while there will be other good teams that emerge from this and we've got our suspicions, we are in that we find ourselves in the spot again where nova just seems to be a cut above and some real separation from the rest of the league. It's the only as you heard on our all American podcast from Thursday. It's the only team represented in our all America teams from this conference with Colin Gillespie. And my wind about even having, maybe we'll see, might want it having the two best players in Gillespie and then Justin Moore, who I wouldn't put too too far behind him. But yes, it's nova trying to get back to another final four on Jay Wright fresh off. A Hall of Fame induction reestablishing what should be that program supremacy in the conference? Yeah, I've got Villanova 5th in my top 25 and one. And the next big east team I have is Yukon. The only other biggie's team I have is UConn at number 23. So that's an 18 spot difference. And no other power conference has that big of a gap between the first team and the second team in my top 25 and one. Kim pump, it is a little closer. And Kim Pong villain over preseason 9 and Yukon is 21st. So there's a 12 spot difference between first and second there. Somewhat surprisingly, at least to me, there are two power conferences with bigger gaps at Kim pom between its projected first place team and projected second place team. Can you name them? Let's call it a trivia. Does this need to be a tree? I feel like you're getting a little too nutty with the turbulence, but okay. So power conferences of the 70s. I just start finding stuff right now. But I'm prepping. And I go that could be a trivia time. So it's going to be PAC 12, UCLA and the gap between UCLA and Oregon, right? Well, for me, at the top 25 and one, it is UCLA and Oregon, but kit bob is actually UCLA and USC. Kim pump UCLA is number 7 USC number 20 that's a 13 spot difference. And then I'm inclined to say it's the ACC with duke and then is it FSU number two at Ken pum? Look at you, you little genius. Duke is tent that Ken Tom, Florida state 24th. That's first and second in the league, a 14 spot different. So the top 25 and one, I've got duke 8th, UNC 15th, and then I've got UCLA second in Oregon 16th. So that's a 14 spot difference again between where I have Villanova and UConn is an 18 spot difference. Let me ask you this. If this were a survivor game or whatever. And you had to pick a conference champion from the power 5 plus the big east and the AAC. Miss this and you're dead like squid game, which team you picking Villanova? UCLA or somebody else? You got to get the conference champion right? Definitely picking Villanova. Me too. Yeah, got it. They have the strongest case historically, this roster, recent history, the whole deal. Yeah. They won at least a share of 7 of the past 8 biggie's titles. 6 of those are outright. They shared it in 2020 with seating Hawn creighton and then they finished second in 2018 behind Xavier, and then of course went on to win the national title. 6 double digit scores on that national championship team. That team lost four games, but only twice when their best 6 were healthy and play. So they lost a St. John's, but they didn't have Eric paschal or Phil booth. And then they lost a Providence in that season. No fill booth. But the only full strength losses that season for that Villanova team finished 36 and four. It was at butler at crayton, both by single digit. That team was awesome. Yeah, I'm on record saying that's one of the 5 best championship teams of the century basically. Instead, in the moment at the time, because of how dominant it was offensively just the Jenkins title is going to be more remembered for obvious reasons. He hits the only true buster Peter to win it in tournament history. And we get all that and they be Caroline, but the team two years later was actually the better overall team there. This team won't be that for sure. I don't see any way how it gets really that close to that. But it's still you and I are in agreement, you know, preseason top 5 standing is the fairest way to go about it. And it's because it's got Gillespie back 14 and 6 guy. Justin Moore averages 13 points last season Jermaine Samuels, opted to return for a super senior season. He averaged 12 a game. That's the core. And then Brian Antoine is a former high level prospect who has not had the start to his career that nova fans were hoping for. And some of that's due to injury, he's still going to be interested to start the season. But if he can rejoin and be a big factor there, and I do think that he will, that's another reason why I put this wildcat team on the level that I do, because traditionally you look at Jay writing that group and it's just they always have experience depth. They play smart, they shoot well, Wright gives those guys a lot of individual freedom on the floor. He doesn't, if you talk to other coaches in the league and really other coaches around the sport, they'll say that Jay and his staff, they don't micromanage their players within the context of a game. You don't see a lot of that. And I think that's taken a while for right to get to this point, but it is truly part of their culture there. And that kind of stuff can pay off it could occasionally mine only backfire as well, but it can really pay off in the big picture. And that's why nova has ascended to the spot. It's a send it to. And it's not only one of the best programs in the country. It's that way because of the fact that he has managed to get players to buy in for the most part stay and then once you get to be a junior senior, you can really pop and you can be part of this amazing run that they've been going through. And I expect we'll continue to at least the tune of a number one two or three seed in March. We also adapted to how modern offensive basketball has played, probably better than anybody. And certainly earlier than most at the top of the sport. Spread the floor, keep it spread, shooters everywhere, let it fly. I mean, that 2018 team would just bombed you from every position, basically they could bomb you. And so he adapted to that more quickly than most. There are other guys doing it now. Nate Oates at Alabama has adapted and is playing a modern style of basketball. But Jay was a little ahead of it and I don't think there's any doubt that contributed to all of the success that Villanova's had for pretty significant stretch. They really only lose two rotation players from last season. Jeremiah Robinson Earl, that's a big loss. Cole swider, bring back for the top 5 scores. As a team that won the big east last season by multiple games and brings back then for the top 5, two of them are super seniors.
A highlight from Hour 4: Jaden Shackelford & Scotty Pippen Jr
"The pride passion that pageantry of college football lives here. This is the Paul Fein bomb show our four podcast. Welcome back to the program. In Colorado, how are you? Oh, I'm fine, Paul, how are you? Quite well, thank you. Okay, well, thanks for your show. I wanted to add I'm going to list you fam, longtime issue fan kind of springs. I wanted to know who you think would be best for LSU if male Tucker or James Franklin and why do you think so? Yeah, I might lean a little more toward Mel Tucker, and it's a close call. I just have a hunch that James Franklin is looking toward southern Cal. So I'm not as focused on him, although I think he's a phenomenal coach and I think he would do well anywhere. He's already proven that. To me, Tucker has some advantages, having coached at LSU before under coach Saban, having been at Alabama having been at Georgia being in the NFL. I think he really has a lot of the characteristics that are necessary for that job. Yeah. I'm sort of liking the pulp the male Tucker thing. I think it perhaps coming to Alice you may be in an ideal situation for him to really flex his muscles and coaching abilities with all of the support he would have from the athletic director and just the fans there. Yeah, I think the challenge for him and you remember when he was in boulder. I mean, he's made a lot of moves, but that's what happens when you're successful. But this is not just making a move from Colorado to Michigan state or this is quite a step up. Thank you for the call. I do appreciate it. Let's get back to our build up to basketball on the SEC right around the corner and Robin pinched and joining us from Columbia coach. Good to see you again. Always always great to visit and how are you and I know you're excited about the season. I'm doing great, great to see you, Paul and just appreciate all you do for all of us. But really excited as a coach, obviously excited for a couple more weeks of practice. I know our girls are getting to get on the court and play some games, but it's been a great off season for us. And I think we've got a lot of work at accomplished and still have work to do, but I'm looking forward to the season. I know it's an understatement because I had this conversation yesterday with coach Kala Perry that nobody wants to look to last year. Some teams were successful, obviously. But it was a nightmare from just trying to get chemistry and familiarity. So I would imagine even though your women are antsy, it is an improvement. Is it not well, I'll be honest with you Paul. I think COVID probably favored more veteran teens. It was, you know, in some teams were affected more with contact tracing than others. But I'm really, I feel very thankful for the adversity that we had. I just feel like there was a lot of lessons to be learned and I think it can propel you to a level that you maybe couldn't have gone to without it. And so I always think there's lessons in the fire and I think we're stronger and better because of them. As far as preparation, every coach looks at the preseason and it's not really the preseason the non conference games differently. How do you approach that part of the season to get ready for what we all know is a difficult stretch in the SEC? Yeah, I tell you what, the SEC about the time you don't think it can get any stronger. It just every year it seems a little bit tougher. But, you know, I think that's why we love being in it. I love how competitive it is from top to bottom. You know, the non conference is going to be really important for us. We've got 5 new players and so just to build that chemistry, which we've been working on since April. And then in June, you bring your new players in and we have 5 new faces and the off season works been great, but I think the non conference schedule that we have will provide some opportunities to build some momentum, build some chemistry, but also challenge us with some tough gains and there to prepare us for SEC play. You've had such great success and we just got through watching one of your players in the NBA Finals. I know there are a lot of different ways to approach it, especially having had this success. You have had, but when you have a player like Sophie, who's in the spotlight, how does that come back to help your program? Yeah, well, first, so excited for Sophie. The chance to point the WNBA finals is obviously a great accomplishment for everyone. Great for her, great for our program. Great for our university and community. But for us, you know, this season's this off season's really been about getting back to our core values to our standards to accountability to discipline to attention to detail. Last year was a tough year with COVID. But when you look at how close we were, you know, losing games by an average of one point in SEC play. And so, you know, it just goes back to reiterating the importance of attention to detail of having great discipline in everything that we do. You mentioned non conference, do you, I mean, what is the right mix for that? I mean, you want really good opponents, but you know you're going to be credited regardless because the SEC, you get the number one team in the country. So you're going to get quality points. So what is the best way to go about those games? Well, you know, I think the toughest thing about scheduling is, you don't know for sure what that roster is going to look like, you know, just with the transfer portal and new kids in and out and injuries and whatnot. So you really try to plan that a year in advance and it can be challenging at times, but I think for us, it's always been about having a good blend, a good mix. We definitely want to be challenged. We don't want to false sense of security going into SEC play. But at the same time, you want to have a chance to build some camaraderie and chemistry on that court and build some confidence. And so, you know, my neighbors actually from Arkansas done a great job in our SEC conference meetings, just, you know, trying to help us understand used to be the RPI. And now it's the Ned and just as a conference as a whole, we want to do our due diligence of putting everybody. It's not just about Missoula but it's about the entire league in a position to have as many teams as we can in the NCAA tournaments. So that non conference schedule becomes really important, and again, not just about us, but about more importantly our league as a whole. Your first game is on how do you as we close here? How do you keep everybody saying for these next two weeks knowing that it's still not there yet? Yeah, we've got a couple exhibition games, and so that'll be, you know, a good change up for our players. Like everybody, we've got a scout team. So, you know, it's hard to sometimes get a real good gauge on where you're at. I always, you know, try to have a scout team that's got bigger faster, stronger than we are. And so it challenges us every day for sure. I'm thankful we've got a couple of weeks left, but we've really tried to hone in on our defense ever since April that was an area that we felt like, you know, we definitely needed to make some improvement on offensively. We were pretty efficient. We've got kids that can stretch the court, but defensively, we had to get better. And so that's really better primary focus. And I've seen a lot of growth in that area. Coach is always a pleasure to see you all the best and we hope to get together again soon. Good luck. I appreciate that. Thank you, Paul. Thanks for everything you do for us. Thank you, coach, really great to talk to coach Robin pinched in. And we got more tomorrow. We got to we'll wait tomorrow morning and a couple of Tennessee stars as we work our way through the day and the build up to basketball has been quite exciting here on the program this week. Let's get back to the calls and sunny in Mississippi. Hey, seany go right ahead. Pitfall is present out to you again. Thank you very much.
A highlight from Hour 3: Mike Griffith
"This is the Paul Fein bomb show hour three podcast. And the second half of the show is live and we appreciate you dropping on die. Let's check in with Mike who is up next in Texas. Hey, Mike. Hi Paul. Good afternoon to you. Thank you. Good afternoon. A few days back, I was watching your show and somebody called in and they wanted to know the disparity between, I think it was Kentucky, getting a $250,000 fine and a and M only getting a 100,000 and you said you had check in on it, but the way I understand it is that somebody and the SEC headquarters keep score and it's $50,000 per event. Now, I don't know if it matches out at $250,000. If you've got more than 5 times that you've been lost, but that was a difference cause that no at a and M that was their second egregious fault and rushing the field once of an overtime with LSU and then again with the Alabama game. Yeah, I think you are correct about that. There is a scale first offense, second offense. Yeah, I don't know what happens if you're like a 5 time loser. I'm not sure what they do to you, but they make you stay after school, I guess. Yeah. The one other observation has washing the Tennessee homes game. The people that really took the brand all that mischievous activity were the people on the ground floor, and they were Tennessee fans. Yeah, you're right. I mean, when you're throwing a mustard bottle from whatever row, you're in. Unless you're Peyton Manning, you're probably not going to hit your target very well. Hey, thank you very much for the call. Floyd is up next. Go right head Floyd. Thank you, Paul for taking my call. Gentlemen called in a few minutes ago one of the explanation as to why that TD that they've been scooped up and carried in was all back. I was watching the game and the announcers talked to the ahead of visual. In the stadium. And his explanation was that the two referees it took off following the guy that carried the ball in for a touchdown from DeepMind's one of them should have made the call that corral was stopped in front of the ball. Right. And they didn't want the other referees did. And so we were lost to touchdown, but reasonably got the football was that it was fourth down. Okay. That is a good explanation. And I'm glad you shared that with us. I take care of yourself. Bill is up next in Houston. Hey Bill. Hey, Paul. How's it going? Very well. I just wanted to get your opinion on this real quick. I'm kind of curious. And this is a poll question. You know, every year, at the beginning of the year, they usually take the big name schools, the SEC schools, and they put them at the top of the polls. The season starts and a lot of these schools lose. But the schools with the big names dropped one or two, but the regular skills take a Cincinnati. If Cincinnati lose one game, they drop all the way out of the top ten. If Oregon beats Ohio State, Oregon drops down, but Ohio State stays close to the top. Now, you know, just looking at if the game is played on the field, rather than somebody picking their favorite teams, I'm just trying to understand how is it that you are truly getting a true champion if you're only picking the schools who you think? I mean, Alabama has been great for years. We know that. But anybody else in the SEC has been up and down and up and down. A and M has done no better in the SEC than they did in the big 12. And so I'm trying to understand how is it that they're really getting the best teams in there if they're only picking the teams that they think are the better teams. Well, Bill, thanks for the call. Again, let me explain the polls don't matter at all. Their beauty contest what matters when it comes to picking the college football playoff is a 13 person committee that we will start talking about in two weeks quite a bit. And they evaluate every game they get together every weekend starting in two weeks. And they come up with a list. So it has nothing to do with what happened in the past or the perception, whether we quibble with this group or not, and quite frankly, as much as I have criticized them, they have essentially gotten a right at the end of the year. Maybe not in the build up, but they usually get it right toward the end. Let's continue with more phone calls. And Mitch is up next. Hello and ka Paul, how are you today? Well, Mitch, how are you? I'm doing well. Can I make a quick observation before I ask your question? Sure. Hello? Yeah, go ahead and have Mitch. I think Jim needs to give his dentures reattach base talent is slipping. Recently. If you were a coach in college football,
A highlight from Hour 2: Mike Aresco
"You here. Next week's Georgia Florida game concerning quarterback situation at UGA will have that for you. In just a few minutes, more of your phone calls with a 5 5 two four two 7 two 8 5 gem is up next. Good afternoon, Jim. So Richardson's gonna start, no doubt about that, right? I mean, can you not break the news without a day before? Yeah. Well, the game's not until next week. Which game are we talking about? Well, whatever. We know that richton will start the breaking that's the breaking news. Actually, you're not right about that, but that's okay. I'm right to he'll start waiting for you. No, I don't know whether he will or not, but the news, the news is the news coming out involves Georgia's quarterback situation, not Florida. Okay. Okay, fine. Hey, hey, Paul. You know, I'm 11 keys now. He's great. He's a great guy. Ellie, I'm loving kids. Ram's okay. I've got a problem. There's a pain in your shell now. What is that? You know? With other guy that answers the phone. I mean, he's giving me a hard time. Hold on. Let me. Let me. I want to hear from the other guys. Who is he to? Oh, so you're speaking of jamari, right? I don't know how speaking out. I'm not going to tell you, the only talk about it. No, I just wanted to make sure, so it's not rams, but we only have two people it's not by obvious. It's not keys. I can say, they're both okay, accuse is great. I love keys. Yeah, but it's jamara. Oh, I got something for you though. Okay. I got something for you. Surprising. Yeah, go ahead. Surprising, I guess surprising that I'm complaining. Is that what you're saying? No, I just, I'm glad you like two of the three people that we have backstage. Well, I lost my great song two hours. You're right. So I affiliate bad Paul. 1978. All I'm saying is 248 million. Especially on the pine bomb. I started to say the other word, but I'll say show instead of other word. So, okay. I got some very Paul. Well, let me have it. Your boy, your favorite boy from the house. I almost hadn't talked into Colin about 20 minutes ago, but he said he's not in the mood right now, but he's got hot stuff, hot, hot stove. I mean, I really believe he's on target. But I don't know if you're calling out, but he's got something good. He's got some stuff that I believe is true, I wish he'd go in and give it to you and. No, I didn't say anything. I was just pondering I'd like to say something. All right. Well, the other thing other thing is you are about ten seconds late on the guy Scotty. I was about to scream or let that mouth on. That mouth or half brother or I mean, who in the world I would talk about, okay, I'm not going to I'm not going to talk about, you know, I don't talk about it. I'm talking people now. You didn't get him all fast enough to follow Scottie. Well, I go, you know, the guy you remember? Yeah, no, I know what you're talking about. I do. Oh my goodness. I mean, you know, oh my goodness, Paul, is that a flash somebody's ear? Stuff like that. Well Jim, thanks for the call. That was great. How about Matthew and Missouri, hello, Matthew? Hi, mister Paul, I wanted to say about two months ago I was listening and you had some crazy KU person call in and tried to argue how great K you are going to be and I just roll in but anyway, I'm calling for a whole different. I'm excited about Missouri football in the future but this year. You're the expert SEC. I'm not my eyeball test. We have the worst running defense. You know the product is very positive. A lot of people just think we're going to be Vanderbilt. Do you think it's pretty I mean, I think, unfortunately, the very fan that you've got to, you've got to get a lot of argument why we are the worst D.C. football the toilet bowl is a week from Saturday. And then we all take my answer off the air. Yeah, I think anything I say will just be the stating the obvious in terms of the disappointment. I thought Eli, drink which hiring of Steve wilks was really going to solve a lot of problems. So far it hasn't. He's the defensive coordinator, at least he is now. Let's talk to Gary in Ohio, a hello Gary, go right ahead. Hey, Paul, how you doing? We're doing great. Thank you for the call. Man, I called you and complimented you a couple of weeks back on number one. Your fairness toward the highest state in the Big Ten number two, 21 college football hall fame. Most importantly, I wanted to talk about a different subject. And that is looking forward. It was a brilliant move by the FCC obviously to attract Oklahoma in Texas. Now, the downside of that perhaps is looking forward to who makes up the voters of the CFP. As a primarily ADS from the power of 5 and or former ADs of power 5 conferences. Mostly, right?
A highlight from Hour 1: Brett Norsworthy
"The weekend and tomorrow we'll be in. Oxford. Here are NASA's last week will be an oxygen tomorrow did you ready for the LSU or miss weekend and everything else? And let's get to some headlines and there's some pretty big headlines right now. Making the making the rounds aggies must avoid a trap game against the gamecocks. Did I read that at all incorrectly? I think I did. On this, Matt corral, what's the status of him, nobody's buying kiffin subterfuge? We'll talk to kiffin about Mac Carell at this time tomorrow in the grove. Some are looking ahead next week. Of course, the annual meeting between Florida and Georgia, the quarterback situation, the topic du jour and Gainesville. In the AAC has some new members they went all out to strengthen their forces. How about this? They lost some big names. They've got Charlotte. Florida, Atlantic, stop me if you have heard any of these names before. North Texas rice, UAB, and you keys a micro resco. It is a great day for us. We decided, we had a number of schools that had interest in us, and we looked at schools that we felt could invest it had a record of success, or if they were younger programs really had the ability to thrive when they would get more exposure and more promotion from our media partner ESPN or wonderful media partner. Obviously to have. And so consequently we thought, okay, this expansion is going to take us into the next decade. And how do we want to look? And we felt that there is strength in numbers as long as the numbers make sense. And the schools that you're taking makes sense. We've strengthened our position in Texas, enormously, and that's a very important state. Obviously it's a football hotbed football drive so much of this. You know, strengthened our presence in Florida and North Carolina. Also, Morgan, there's a better geographical footprint now in terms of the cohesion of our schools in terms of travel in terms of Olympic sports in terms of other things. I'm just following the rescue along. So the league loses Houston, so they're strengthening their presence in Texas by adding wood. UT San Antonio helped me along with Owen rice, I'm sorry. And north Texas. Yeah. So they're losing who else are they losing? UCF, a brand name, but replacing them with what Charlotte? Oh, Florida Atlantic, I'm sorry. I got my gear at my geography wrong. They lose the number two team in the country right now Cincinnati and replace them with UAB. Who else? In Charlotte. Okay. Makes perfect sense. And if you don't believe my interpretation of what Michael esco had to say, he'll join us in about an hour. Brett, nor is worthy for moments radio. We'll talk to him about the rebels we can. Talk to a rescue. Mike Griffith, coach at Missouri, we look forward to that. And two of the best players in the SEC. Scottie Pippen junior and Jaden shackelford will talk to them together. And your phone calls right now at 8 5 5 two four two 7 two 8 5 pat starts it off. In Georgia helipad. Hey, Paul, thanks. I enjoyed listening to the interview with Marcelo yesterday among other things he talked about SEC referees and I thought I heard you say you were going to stop defending them. That is crown. Well, and I have a 78 year old friend of mine who has not missed a home game in Athens in 60 years. He will go to his grave, believing that Alabama has ref all our efforts and the SEC in their back pocket it hasn't been good. There's more light shed on them because of the cameras and all, do you think we may have to go to full-time referees? I don't think that will happen. And part of the reason I said what I did yesterday is that sometimes I think people believe because I'm affiliated with the conference and ESPN that I'm just shilling for the referees. I've had I've just tried to give an explanation of people I know, but I'm not gonna do it anymore because I frankly don't think people believe it. They have their own opinions of the refs and they're welcome to it. Well, I've always said, play better. Play well enough so that one bad call by referee isn't going to affect your win of that game. And I still believe that I applaud you for being neutral and for saying what you have said about officiating in the SEC. There's too much money involved for part time employees as referees. I really do think that we probably should beg a serious look at this. I think it's up to it's up to the SEC from here on. However they decide to do it. But they've got a PR problem. And you know what? This problem has existed for as long as I can remember. I remember sitting with the previous commissioner, there was a controversial ending to the Alabama issue game one year. And he went out and hired a consultant to discuss better ways to communicate with the media, but people don't want to be communicated with. They want the right call. Absolutely. Especially if they're drinking heavily. They don't want to have anything to do with that. And I think that's possible. I just have always wished those pat in the NFL will do this sometimes. I just wish that when the call was wrong, admit it. Don't try in the past, the SEC director of officiating has always tried to come out and say this or that. The bottom line is, I think people appreciate honesty as opposed to scepter fuge. Absolutely. And I don't know about a postgame interview with the officials, but I agree with you. You know, well, I mean, okay, I'm not opposed to it. But when you blow it, by the way, I mean, sometimes it does take a little more time, you know, by Monday though, I think we ought to hear from the SEC or whatever league it is and say, listen, we got 98% of them right or whatever. Absolutely. But the one thing about, I learned early in life, when I screw up, admit it. I'm sorry, I made a mistake. At least people stop yelling at you about. The conspiracy theories are just way are ridiculous, but I think I'm going to take backwards. Marcelo wanted the official interview after the game. I don't think that's a good idea. I think you really need someone other than that official making the statement. I think the head of the officials should discuss it just like everything else. And let the folks know what we did right and what we did wrong. That's the only way that's the only way to solve this. At least short term. Thank you for the call. Gene is up next in Tennessee. Hello, Jane. Hey, tones, good to talk to you today. You are doing great. Thank you. That's good.
A highlight from NFL Week 7 Picks: Chiefs at Titans, Bears at Bucs, Bengals at Ravens, Colts at 49ers
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A highlight from The 2021-22 CBS Sports big preseason awards and three All-America teams (College Basketball 10/21)
"Time of the year. Season starts in less than three weeks of dead leg. Let's run through our preseason individual awards first. Player of the year, coach of the year, freshman of the year. The CBS sports preseason national player of the year is Gonzaga's drew Timmy, the CBS sports preseason national coach of the year is produced Matt painter and the CBS sports preseason national freshman of the year is dukes, Paulo Ben Caro. That doesn't exactly match my ballot. Is that the ballot you turned in? It is. Here are my top three of each. Drew chem for player of the year. Timmy was one, Ben Caro was two. Coburn, Kofi coburn, Illinois was my number three selection for preseason player of the year. Coach of the year, Matt painter was my number one Mark few was my number two Bill self was my number three pick. And in freshman of the year, palo bank Carol was my number one pick, Chet holmgren was number two, and then Tennessee's Kennedy Chandler is my prediction to be the third best freshman in college basketball this season. I guess my ballot was national player of the year preseason. It went Timmy won, then Carol two, Johnny juzek three. Coach of the year, we'll get into that in a second. Freshman of the year was Ben Carol one, homegrown two Omani Bates three. Yeah. And then coach of the year, I went Mark few one, I don't even remember who I two and three. But this is the one that's difficult for me. How do you even vote for preseason coach of the year? What is your what is your process? How did you land on Matt painter? Yeah, this is beauty in the eye of the beholder stuff as far as I'm concerned. I tried to select someone who I thought was likely to have one of the three or four best teams in the country that is highly respected and wasn't necessarily Gonzaga, which returns the preseason player of the year. And I knew Timmy was going to win it. So I had few number two and like Bill self has got an interesting so you didn't vote for Mark for you because of drew Timmy? I don't understand. Yeah. That's basically important. None of this makes any sense. Hey, listen, what do you want from me? I don't know what the margins are on these things. But yeah, I picked. I also did that. I also did it this way. And now I can't get votes because he happens to have a great player on it. That's right. I did it this way. I really, when it came down to it, I thought, who do I think is going to be most likely when we get to the end of the season, we hand out these awards and the award tends to be handed out to a coach who might not have necessarily been projected to have the first second or third best team. But if that's the case, that person is going to win it. And I think Matt painter is the most likely recipient to win it. It's fine with me. I just, I find coat to the ear to be the most interesting of these awards. And by interesting, I mean, complicated. Because preseason player of the year and postseason player of the year always goes to the same person or at least the thought it processes the same for everybody. In the preseason, you're trying to just say, hey, here's the guy who I think could be the best player in college basketball. And then the postseason award, it's the same thing. Here's the guy who was the best player in college basketball. But coach of the year gets interpreted so differently. Because sometimes it really is the guy who had the best team. At least at the time of the voting last year, Mark few, at Gonzaga. But in the other times, it goes to the guy who overachieved more than anybody else. Like the guy who was picked 9th in the Big Ten, but finished second. That's gonna be your coach of the year. We don't hold coaches. To the same standards that we hold players. Like you would never in the postseason say, if drew Timmy was clearly the best player, you would never at the end of the year ago, don't really want to give it to drew Timmy because everybody expected him to be good. And he just was good. But that is 100% what happens with coaches all the time. You go, well, Gonzaga was preseason number one, and now they're of one seed. So why would I give it to Mark few when I can give it to some other coach who was unranked in the preseason, but now has a top ten team? I don't know. I'm not even saying one is right and the other is wrong. I'm just saying the process is wildly inconsistent. And it's inconsistent across all sports, by the way. I think Phil Jackson has one coach of the year once in his career in the NBA Phil Jackson. Coach has a one ACC coach of the year all but once in the past like 12 years or something ridiculous like that. So this is a tricky one. But when it comes down to it, I didn't like explicitly. Again, Mark V was number two on my list. I just tried to project who's the team and who's the coach that when we get to the start of the tournament. See some of these coaches of the awards are voted on at the end of the regular season summer voted on once we get into the tournament. But I think it's most likely that Purdue will be a one seed and getting Purdue to that high of a level will lead Matt painter to be the most likely guy who wins it. Yeah, like I'm okay with recognizing somebody who over achieves in ways in the postseason that nobody saw coming in the preseason. That's fine with me. What I don't like is holding incredible rosters against the coach. Because the coach put that roster together. So often, you'll give it to a guy who was picked tenth in his league and he finished his second his league. And you go, that guy really overheat. Well, he really overachieved relative to what we thought his roster suggested was possible. If he'd had a better roster so if he'd done that part of his job better, he wouldn't have been undervalued in the preseason. And then it works the other way, too. It's like, well, you can't give the award to John calipari or Mike saski because, you know, they had the best rosters in the country. Well, they put those together. Why should that be a detriment to their coach of the year aspirations? Like coach K has won 5 national championships, but just three national coach of the year awards. He's won 5 national championships and only 5 ACC coach of the year awards and you ready for this? Never in the same year that he won a national title. His national titles are 91 92, 2001, 2010, 2015. It is ACC coach of the year awards or 1984, 86, 97, 99 and 2000. Since 2000 he's won three national titles and zero ACC co to the year awards. It doesn't make any sense. My favorite one is Billy Donovan had two national titles before he even had one SEC coach of the year award. Make no sense. Doesn't. This is, again, and this spans beyond transcends college basketball into the pro ranks basketball football you name it. Hell, I want to say there was something where in the NBA, the coach of the year, a three times in a 5 year span, you won coach of the year. And by the end of the next season, you got fired in the NBA. So it's sometimes coached the years, get fired at the end of the season they were coach of the years. I feel like it's almost a prerequisite for getting fired as an NHL manager. So yeah, it's a little bit bizarre. So you had a few, though, which makes sense, or your pre season number one team. Yeah, yeah well, I just think if you have built a West Coast conference program to a place where you can lose three of your top four scores from a team that played for the national title and still be the obvious preseason number one, then you're the preexisting go to the year off.
A highlight from Hour 4: Cecil Hurt
"The pride passion that pageantry of college football lives here. This is the Paul Fein bomb show our four podcast. And we have made it to the final hour on a Wednesday reminder Friday live in Oxford at the grove in lane kiffin will join us early in our show. Let's continue with more of your phone call Cecil hurdle will join us in a few minutes. Kirk is up next to hello Kirk. Hey, Paul. How you doing? Quite well. Thank you. Good. The interview with Brandon Marcelo was really great and his comment about fixing officiating, wow, that was really something that should be great to the forefront and really championed it has to be done. It's funny, I was on a business call earlier today. I'm an Alabama alum and I was talking to a Georgia alum. Maybe even brought up a game a few years ago. He's like, yeah, and that call there and he was remembering horrible calls and stuff. It just hurts the game. It's terrible, but are the network cameras that you guys bring to the games? Is that the main ones they use for replay? I believe so. I've been in the command center, so I should know the answer to this. But yeah, they use every they have every angle. That the television networks, broadcast, whether it's CBS or ESPN, and they have the ability to look at all those shots to do whatever they want with them and they're obviously in communication with the head official on the field as well. Well, it does seem like what he said they should all be full-time pros. It's almost like every official on the field should have a guy up in the box in his ear saying yes. Okay, I'll see why you see the flag, but I'm looking at it right now. Yeah, but whatever, you know, just Kirk's a problem is that in the NFL, they are full-time officials. But the season is longer. And. I know a lot of you may know some officials. I mean, they have professions and this is a, I mean, I don't think any of them do it for the money. I think they do it because they genuinely enjoy where they are and being a part of it. I mean, officials take them. So they take their jobs very seriously. It doesn't mean they're right. I'm just saying, but it's a part time gig. Great point. And with that being said, keep it that way, but let's just improve the technology for them. I mean, I don't know what goes on in tennis and some other sports and all, but there's got to be a way. But let me, I mean, I have a friend who's a Red Sox fan. So I heard him going on ad nauseum this morning about the strike the last night that wasn't called that could have completely changed the game. So Major League Baseball has more money than any not that anyone, not the NFL, but they get it wrong wherever they are. And replays help. They help considerably and considering how much better it is. It's never going to be perfect. And I know that sounds like a pretty worthless comment. But that's what I'm saying. Tom is in Fort Myers and you're on the air Tom. Thank you for taking my call. Thank you. I got one question for you. Tell me another college coach that has a starting quarterback that has 85% of this passes that are thrown behind the receivers besides Dan Mullen. I don't think I can help you with a better answer. You've nailed it. Well, is it going to get any better? Is he going to get worse? It made me get new coach. Well, listen, I think it's early to be asking, I mean, I think Dan Mullen is a good coach, but he's got a problem. He's got a real issue down there. And I don't know what he is going to do next week, but I know if he doesn't start Anthony Richardson, he's going to upset a lot of people. Anything that gave me a quarterback can throw the ball to the receivers and give him a chance to catch it instead of making them targets. Yeah, I mean, coaches coaches face certain situations. I think this is a really going to be a crucible for him because fans I talked to some people in Gainesville today, I talked to buddy Martin last night and there's definitely a turnout on him right now. And that's a dangerous thing to happen as you're heading toward the biggest game of the year. Thank you for the call. Do appreciate it very, very much. Let's check in with Larry, who is up next. Larry, are you there? Yes. I'm sure that is here. Well, you are on the air. All right. I'm not your wife. 'cause I don't care. I check it out. Jam, you tell us closer. I said, last but not me. Tell me not. There are no heart attacks. So I thought it was mostly just jealously. But they used more jealous, but he's okay. I'm playing something show the last line. But we found that picture you getting to face your money when I showed us that was kind of funny. Yeah, I do turn sideways, brothers. I know. I was talking about Bruce pearl who did you think I would look okay without a shirt on? I can do it. I can do it right now if you want. I'll just take my jacket off and
A highlight from Hour 3: John Calipari
"The pride passion that pageantry of college football lives here. This is the Paul Fein bomb show hour three podcast. We are back a number of guests will join us in the second two hours. John calipari joining us in just a few minutes legendary Kentucky basketball coach. And an hour from now, the legendary sports columnist from the Tuscaloosa news Cecil hurt. Let's continue with more of your phone calls and Derek is in Los Angeles. Hello Derek. Hi, Paul. Thank you for taking my call. Thank you. And shout outs to young men, John, who retired in Texas, who's in Ohio State fan. You made me laugh when you talked about beating Michigan because I really think that that's going to be a close game. But either way, I hope I called earlier some weeks ago. I think that Jim Hobart belongs in the NFL and I hope the Vikings are the bears of the Raiders or the Miami Dolphins are able to look at him. But my case while actually my question, I was going to ask you about gambling in sports, but I'm going to change that because Perkins called and I think Perkins are Roy. I want to worry with the Roy with the official. Perkins call it about the safety. And it was really alarming when that got almost hit lane kippen. And my question to you, Paul is is it going to get to the point where the inner stadium per game is going to be like TSA going to an airport? I mean, does somebody have to get hurt or killed before the security is really tightened up because I know you have a 100,000 people in these stadiums, but it was really alarming when that happened and watching that game here in Los Angeles. I would say, wow. That was just unbelievable. I just wanted your opinion on. We've gone through this over the years. I think after 9 11, there was a lot of electronic. Surveillance and we had to go through checks. That has lessened and I do agree. I don't think anything that has happened since since Saturday night is going to stop at is going to stop it from happening again. And quite frankly, I don't think the outrage has been very high and. The university I think outside of the president had a fairly predictable and muted response. And I mean, I didn't see any anger or outrage from the head football coach. He almost seemed I'm not putting words in his mouth, but he said the right things, but then he thanked the crowd for filling in the sections that filled up where the demand left. I mean, that was not a defense. That was just basically playing. That was base politics. But when a cheerleader or a band leader or even someone who's helping or giving water to the players, gets hurt and then I think it's main, then they got to react, which kind of that's really I mean, we are all very fortunate to nothing happened other than because fans I don't want to say fans of are different today, but there is more of an emotional involvement in terms of reaction because we're also used to and have a licensed to react and what I mean by that is social media that if I'm a fan and I don't like what you've said about my team, I can say anything I want about you. I'm letting it out where and maybe that's good. I used to joke back in the day that a program like this was good for college football, as opposed to deleterious for college football because people at least got it out of their system. It was cathartic. But if you're in a football game and it's a four and a half hour game and you've had three 24 ounce beers and all of a sudden you see something you don't like and somebody throws something out there, what are you going to do? I'm not trying to be a. Psychologist here, but when somebody does it, it tends to trigger a cell in your brain to go, you know what? I've got I've got a Jack Daniels bottle here. I'll just go ahead and throw that myself. You know what, Paul, you hit it. You hit it right on the nail when you set about alcohol and like I said, you know, people gamble on these games too. But you hit it on the nail. And I want to thank you for taking my call. Thank you for John's retirement. The gentleman that coached for 30 years, these referees have a tough, but I'm going to go up. By the way, Derek, you're right. It was a very it was like a three point spread, too. That call cost Tennessee fans a lot of money. Yes, yes. And I'm going to not let up the review. Some of these coaches and I don't know what game they're watching. That's all I've got to say. I'm going to make a valid equipment defending officials because I don't think people believe it anyway. So everyone knows everyone's heard they do they do the best they can. I don't want them to do the best I can. I just want them to get it right. Yes. I agree with you 100%. And thank you for taking my call. Derek, thank you. Yeah, general Patton didn't tell his troops. Just go out there and do the best you can, okay? No. Go out there and win the war. And it's time officials start getting it right. And especially if you have a booth in a command center that will aid and abet you in getting it right, abetting might not have been the right word there. Keith is up next in Knoxville. Hello, Keith. Hey, Paul, it's been a while since I call it. I really haven't had a whole lot to talk about with Tennessee football. But I was in attendance with my family Saturday night at the old miss game and boy. It was something. What was it like? Yeah. It was crazy. And I want to say, first of all, I'm going to present one box say with by no means do I agree with what was done with throwing things on the field. But the way that the night went, it was almost like a perfect storm for something bad to happen. Between the terrible calls from the rest of four and a half hour game, people being there a long time drinking. The behavior of some of the old miss fans in our section was this terrible be it all missed in our section turnaround flipping us all blowing kisses of people. It was just an ugly atmosphere, even in the stands. So what I really want to talk about was the floppy. The saline of the injuries that prolonged the gains along in to stop a tempo office by the fall down. And it's comfortable ever going to do something to stop this. Keith is another great question. And I'll let it official or an SEC person try to address that, but it's a very difficult thing to know when the person is truly fatigued or hurt or whether they're flopping. It's a great question, though. Thanks for the call. Ron is in California. Hey, Ron, go right ahead. Hey, Paul. Well, I just want to you were talking about great running backs not too long ago and I want to add one more name and that sure. That's Charlie trippy from Georgia. Now, people probably won't remember him because he was back in the four early 40s to the mid 40s.
A highlight from Hour 2: Shea Ralph
"The pride passion and pageantry of college football lives here. This is the qualifying bomb show hour two podcast. I'll be back to the program great to have you here. The phone lines were open at 8 5 5 two four two 7 two 8 5 John caliper will join us later in the show. The fame Kentucky basketball coach don't forget Friday live from the grove, Elaine kiffin will join us in Oxford, Jim will join us now. Good afternoon. Good afternoon Paul. Good afternoon. You had a caller. Boy, you got some calls. I can say that. I don't know what they are they came from, but did they come from what's that place maybe RFD? Yeah, mayberry, right? Right down the road. Yeah. But they're not. They can't match the great Barney the sheriff. I mean, which is Barney 5. They came back to him. But it reminds me of one of your colleagues early on in the show. He had an irritating little kid in the background and I can't believe people do that really annoys me. You know me the column I'm talking about? Sure. You got from me. Tennessee would make it to the championship game. Yeah, I think so. Okay. It reminded me of one of your great friends that you said he was your friend. The annoying old crotchety guy, you remember who had the yap and all he didn't like me at all. He never liked me. I always complained about me. You remember that old guy? I know you remember. I say this with love in my heart, but you're asking me to try to differentiate of all the people that don't like you, who have called on this show. I'm just trying to ask you to remember the guy that was amino guy. You know the guy that has yapping dogs. I do remember them. And y'all used to talk about you talked about your dog, and he talked about his wiener dog, I think, or some kind of dog that yep. And he always had it on me. Yapping in the background. Not only was he annoying collar, he had the most annoying columns because of the yep and dog, you know, who was the guy you remember? Yeah, I'm struggling to remember his name, but I know what you're talking about. I wish you could remember the guy's name because he couldn't stand me and it was vice versa, of course, but just reminded me. Jim, what percentage of college people that calling the show would you say don't like you? Oh, I don't know, but I'm told most of them love to hear me. That's what I'm told. I'm totally certain the agency used to do. I mean, really, I'm talking about a lot of these people that send me Twitter Twitter messages or whatever, yeah, you know what I mean? Yes. I'm serious. I mean, I'm just telling you what they said. They say, please call, we are only sitting on there this thing will do your call. I think I do that's a compelling call. Seem like somebody mentioned that in the book one time one day next or one day last Thursday. Yeah, there was a book that came out a couple years ago and the author. No, well, it's been 6, 7 years. Jim books don't have much shelf life. That one didn't. That one didn't have much any life. But the only thing that people always say was you're comment about me. Yeah. No, you're right. That's all. I mean, but that book did become a New York Times Best Seller primarily because I mentioned you in the book. Well, page 54. All you got to do is just tear up makes it before and folks and you use the rest for when you run out of toilet tissue is that right? Well, yeah, that was a big time book. So the paper may have been pretty expensive unlike the cheaper made book. I made a valve and I'm going to build a show back up like it used to be. I wish you would find a bit right now I'm trying right now. And I'll tell you what, it's going to be another power find bomb enormous bestseller coming out within a couple of years. That's what I predict. I hope so, because I'd hate for us to get canceled and knowing that we had we gone to you more, we wouldn't have. Well, I don't know about that. But I know, I think the guy just taught a guy just made the suggestion. I do remember this now. I think his name Joe from Hoover. Remember him? That's it. That's him. I mean, Jim saying he didn't like you would be an understatement, okay? No. No. I wish he collagen. I'd love to hear his annoying voice. I knew that guy. I met him one day for lunch because I know you did. I know you. He talked to you like you, or whatever. As long as brother. He tried to. He was never shy about telling his opinion about how to run the show. I know that. And is he still with us? Well, I'm he wasn't young then. Yeah, I know that. And I doubt that yapping dog is still with us because there's no way that dogs do around. And he might not have been a diet of natural causes either. I don't know, but I do, but that guy used to call all the time. He was yeah, he called all the time. He was fiery. I know that he was interesting because he because he was so crazy. That's why I was empty. Well, that's kind of like kind of like you, right? No, not like me, but I like the monkey. The monkey. Now Jim, I mean, if you had the list, you know, let me ask you this question. I'm not getting into that. Which callers on this show put you on the edge of your seat. What do you mean by that? You must say well, when you hear, I say so and so on. Want to hear them. Yeah, let me think of it. Let me think a minute. Yeah, that's not an easy question, because my interest is not paid lately. That's our question. You don't have to answer me now. You can think about it and I'll include it in the next book how about that? Yeah, well, I might have to do with that judge, tell me when he sent me an $80 ticket after I told him I was not you. He said, I don't take that under advisement. And the next thing I got in the middle, you found guilty. We're heading to the break or whatever, but you take that one under advisement, may is up next to him hey, Paul, how you doing? May we are doing great. How about you? For 80 years old, I'm doing great, baby. Great. Hey, I like the sound of your voice. Well, thank you. They had one guy on there. I'm not going to say his name would stay with Rome. You have kids listening to the show. And it kind of would he said he wished that playing that LSU was coming into their stadium with crash and burn or that was ad who said that from Mississippi. Yeah, I say it. That's very sad. You know what all the miss that's going on in Washington now. We don't need that. I thought this was a sport. You got I know you got some little quirky calls in there. I've been watching football with my dad since I was 12 years old. And I'm sure they make some bad calls. Majority of them are good calls. And let it at that. I mean, all these analysts that come on there predicting who's going to win, it looks like a lot of their predictions is down now, you know? I don't hate anybody on the show. I just don't like some of the stuff they say. You know what I mean? I do. And I'm glad you called. Thank you so much, Jerry. Is up next. Jared? Yeah, Jerry, is that you? Yes. Well, good. Yeah, I want to talk about that. Okay, Jerry. You think that I'm probably gonna run away with him? Yes, I do. Too. Me too.
A highlight from Hour 1: Brandon Marcello
"That's a good afternoon. Welcome. It is the middle of the week and we are here for the next couple of hours and we hope to jump on board and ride with us a lot happening this week as we get ready for another college football weekend in a few days. Let's start. With some headlines and some ugliness coming out of big orange country, Pruitt's Jeremy Pruitt, just when you think we have heard the last of him, his attorney is doing a lot of threatening, setting in October 29th deadline for a settlement by Tennessee. Tennessee does not look like they want to settle this case. Philip fulmer remember him. He said today in a statement the day the days I interviewed each candidate for the head football position at the university of Tennessee including Jeremy Pruitt, I emphasized that you did not have to cheat to win at the university and the cheating would not be tolerated. Listen to this quote, Jeremy has no one to blame but himself for his firing from UT. He had a great opportunity at a great university and he simply screwed it up. That's strong language. I mean, well, first of all, just listening to an athletic director, a former athletic director in which tantamount to a legal document legal statement saying the word screwed it up. I don't think they teach that at Harvard Law School. Anyway, but Tennessee does play Alabama this weekend and the tale of the tape two pretty good offenses. Who would have thought we would have had two of the better offenses in the SEC playing this weekend? Ten C third fourth, tied for second. Alabama looks pretty good. Let's talk about some impressive stats. Saving 14 and O versus UT. Tom Brady's 32 and three versus the bills in his career, Ohio State 8 O versus Michigan since 2012, Oklahoma as many big 12 championships, 26, since 2016, his big 12 losses. I frankly think Ohio State 8 O is pretty unbelievable considering they hired a coach to beat Ohio State. Tennessee has been in the wasteland for a while. The Magnolia bowl, that's where we will be Friday. LSU and old mist. It's always a great rivalry O issue has won 5 straight in the series all under cocho. Yes, you do know where koso used to be. At all miss. So this is an intriguing game. We'll find out whether last week was just an aberration, whether that was about Florida or are these players finally going to stand up for their embattled and almost departed coach. That's game Saturday afternoon. It bought Hemingway. Big show on tap for today. Brandon Marcelo on some thoughts on his former beat, he used to cover auburn, Shea Ralph, new coach of women's ball at Vanderbilt. And what about John calipari? Eager to hear what coach cow has to say, he's always entertaining. Out of pocket will have a segment with Alyssa Andrea, and the venerable Cecil hurt. The longtime sports editor, who has watched the Tennessee Alabama rivalry go from the most storied and the SEC to the most bitter to almost obsolete we'll see if it's got a resurgence underway this Saturday in Tuscaloosa. Your phone calls as well. At 8 5 5 two four two 7 two 8 5, we begin with Wayne who is in Florida. Hello lane. Hey, sir, wine Smith on the great safe Florida. How are you? Wonderful. Great to hear from you. Good. Sir, just let me say two three variance in general question. This season got her. We never saw me in Alabama. I almost feel like this. Wayne are you there? Yes, I'm sorry. Okay. The first thing recruiting Dan quit looking at stars in disguise go with what foreign fast forward are we losing recruits Dan? Start Richardson. Trying to make Jones something he has not. If you want to come back and for some reason, it seems like it seems like we're hearing another this guy obviously is listening to another show while he's watching us. We get his we get his feeling, though. And I spoke to somebody down there today. And it is all about Anthony Richardson. The gator fans are essentially saying to Dan Mullen start Anthony Richardson or else. Let's continue with more phone calls. And Terry is in Georgia. You're on the air Terry. Hey, Paul, how are you? Very well. Thank you. Checking in with you. Hey, a couple weeks ago after I forget which Florida loss, the Florida fans were comparing to Mark rigged, which I think is grossly inappropriate. I mean, Martin Rick, first of all, one, two SEC championships, Mark Rick has an amazing character. And to make that comparison, I just thought was totally classless. But, you know, what do you expect from Florida fans? Paul, I think we're back to Georgia and Alabama being number one and number two. What do you think? Yeah, I think if you're if you're being objective, the two best teams in the country right now are Georgia and Alabama. So, you know, that's kind of what we thought would happen. And here we are in the middle of the season, I expect the championship game to be incredible, and I'm looking forward to the second great half on. Thanks again being on point for everybody and thanks again for all you do. Thank you very, very much. Ed is up next in Georgia. Hello Ed. Good afternoon, mister hi, bob. How are you doing? I am, well, thank you very much. Good deal. Good deal.
A highlight from NBA "State of the Association" Address, Plus LSU's Future and the Top of Every Major Conference With Bruce Feldman
"Annual state of the association. And I want to start by addressing the coastal elites. Los Angeles, Brooklyn, Phoenix, and Milwaukee. I've heard of a lot of old jokes about the Lakers, but I love old people. Ask them about fruit or what transportation used to be like, here's an exercise. If you're driving around with an old person, you go past a hill, you could say, hey, gramps. You think that hills change shapes? Content for days. But you have to respect the Lakers for both their domestic contributions like Russell Westbrook and LeBron James and the foreign affairs of Carmelo Anthony. Milwaukee has invested in defense. They were the 11th best offense at a 16 teams in the playoffs, but clearly the best defense, and it's the only weapon we've ever imported from Greece. Phoenix, you know, I love Phoenix, but we have a saying in real estate. If you can't afford the HOA, don't buy the house. Kevin Durant is the best player in the world. But he needs to Going from Steph to Kyrie is like telling England you've decided to roll with North Korea. Kyrie is a voice for the voiceless. On a very politicized topic regarding vaccines. I don't know what that means. I'm not sure he does either. But I give Kyrie credit for this. We have asked you to socially distance by 6 feet, Kyrie Irving has distanced himself from reality. Philadelphia they are proof that not working and getting assistance through draft picks is not always a solution. But I am worried about the American worker. Specifically working conditions. France is leading the charge, proposing a four day workweek. I applaud Ben Simmons for attempting a zero day workweek. Let's go to the Pacific Northwest. Our dear Friends in Portland. I believe the standing of living has never been better. And I know, not all of Portland supports the capitalistic economy, but if Norman Powell can make 90 million, I'd argue things have never been better. Utah. I know what the numbers say and the numbers say really great things. But one of my favorite economists who's often wrong once said, the analysis is right, the data is bad. Atlanta
A highlight from Courtside 52: The Chicago Sky Are WNBA Champions
"Gave Bieber him and we are here courtside on the her hoop stats podcast network to chop it up, Gabe. Wow, the season is completed. The Chicago sky did it. In four games, I think we predicted that, but the Chicago sky won it all. Yeah, we predicted that on a show that I messed up the recording of us, no one saw that. But we were right. Oh. Well, I just remember saying it. We both said it in four. Yeah, we did. We set Chicago for both of us. Although I did think I did think things was going to take it to 5, like truly, I thought that was going to happen. And up until the fourth quarter, I was looking good, I was looking good because there were 9 points and they lost the fourth quarter 26 to 11 boy. Oh boy. Boy. I mean, I hate using this word. And I don't. I don't believe in like clutching or any of this, but did Phoenix choke. I don't know. I don't like, I mean, you know, I've told you time and time again, just being in games is a player in a coach, like just how the momentum can automatically shift and that's what happened mister Chicago. I mean, I think they felt the energy in the building. Winchester arena was rocking and they just caught on to that vibe and didn't look back. And it's always tough on the road. So I don't think there was like a collapse or, you know, a folding in of Phoenix, per se. I think it was more that Chicago laid it down. Like they were just like, this is this is our game. This is our moment. We're going to do it. It's now or never. We don't want to go back to Phoenix and have to try to close out on the road. Let's make it tough for them. And I think it was the defense too. I mean, we're talking about the run that they went on to get back into the game and win it. But it was because of their defense. And it was their defense in game three. It was, you know, they just did so many things right. Down the stretch in terms of their overall execution on both sides. So did Phoenix miss like all 5 players missile down the stretch like Diana taurasi said? Yeah. Was that a shock? Yeah. Some of them are wide open, though. Some of them are wide open, though, but I think it was the buildup of that moment that had them maybe they did collapse a little bit and some of those moments. They did. I'm just going to go with yes. Sorry for processing my entire thought. No, no, no, no. I think it was half and half. I think some of it was Chicago feeling, it was their time to strike, but then it was also Phoenix playing not to lose. No, I think that's the best way to put it. I don't think they choked, I don't know so know what I mean by that. I just think they did collapse because I think they just have a lot of pressure on them. And I think when you have that pressure, they were kind of forced. They weren't forced to. They thought they were forced to move faster. They thought they had to rush some of those layups. And a lot of them, like you mentioned. Tough looks. So they miss this is a tough stat. Phoenix was two of ten on shots from within 5 feet in the fourth quarter. They were three of 18 overall. They missed our last 11 shots of this game. Oh man, tough look. Tough little for our gals in Phoenix. But there was a lot of tough shots there. Those shots within 5 feet, there was plenty of hands. There are sometimes where, I mean, I think one of them like Brianna Turner was under the basket tried to get out of the basket. There's not one where she would just move in a little too fast on the alley oop and the alley was just just a tiny bit and those sorts of execution things, hey, maybe you can overcome it when you're calm in the second quarter. In the fourth quarter, when you're moving fast and you're thinking, you know, we got to put this away or whatever is in your mind, it becomes a little tougher. So it was a mix like you mentioned. I think there was poise from Chicago, but definitely a lack of poison from Phoenix. And I understand why they were so upset after the game. I would have liked to have them do media or at least what I really would have done was just let us know you're not going to do it. We showed up. Did you just let us know, hey. We're not going to do it today, because we're heartbroken. And I think everyone understand. But regardless, I do understand why they were so heartbroken because it was there. It was there for the taking and they didn't take it. But let's talk about Chicago. I'm in Chicago. I don't know. I don't know how to put this team because they were so they did not have this in the regular season. This sort of energy, this sort of buzz, this sort of poise. But I think did you always feel like they had it in them? I think so, I mean, when you look at the ebbs and flows of the Chicago sky season, you know that one in 8 moment at the beginning, you know, without cannabis Parker and Alec we glow on the floor. But then after the break. I mean, I think you saw some flashes of what we thought this team could be. When they're all healthy. And down the stretch, they kind of hit a little bit of, I don't know. They hit a little bit of a speed bump in terms of that momentum that they had gained after the Olympic break started. But for me, I mean, just looking on paper, yeah, that's combustible. If that, at that all, is on the same page on the same day? That's a problem. And that's what happened. They were all on it on the same day. And they each starred in their role. And I know that that's a little cliche to say, but when you know what your role is for the team. So credit James wade on that. This is what we need from you. This is what we need from you. And he went down the line and told these player that they had to do specific things. And they did that to the best of their ability and that's why they have The Crown. And a hell of a coaching effort from James White. Yes. I mean, Stanley brownell is a really good coach in this league. Obviously. And he completely dominated the matchup. The coaching matchup, completely dominated. I think his calls were perfect, I think he knew exactly how sandy was going to react what she had in her bag to combat what they were doing and he hit the every single time they hit the variation of the play that would work. And I'm not going to give all the credit to James wakes a lot according to a lot of Ali quickly. A lot of just having players who know how to play with each other and know where to know understand basketball to just be able to flow and play randomly and still get into good sets. And they have a lot of great sets that they run all the time. But they also just kind of flow into things and understand where each other is going to be. And it was beautiful. It was beautiful basketball. To watch, and I think we've been really, really lucky in these past few years to see teams that played this style. Yeah. And I'm not, this is a good stylist a question because I forget who tweeted it, and I'm sorry. But someone was tweeting that this is the now the third the fourth. The third straight champion to play a 5 out system. Right? In Chicago, I think took it even a little further than Seattle did last year and Washington did the year before. And Seattle did beer before. So for sure. So I think they took a little further. Do you think this is kind of what you need to win now? Do you need to be a 5 out team to win a championship? I think so. I mean, that's what the game on all levels is coming to, right? I think everybody is going to have to be able to stretch the floor. I think that's what, you know, the international flavor has tapped into the game here. And I think that it's beautiful. Like you said, to be able to see the flexibility, the versatility of so many players. And you're not just, you know, if you're 6 three and above, you're on the block. Like, no, like, I would love to play in a 5 hours. I know. You want to have. So I was like, I was thinking, like, Christie would be, she'd be killing it right now. This is her game.
A highlight from Rolovich out at Wazzu & mailbag!
"I'm Bruce Feldman joined as always. It's by my colleague from the athletic Stewart mandel Stu as we taped on Sunday. We had some coaching news. That was at LSU. Less than 24 hours later or about 24 hours later, there was another big bombshell announcement and it came out of the pack 12 in Washington state. Nick rolovich is out as the cougars head coach as well as four of his assistants. It's pretty rare that you see half a staff get lopped off at mid season, especially when they want to last couple of games, but obviously there are some big extenuating circumstances. What do you make of the situation in Pullman? It's been a two month we've known since August that this day would come. Unless he had a change of heart. So it's been like a kind of a slow motion train wreck. And now that it's happened and like you said, I mean, I think the perhaps the most significant part is that it's not just the head coach. We've seen plenty of schools have to play with an interim head coach. It's half the staff. And they've got a game against BYU this weekend. And there's only so many GAs and whatnot that you can promote. And by the way, they've been playing very well. They've won three games in a row. They're in contention for the PAC 12 north title after a one and three start. How what happens from here? I mean, how do you know, how do you game plan? How do you get in enough instruction with the guys on a week to week basis? Well, I had asked on the Zoom call and asked patch on the AD about this part of what we're talking about of the dynamic, which is the contingency plans I'd heard that they were sorting out to try to add assistance. He said, you gotta keep in mind, so it's not just Nick role of its head coach. It's the offensive line coach as well as the offense recorder. And Nick role, which is a hands on offensive minded guy. That is a big chunk of what, you know, essentially, is the run and shoot offense. And as Chen said, there's just not a lot of guys on the street who are versed in that system who are available to coach it. I mean, I had a back and forth with a college coach who was like, maybe they should try to get mouse Davis. I know he's available. The mouse Davis is 89 years old. You know, he was the you know that's a good point that he left and he left behind an offense that hardly anybody I think they may be the only program that runs it at this point. So you can't just sub in some random office recording Jones from my understanding is not going to do it. June Jones is a mentor to Nick role of it, as I said, mouse Davis is 89. I found out, by the way, you know, he was born. Police, Washington of all places. Never coached there, but he was born there. What are the odds of that? 4 million to one. I don't know. But in all seriousness, I'm, you know, Jake dicker who's the defensive coordinator. He has taken over as the interim head coach. This team, as you said, I mean, they basically control their own destiny in the PAC 12 north. It's just the whole dynamic is really bizarre, how it has played out. It is already political politicized. It is going to get I suspect much more so as more people who maybe aren't college
A highlight from League preview, predictions, picks: The ACC (College Basketball 10/20)
"Hey there, it's scary parachutes Wednesday, October 20 and 2021 welcome back to the CBS sports eye on college basketball podcast where we sometimes discuss galva fighting dodo birds and leaky black mat Orlando is here with me and today we will be continuing our conference previews that we're publishing in alphabetical order on Tuesday we had like 29 minutes on the American athletic conference in 6 minutes on recovering the satellites. Today, we will turn our attention to the ACC and August and everything after dead leg real quick. What's the best track on August and everything after? Ranking. I think we agree drinking. Unless I'm sad then it's raining in Baltimore. Rain king is the best track on August and everything after and a murder of one is the most underrated track on August and everything after. You ever get sad? Just listen to it in a moment. Not really. No. But you always got to have a little bit of melon. You gotta have a little bit of melancholy to you generally speaking if you're going to spend some county crust. We are now back to back episodes talking counting crows, which I'm all in favor of. I don't really get sad anymore and listen to writing a Baltimore, but boy, there was a time way back a long time ago. I'd go through it every once in a while. Okay, let's get to the ACC. The storyline heading into the season is obviously an undeniably Mike susceptible final season at duke. So let's start here. Does this bother you in any way? I see people tweet. This is why I asked. People tweet from time to time that they can't stand the coach K farewell tour. And they're already sick of it. And I don't understand it. Like what about the greatest coach in college basketball history, coaching one final season, what about that is so bothersome to some people? 'cause I don't register with me. I'd actually like to hear from listeners on this. So if you want to if you're someone that finds themselves in this particular group and you're not necessarily born and bred Carolina fan, where it's inside your DNA, I'd actually be interested in here because I know there are people that think this. We're on, you know, we're on October 19th October 20th October 21st here. We've got plenty of time to go here. It's creeping up the season, but we're still we're technically less than three weeks away, but this idea that people are already sick of it. Wait until we get to the first week of December, let alone once the NFL season's done. Wait till we get to the champions classic. Exactly. Exactly. So, I mean, I think that's just basically ties to obviously duke is duke. And Mike shasky and duke have become the most polarizing program. I say, but they've been the most polarizing program in college basketball. For a long time. And
A highlight from College Football Week 8 Picks: Oregon at UCLA, USC at Notre Dame, Clemson at Pittsburgh
"The college football slate. I know we have a lot of ground to cover, and I was a little bit disappointed this weekend. There's no late kick-off out here on the West Coast. I'm not sure what I'm going to do with myself. No pax 12 after dark, no mountain west know nothing. I'm sure you'll figure out maybe a nice little dinner. You'll go back to back dinners Friday night Saturday night. You slipped it across my desk that you'll be out of town this week in gallivanting. I'm sure you'll manage just fine. No, I don't know. I will not be out of town this weekend gallivanting. The fiance will be out of town gallivanting if she's headed off to Austin. Oh. For a little F one, a little F one action. I have to hold down the homefront here. So it's just a puppet myself. I gotta tell ya. How are you feeling about that? Sometimes those weekends away. Are beautiful. You just throw on their old boxes. All the way around you're watching TV on the couch, just stuff in your face with Popeyes on Saturday. It's win win all the way around. She gets a vacation for me, I get the piece and quiet here, and you know, the only reason honestly though pain, you deserve a ton of credit for turning your into F one fan because during the pandemic, you were the one that opened up our eyes to drive to survive and her and her brother have gone all in on F one as a result of it. It's great. And I hear they are making something similar for golf, right? The same production team is going to be following the PGA so I'm actually looking forward to that as well. The other interesting thing here Todd. And I don't know if this is true or not, I don't have time to go back and look. It feels like the first college football podcast and at least a long while that we haven't even talked about in SCC. Nope, and now all of our listeners who are tuning in are now going to turn the show off pain. So that's probably not the best for business. But there was a little poking and prodding, no one on. We tried to figure out exactly how to build out our big game breakdown slate here. Not only do we not have any SEC football to talk about, this may be the first podcast where we've ever broken down two mountain west games at the same time. Yes. And that will be interesting. But the games are worthy of discussion. San Diego state air force, Nevada Fresno. That conference is wide open. There's actually some good teams out there. A little bit of intrigue out on the West Coast, and I think that allows us the perfect segue to get into one of our two big game breakdowns before we dissect some single factors that will play a big role in terms of impacting the betting markets this weekend. And it'll take us out to Pasadena where UCLA welcomes in the Oregon ducks chip Kelly matched up against his former team. And you're looking at this number now that's kind of ping ponged all over the place, but it's UCLA a two point favorite at FanDuel sportsbook total on this game sits in the high 50s. Battle of game manager quarterbacks maybe pain? Trying to figure out who will avoid the costly mistake between Anthony Brown for Oregon and Dorian Thompson Robinson on the other side for UCLA. When you look at Oregon, they looked extremely sluggish and lethargic since that big win earlier this year in Columbus against the Ohio State buckeyes. Meanwhile, UCLA comes into the spot, looking to avoid losing its third straight home game as they've had to feed against Fresno state and Arizona in the past. The crazy part about this, though, Oregon will be getting a little bit relief as far as their offenses concern Joe moorhead missed the Stanford game two weeks ago called the game up in the press box last week against Cal Mario Cristobal wasn't shy about saying they had a real difficult time adjusting personnel groupings getting to play calls in. So you have to imagine Oregon offense will look a little bit more dynamic on Saturday afternoon against UCLA than what we've seen in the last couple of weeks. I think DTR is more than the game manager at this point, by the way. Just throw that out there. I'm selling the Vegas kids short apparently. So I'm gonna have all sorts of hate mail in my inbox and a couple hours from now. I do not know what to make. Of Oregon's offense. It's been 6 games and I have no clue. Loss, they play a really good Fresno team and kind of sneak by. You mentioned they shocked Ohio State on the road and then you beat up the dregs of stony broken Arizona. And then you managed to score 48 combined points against Stanford and Cal. Two defenses outside the top 85 and efficiency. I would think most are putting an asterisk next to those last two because you mentioned Joe Moore had missed the Stanford game and then called it from the box. Against Cal I'm struggling. In my head, I keep coming back to not thinking any differently about Oregon's offense than I did before the season. And they're highly overrated. It's a great O line. It is a run based system with a QB that creates that extra man advantage in the box. You have a good play caller and more head. You don't have a leap back, though. And your QB on this side of the ball. Anthony Brown is a game manager through the air. And I think they lack some weapons something we've talked about. Really, during most of the Cristobal era. Now what is interesting is I went back last night, looked at some of our pre season projections for the duck's offense. I felt like I was wrong and I was missing something coming into the season where everyone was kind of enamored with the ducks. National championship contenders, yada yada yada. So there was a lot of massaging of my numbers to get organs offense to a top 20 projection. I wish I would have stuck to my guns because as of today, Oregon's 43rd and offensive success rate, 34th, and EPA per play 38th in Bill Connolly's S&P plus. And I know UCLA's defensive struggled a little bit when they step up in class. I just don't know if this is a step up. I really don't. And the best part of this offense for organ is their offensive line as I mentioned. They're damn good tenth in line yards. It looks like they're going to get some guys back as well. Alex Forsyth is going to return. I think he beefs up that unit a little bit. Travis die is obviously really dynamic and explosive. Brown can kind of catch you off guard at times on some keepers. Overall, the ducks are 13th and EPA per rush. But I do wonder if some of that down to down success is not there with verdell out in a game like this. And if you look at some of the down to down rushing stuff, organs 34th in success rate. And I know Mario Cristobal and his press are kind of spotted that and mentioned it. And he said something to the effect of expect Trey Benson to be in the rotation this week. And I think he's probably more of like the down to down power back than die is. You do have a UCLA defense that's fringe top 20 in line yards. They also see a mobile quarterback every day at practice. But if Oregon can run, I think everything about this game changes. If not, then as you kind of hinted at Anthony brown's forced to be more efficient through the air, I thought he did a good job at Ohio State doing enough early on where Ohio State couldn't really load the box. But then there was some changes made defensively in Ohio State. Made some adjustments in Anthony Brown was three for his last 12. And that's kind of when Ohio State got back in the game. But if Anthony Brown can hit a few passes, maybe that opens some things up, maybe that helps the ground game have more space to operate UCLA has been vulnerable through the air. That's kind of their Achilles heel, and they play 5 guys. They play 5 defensive backs, right? And yet they're 88 in passing success rate a 101st in EPA per pass allowed. I just don't know if Anthony Brown is going to be that guy.
A highlight from Hour 3: Matt Stinchcomb & Bruce Pearl
"Pride passion that pageantry of college football lives here. This is the Paul Fein bomb show hour three podcast. And we were back like Matt Schengen joining us the usual Tuesday spot and I was asking Matt as he came on here. Like, where do we start? Because there are so many choice subjects. Spin the wheel, Paul, where are we going to go? Yeah. Yeah. I'm not surprised. And even on the heels of a victory, right? Because a lot of people would have thought that, all right, this is a conditional thing. You beat Florida and has been in Florida been diminished that much where you still get fired when you beat the big Florida count. You're still fired. You did that last year. There were no shoes involved this time. And so if you extra points, yeah, it will definitely Florida even last year. It was a really good football team offensively anyway. This year, they're not the same team, although we'll find out a week removed from now, just whether or not they can pull some magic out. I think that when you look at the general direction of that program, and it started before even last year with the departures after 19, and it was all right, try to find a way to replace that staff in the most key spots, right? Because if you think about any program, there's four key areas. There's the head coach. The two coordinators that get you to three in your quarterback. And he had to replace everybody, but the head coach. So the same guy remained, I got to come up with a new quarterback, which was for. Well, in that instance, when you think about it for on field success, and I think even coach ozer on would allow that is that he's not going to look for the 60 minutes that we play this football game. I'm not the guy that's in there that's pulling the levers and pushing the buttons. But that's not my role here. And they knew that I think when they hired him, is that you're not hiring a strategist, so to speak, there's no denying that the guy can recruit at a very high level. And I will say this. I think you can allow that it was an inspired hire to get Joe Brady. Joe Brady was not a coach of sorts. It effectively in an analyst role and you're going to hand your office to him, Stevens mingr being the coordinator in name only. And now of course he's a coordinator in the NFL now does Joe Brady. But I think when you have two quick revolutions of your coaching staff, the way that they did at the coordinator spots. And to see the results that were being realized, you have to wonder at that point, wait a minute. Wait a minute. Maybe 19 was as anomalous as it seemed. Talented program, but the product on the field was definitely diminished. Let me ask you about this because he's coaching the end of the end of the season or at least that's what I say he is. That rarely happens, maybe coach gets fired the last week of the season he coaches one more game. Sometimes even they coach the ball game and not often. But I want you to explain what's going on what you think is going on behind the scenes. What's going on behind the scenes? Because you have a number of assistants that have no earthly idea who the next guy is, but more than likely are not going to be part of that. Right. And we're all trying to support our families, and they're trying to prepare for games. So I think you know what the question is. Yeah. So what does it look like for those guys? They've got their eye on the door. And they have to, as you pointed out, it's a profession for them. There is no Sutter fused. There is no thinly veiled anything. These coaches are getting paid to coach. And they plan on getting paid to coach next year if it's an LSU or somewhere else, and you've already indicated and you're right. They're not going to anticipate to be back at LSU. I will say this. At least as strange as this has seemed, and especially on the heels of what happened in 2019. This makes more sense than what they did at southern cow. I mean, if we're talking about marquee jobs that are now open, what they did in southern cow to me was literally, we'll just throw the season away. Those coaches for sure, they're not coming back. And they've had their eyes on the door of the entire year after two games. That was absurd. And what we saw at LSU was, I think, let's see. Let's see if these guys that you brought endless. Let's see if this roster gels to where I don't think the anticipation was Division Championship. Because we all knew coming into the seas, I think they were what ranked 15 or 16 coming into the year that this could break good. It could break bad. I don't know that it's broken badly program wise. It certainly hasn't worked out the way coach ozer on anticipated. But as weird as this one is, it's not nearly as jacked up as southern cow did. So the Florida situation is not the same, but it's interesting because you've got a defense that got blown up by LSU. You have questions about the quarterback. So even though they're off, they have a lot. They have a lot to deal with. Or do they? I mean, they really do. And I think that, you know, I think back to when you all were there, right? Nation was there for the Florida banga game. Yes. And there was a lot of talk about Anthony Richardson. And what role can he have in the offense? Well, we had them two weeks ago when they played Vanderbilt. And Anthony Richardson had come back for really that one game versus Kentucky, missed the prior two. Emory Jones looked his best in those games in my view. And you looked at Anthony Richardson's numbers and they were largely compiled versus what South Florida and farted Atlantic. And so no disrespect, but the expectation would be that you would dunk on those guys. Your box score should look pretty good after those two teams. And they did. But why is it that we're still seeing him situationally? And then you see the game that we saw from Florida last week. And the concern that I think you have at this point in the season is if neither one of these guys has seized that quarter quarterback position, then it's not that you have two quarterbacks. It's that you don't have a quarterback. And I don't know that that could have been avoided. I do think that it appeared as if Anthony Richardson was destined to be for this season anyway, a package oriented player. He was not going to be this is our offense. Anthony go operate it. And it seemed as if that was going to be their MO going forward. After last week, does that change? I don't know. You got to buy a week. We've seen Florida do some crazy stuff over the biweek. I can remember what year was it 20 13 or 14 and next thing you know Trey Burton's out there and they're running basically the inverted vere. And you just think that's amazing. And one and beat Georgia in that game and you think you completely reinvented yourself offensively and you beat a what was thought to be at that time, one of the containers for the east division. So there's a lot that can change. I think I just don't know that this quarterback situation needed to persist as long as it has. And I feel certain that internally there in Gainesville, they're sitting there thinking, what could we have done differently? Maybe the answer is nothing. But I do think that by now, given those two quarterbacks that are available and the defense the way that it performed the other day, that's all the more pressure now on whoever it is, it's going to be taken those snaps because you somewhat been exposed. Else you had to run the football all season and then they hang what 360 something yards or something on the ground, that's a pretty remarkable statistic at this juncture in the season. I want to conclude with the Alabama Tennessee game because Tennessee continues to exceed our expectations in many ways. Oh, to say that that offense is light years ahead of what I anticipated it being is a mass. It's still a massive understatement. And that's pretty hyperbolic, right? Light years. But to me, Josh hypo coming in. Knowing that, look, the guy was averaging 40 plus points when he was in a zoo. He goes to UCF. There is no drop off, post Scott frost, which could have been anticipated. But UCF is still an SEC land. That's Siberia. Nobody's paying close attention to their opponents necessarily. So could he replicate that at Tennessee, especially knowing that that was an anemic offensive philosophy and really roster. And you see
A highlight from Hour 4: Nate Oats
"The pride passion then pageantry of college football lives here. This is the Paul Fein bomb show our four podcast. We welcome you back NATO to join us in just a few minutes. Jim is up next. He Knoxville. Hey, Jim. Hey, Paul. How you doing, buddy? We're doing well. Thank you. Hey, man. I'm a bamboo fan, so I'm not on the Baton Rouge pulpit committee, but I can tell you my philosophy about SEC football is SEC football is best when it's filled with elite teams, but I always want Florida and Georgia and Tennessee and Texas a and M and LSU to be as good as they can possibly be year in and year out. That bunch on the other side of the state maybe not so much, but that's just me. But there's one name above all the candidate at LSU that really catches my attention and I know he's getting some chatter, but I'm surprised he's not getting more chatter. And that's mal Tucker up at Michigan state. I mean, you look at this guy's resume and his lineage. I mean, he was a GA for Saban. He coached Michigan state under saving. He saved and picked him for his first staff at LSU. He's got a national championship ring with Jim tressel at Ohio State. He's got another national championship ring with Sabin, down in Tuscaloosa, extensive NFL experience. He's a defensive guru. He was curbing his defensive coordinator in Athens. I mean, my goodness. What do you need from a head coach? Jim, you know what? I agree. I agree with you and I quite frankly think he is getting serious or will get serious consideration. He's a fantastic coach and Tennessee had a chance to hire him a couple years ago and fulmer chose Jeremy Pruitt instead let's take a let's change gears here for a second, NATO's joining us from Tuscaloosa the great Alabama coach after just an unprecedented season last year. We are delighted to send a lot of coaches. We build up to basketball, the SEC season about to begin and coach what a pleasure to talk to you and always to see you. Good afternoon and how have you been? Been good. Appreciate you asking. Appreciate you having me on get to some games here in a few weeks. I've had a scrimmage again exhibition on Sunday, so it's getting close. We finished our 15 practice today so we're halfway through the 30 practices and excited about excited about the upcoming season. I know, because we talked to you quite a bit last year. How exciting that year was for Alabama fans and I know the recruiting that we were just in touch with us. I know I heard the recruiting has gone extraordinarily well. So as you turn the page and I know expectations get ratcheted up every year, that's what you want, that's what you were hired to do. But how do you how do you make this transition from really an historic year and try to build off of it? Yeah, I think we've got to get a little bit more consistent. Like you said, the expectations are high. People are going to be shooting for us. You know, we can't afford to have an off night. Our schedules tough, you know, we put together a pretty tough night conference schedule. So I guys have to realize that when they walk into a gym now after one of the years, you see last year, people are going to be they're going to be gunning for us. We're going to have a bigger target on our back and we're going to have to play that way. So I don't mind it like that, though. I think it brings out your best early and you've got to get whatever problems you may have early in the season fixed. And then I think you'll be playing your best basketball February March, which is when you want to be playing your best basketball. Coach, I know you've never shied away from the schedule, but I am interested in the philosophy about obviously really testing your team. It's not like you won't be tested in the SEC. But what is your approach to putting that non conference schedule together? Yeah, I think the committee rewards you for playing a tough schedule. I think if you play, you know, you get 13 non conference games. You've got the SEC big 12 challenge. So you get 12 before. SEC play starts. You know, if you schedule up, ten 11, 12 guaranteed wins. I just don't think you get exposed, I don't think you get to fix your problems, you don't know what your problems necessarily are until you get into SEC play. I'd rather be fixing whatever major issues we have in November and December and kind of nowhere we're at going into SEC play. I think that's what happened last year. I mean, you look at our and we've got a much tougher schedule this year than last year, but we were four and three after 7 games and kind of got ourselves turned around and then went 16 and two and SEC plays. So there are other teams in our league that had a really good teams that schedule a lot weaker and I felt like it ended up hurting them. Come SEC play. They kind of figured themselves out in the first few weeks of SEC play and we had already been exposing were able to correct some stuff. So, you know, maybe this year is a little tougher. I mean, Memphis, I wasn't planning on Memphis getting though. Recruits they signed late. But you know, Gonzaga, Memphis, we've made plays in the ESPN events deal.
A highlight from Previewing the Big Ten & Pac-12
"Than coach Vitale and our thoughts and prayers are with coach. And you know that we are thinking about him and we're standing beside him. I know you remember of the board of the V foundation and I'm sure you've had many conversations with coach. It's heartbreaking. Yes, it's beyond that. But you know, I'm choosing in this Seth and funds to look at the positive of this that early on in Dick Vitale's diagnosis there was major concern that surgery be required. And so I considered it somewhat good news that he doesn't require that that it's going to be steroidal and then chemotherapy for I believe it's a 6 month treatment. And he expects to work games during that time period, work around his treatment. So for me, that's a positive, and then when you find out that the success rate curate whatever you want to call it is close to 90%, look Dick Vitale is one of a kind. There's nobody like him ever. He's been the biggest voice and face in the game. For a million years now, you know, he's not a young man. So you're always concerned about that. But the one thing I'm not concerned about is, as you say, Seth, how passionate he is and how much fight he and his family will show. And how much support he's going to get from his ESPN family and from the college basketball community. I think everybody's going to be reaching out and lifting them up. Yeah, and it's a time to really, to your point, J being able to reach out and try to be encouragement to them in the best ways that we can because I'm mindful of the fact that here he is dig my tail like the 5th dude in our sport and has been for a long time. And not only does he do
A highlight from League preview, predictions, picks: The American Athletic Conference (College Basketball 10/19)
"On college basketball podcast, where we sometimes discuss camo fighting dodo birds and leaky black Matt Orlando is here with me and given that this is our third episode in a 6 day stretch. You might have noticed, we're about to really get going again. Over the next two weeks, we're gonna be previewing what is normally the top 7 conferences in college basketball. They are, the American, the ACC, the big east the Big Ten the big 12 pack 12 and the SEC and we're gonna do them in alphabetical order, which means today we're focusing on the American athletic conference. And the AC veteran joy this because his days of being a top 7 conference might be coming to an end once Houston UCF in Cincinnati leave for the big 12 might actually be coming to an end this particular season real quick. Two questions. Do you think the AAC will be a top 7 league this season? Question two, what do you think it's gonna be as a league once those three schools depart for the greener pastures of the big 12? Yeah, I thought about this very thing when we knew we were going with this conference first. Because this might be the last year we do this with the American, just the state of the state of the league, you know. Let's enjoy this. This could be the end. Let's just bask in this. Let's live in this moment. This might be your last American athletic conference. Hashtag live in the AAC moment. That's right. So that's the truth of it. It is. You're going to be losing I think you're just going to be losing too many programs and note to be considered on that level. In fact, you know, Ken pom rankings came out Sunday morning, the projections right now. It's a narrow margin, but in fact, there's really a drop off at 6. Big E 6, WCC. Which I said last week on the pod. I think this is going to be the greatest greatest year for that conference in its history, and at least the Ken palm preseason projections reflect that statement. And then the stop and pivot and we'll do reverse alphabetical order. This is now a West Coast conference preview. What do you think of this egg this season? Screw the Zach. Let's get into the Santa Clara and pepper die. Let's break it down now. But we'll see. If you told me that's the case, I won't be surprised. Quick, quick side note again, Gonzaga, BYU saint Mary, San Francisco Loyola marymount, probably all top 100 teams this season and the American won't get down the full lineup of teams here. But it's got 5 that are going to probably be in that top 100 conversation. And then there's probably going to be a big drop off. And even within that top 5, there's only two I hesitate to say surefire, but there's only two teams that clearly and objectively look like they should be making the N sub a tournament even if they get clipped by an injury or just take a bad loss here or there. We know who those two teams are. How it sets up with a league going forward. I mean, you know, we talked about it over the off season when there was obviously the news with the big 12 expanding and taking the likes of Houston and UCF into that league in the coming years. Yeah, I know football dictates a lot of that. But from a basketball standpoint, the conference has been able to be relatively successful since its incarnation. Since 2013, 14 when it started, it had four bids, then two, then four, then two, then three, then four. Last season had two and the year in which we didn't have a tournament. It was projected to be a three bid league. So on average, this has been a three bit conference since its inception. That's a multi bid league that's a clear top 7 league. And once the realignment comes, barring something that no one I've spoken with sees on the horizon, the American is just not going to position itself on an annual basis to be anything better than the two Bitly going forward. And that's as we've spoken about before. It's unfortunate for men's college basketball because you want more of these multi bit leagues, but heck, for all we know, maybe the mountain west just becomes that 7th conference. You know, who's to say what will happen there, but for the American, this is a huge year because you have two teams capable of getting to a final four in Houston and Memphis and soak it up now because coming off here in which Houston just made the final four, these could be the days as good as it ever gets. Really need Andy Kennedy to get that UAB program going before they come to the AAC. You might be right about that. Then I need Charlotte to REIT to come to the AAC and rehire Bobby Lutz. Oh boy. The niners. Yeah. The niners were something else under Bobby Luke's back in the day. Talk about the thing that defines our generation, by the way, like when people say like Charlotte basketball, I'm like, yeah, they were pretty good for a good while there. That's good for a good one. And that just hasn't been the case there. But yeah, the schools that GP is mentioning are the kind of schools that get rumored and bandied about that of the American will eventually add on. We'll have to wait and see, but clearly, it's just not going to be the same as what it is now. For what it's worth the AAC coach's poll was released last week and it went like this first place, Houston, second, Memphis. Third SMU for Wichita state 5 UCF 6 Cincinnati, Tulsa was 7th temple was 8, tulane and USF tied for 9th and east Carolina last in 11th. And what's interesting is that Houston didn't just get more votes than Memphis. It got way more first place votes. It was 8 to three first place votes in favor of Houston. And it's obviously runs counter to my top
A highlight from Hour 4: Kermit Davis
"The pride passion then pageantry of college football lives here. This is the Paul Fein bomb show our four podcast. And we've reached the final hour. It's been an eventful afternoon. We appreciate you being a part of the program and let's get back to the calls and Big E is up next. Good afternoon. Just like so roll to. Thank you. And yeah, two or three quick little things. Number one, I'd like to give a shout out to legend. I'd like to talk to him one day. He'll let us pass. And I asked him, I'm just not sure. Number two, I brought to say a highly outbreak of a little girl. The Kylian wild guy the young lady. Yes. And I'd like to tell her to take whether grains and put in the work and Greg bank can happen. My wife and I raised $2 that were really in the sports and good things happened to them. And the last thing I'd like to ask is, and then I'll hang up and listen to your response. You may have already talked about it. I had a doctor's appointment today and was right here in the end, but do you think the SAC will issue any finance to the Tennessee as for what they did Saturday night? Well, yeah. They've already done that. They've find the university 200 and $50,000 for what happened on Saturday night. Check in next with Chris, who is in Tennessee. Hello, Chris. Good to talk to you again, sir. You have been a few weeks. Hey, so I just wanted to call in, just really getting it today first and foremost Trump some of your callers. That's okay. They're being a little relentless today. And you know what happens? No doubt. But I just want to say, honestly, you know, the story about it. It is what it is. It's sad to see the man kind of giving out, you know, I like him genuinely going back especially a couple of years ago and, you know, it's unfortunate, but I think ultimately, you know, there is a standard at LSU. They've made that clearing. It is what it is. So, but I really want to call and just kind of just give my kind of two cents on the whole Tennessee thing. Sure. There's been some so much talk that's going on. A lot of rumors about who started it and apparently some old miss fans, people have said, I mean, look like they were starting to throw things. And it's like, you know, it's a terrible situation either way. You know, you don't want to point fingers. I was on the field there kind of sidelined near the old miss band, looking down and seeing all the stuff just coming down. And it was climbed from all different heights. So you know what was coming from different sections for sure, it wasn't just one particular. But a bad situation that really kind of ruined the end of the game there, especially for a lot of people who just wanted to come and see just a very tough fog game. Great. It was a spectacular night. And regardless of how it ended up, I think we were all remembered it as maybe a turning point in Tennessee football, even though they've won some big games. So it was just so much fun. Tennessee's played so many of those early games and this was a celebration of where the program is. And it all got away for a really small percentage of people. But it's always that way. We've always seen that. So thank you very much for the call. Appreciate it. Let's check out bob, who is in Fort Worth. The hello bob guard ahead. Good afternoon. Hey, how are you? Good, sir. Hey, I hate, I really want to say I hope so. But you remember last December and you probably don't remember, but and I was talking about when you when you kicked a lid off that Pandora box what comes out? I do vaguely remember this conversation, yes. Well, it's controversial. And I want to tell you something, it's not over. I think Scotty boy is, is everybody get clear of the blast zone before he pulls the pin on the grenade. But with ozone, let me finish out the season. But it's going to it's actually getting nasty at LSU. Well, I do understand this is a football season that we all care about whether it's going the right direction or not. You hate to blow up a season, but I'm curious because you did have some prophecy a few months ago. Can you without maybe specifics, tell us more about what your portending here? Well, Paul and I don't want to take nothing away from Scott's Woodward's glory. But this has been in the people to know what LSU and I look and I'm a third generation Aggie and I've got somebody pretty close to the situation down there. And he's an IE two, but. There's been a lot of stuff that the young man you had on at the first of the show that him and how it around the facts of the deal, their stuff is fixed to come out that the issue are going to. Take a wide eye view of and I mean we're fixing a get in to the Bayer deal and there's going to be a lot of folks upset over the deal. And I am in just for the sake of one of mine that's down there. I'm not going anymore in that, but. Let me say this bob. When you have multiple lawsuits going on, that is an indicator of what could possibly happen. I'm just talking about what we know, not what we don't know. But I found. I found the press conference last night a little bit cringe worthy. If you follow me. I just didn't really believe it. I don't believe the sincerity. I think for a man like Ed augeron to go down and I know there's $17 million and I may maybe that would, but it seemed like he just folded his tent. I said, okay, whatever you're suggesting, I'm good with. Give me the money. I'll say the right things and get out of town. You're exactly right. That's all he won't. Give me the money and I hope back to shelter and ask our shrimp vote. Exactly. Because he is a fighter. The others are on that I've always been around. He would fight them to the end about what they suggested. And he did not. No, sir. No, sir. Hey, look, and I was wrong to sit down and drink a cold beer with and have a good time with would be a hell of a filler. But that's not what LSU's been looking for in is going to rise up and it's going to bottom in the backend and by the way, Paul, you made a comment while ago that money was no object LSU in my room, but what was it four or 5 years ago that he's talking about shut down them? No, you're right. The legislature was here a 100% correct about that. The legislature was threatening to shut down the football program if they couldn't get some bill passed. Well, that's and you said something a couple years going. I've never called you several times. Okay. But you said, and somebody called and it was way after the fact of Saban going to Texas. And you said, well, Alabama would just outfit Texas. For the deal. And look, let's make some perfectly here. Make statements in Alabama cause Nick Saban wants to be in Alabama. Because you can bankrupt the state of Alabama and not out be it takes a senior person.
A highlight from Hour 3: Greg McElroy
"The pride passion that pageantry of college football lives here. This is the Paul Fein bomb show hour three podcast. We're back and it's great to have all of you with us. Second half the program is live a lot of conversation about coach. Oh, the Tennessee debacle, Florida. We'll talk to Greg mcelroy and a few minutes to get his take on bamas resurgence after losing. Let's get auggie calling now from New Orleans. Hello, augie. Paul, how are you doing? Doing great. Nothing going on today, right? I am employed and have no buyouts. So I'm in good shape. You need a buyout, Paul, look at oge Ron. Now, let's face it, do you think when editors are when you left Ellis, Chevron ice and his shrimp band? Did you ever think you'd end up with $17 million in his life? No. I think it's remarkable. And I'm happy for him and I hope he has a good money manager. Well, I hope so too. I hope we don't see him on those little pop up ads that talk about pro athletes that are broke two years after they retire, Dan Marino's pictures all over the place. But let's not feel sorry for Ed O the guy is walking away with more money than most people from his part of the words with his GPA ever thought they would get. So let's not cry too much overhead. Don't cry for me. Wherever he's from. Look who's parish. I'm sorry. High school. The nicknames is the tarpons for tarpons. But I have some advice for him if you'll listen. Yeah, what is it? I want to hear it. He needs to run for public office. Oh, he get elected. Yeah, I mean, I think for me, he's got 17 million in the tank. I don't know where John Bill, I think John bell just got reelected, did he not? Well, you could put humpty dumpty in all. Here's the thing he should run against a guy. Can't remember his name. You'll have to help me. I know I'm getting an a politics now, but I'm trying to run this by. He should run against the senator who voted against Trump. And Cassidy Bill Cassidy, I think. Would that not get him elected? I think the guy would get elected just in his personality, because you know, Louisiana history in Louisiana politics call, if somebody can entertain us, doesn't matter if they have a brain or not, they're going to get voted in. I mean, he would easily get voted in. But I see those raw going down almost not quite, but in the annals of like Gary denardo, curly home and Mike archer, he did win a national championship. Now whether that was by pure luck, like you just fell down and hit oil like the clamp it did in the hillbillies. The guy did win a national championship. So let's give him that. But Paul, your interview with Brody, Brody kind of left you hanging, didn't he? Well, I mean, when you hang your entire article on this salacious bit and then he backs away I mean, I don't know, you tell me you're the you're the attorney, but he didn't exactly go all in on that, did he? No, I mean, you said it, he was crawfish and he was equivocating. It was like what you were trying to get into testify against his wife and although he wanted to, he was trying to play the I really don't want to say this, so dragging out of me more Paul. But I think Brody let you down there, Paul. Well, you know, I did not expect him. I did not expect to have to regurgitate, which was the most salacious thing in his entire article, and then I was trying to think about this. I was trying to get him to confirm what he wrote. And he really didn't do it. No, he didn't. And you wonder why people distrust the media. Fake news. I mean, you know, by the way, I know people think those of us on this side always defend the media, but this was a classic case of a guy who wrote by all accounts the definitive history of Edo's fall from grace in the most talked about piece of his article. I had to drag out of him like I had an AK-47 at his head. And then he still wouldn't give it to me. You were like punching him over the head with a rusty led pipe and he was really very reluctant to spill the beans, but he has memorialized it in an article that will live forever. So I don't know. By the way, augie was out with in seconds. Seconds of the first report. So about yesterday about 1230, I guess, or maybe one o'clock. One 30, whatever time it was. Ross de Langer tweets Edo is out. And I think within two or three minutes, Brody had this entire article on the athletic site. I missed the article. I saw I saw the tweet that came out from Delaware and didn't see Brody. It was within minutes of which doesn't tell me itself evident. He already had it written. He absolutely had it written. And you know, those stories have been floating around for a long time. And like a lot of people and you yourself said, these things don't come to bite you when you're Nick Saban, right? Not that Nick Saban would do any of this, because I do not see Nick Saban as this kind of guy ever. And I think his wife would beat him if he did. But this is the kind of guy Edo is and people who knew him and know him, they're not surprised by this. I don't know the guy, but I knew people who know people who buy the 6th degree. But he's gone, I hope they win the rest of their games. I'm glad Dan Mullen. Dan Mullen was not smug and arrogant at his press conference, now was he? He was very he was very humbled. I mean, the guy was like he got caught with his finger in the pie. So that was great. I'm glad we Saturday was a win win fellowship. We beat Florida and we got rid of that O. So he couldn't get any better. It was in the Pantheon of separations. It was one of the happiest I've ever seen. Well, I think Edo is a realist. He realizes what we have already said, hey, can you believe I'm walking away from LSU with $17 million? I want a national championship. I'll be a God around here forever. What she will be. And here we had two years to trash the program. Hopefully we can bring it back. But Paul, do you remember and as far as Mel Tucker goes, I don't care who the coaches as long as they win, but remember when Mel Tucker left Colorado. There was a controversy. It was only a day before he was sipping his favorite beverage and telling people I'm here for the long haul at Colorado. And what did an airplane tweeting that token green? Oh, yeah. Absolutely. Do you think those things will come back to haunt a potential coach in the eyes? I don't think that one way. There was some really bad feelings, but what's most important for Mel Tucker is that he's winning now. And that really is critical. Hey, thank you for the call. Appreciate it. John is in South Carolina. You're on the air. Hey, Paul, thanks for taking my call. Thank you. The main reason I was calling, I'm just wanting to be able to tell everybody pretty much total about coach home when they first made the hire. I thought it was a bad hire to begin with. And a lot of people thought I was crazy then. And I had to eat a lot of cruel when they won a national championship. But now everything is coming together the way I said it would be in that example and everything. And the gag you had a little bit, I came remember as many that said that unless you can't afford Jimbo Fisher, they just paid a gas 17 million to leave. Yeah. I think making a full Jimbo Fisher. LSU can afford. No, that's not even not even an issue. I hope my last thing, I hope they give Bill Napier a chance. I like him. I know he's a chance, but for some reason I like him, I believe he could be successful.
A highlight from Parrish and Norlander give quick reaction and analysis of the 2021-22 preseason AP Top 25 poll (College Basketball 10/18)
"As dead leg pointed out on Twitter, this is when it really does start to feel like the season is about to begin. And I agree, the fact that my workload starts to increase drastically is another lot going on right now deadline. Time down on. First time since last April that I've fill overwhelmed a little bit. Well, I know what he's saying this, by the way, people, because when I started doing work over the weekend, I was like, I was looking at our preseason schedule and I was like, we're really coming up against some stuff like, as you'll see, we're going to have plenty of league previews coming to your feed. Basically, every day for the next couple of weeks and then some more preview stuff. This podcast is going to populate in your podcast feed daily if you're not already subscribed, please do so wherever you get podcasts. But when I was doing this, I was like, we haven't even started ranking our top 101 players. So I did my list over the weekend I was like, wait till GPCs me drop this in his email box on Monday morning. I know that's part of what you're referencing here because that's just another thing on the pile. It's just another thing. There's lots of podcasts to do. The top 101 players, we've got conference previews going up. It's really going to cut into my golf time. It looks like. Oh, poor handicap is going to take a beaten. I've got my drum set behind me, but I think my violence on the other side of the house, my bad man. I'm actually like I'm ready to go. Like, you know, the season is just three weeks from tomorrow. And so I agree with you that the release of the a people combined with the kin Tom rankings of being updated. It just makes it feel like, all right, here we go. And as we pointed out, the 25 from The Associated Press was released this afternoon and I think they more or less just copied my top 25 and one. That's what you pointed out on Twitter. It is true that every team in the top 25 plus the first in others receiving votes. So 20 16s, they are also the 20 16s in my top 25 and one. This feels like the lingering effects of that politics column that I haven't done in years. I used to beat people into doing whatever. I used to with the written word with the typed word, I would beat people into ranking teams more or less the way I rank teams. And here we are in advance of the 2021 22 season and they're still doing it. Special chance to the AP voters. You're following my lead just like always. Yeah, but come on. You must, I guess you kind of like this. I kinda don't. Like borzel or a good buddy Jeff Marcelo who's an AP top 25 voter. He also had shared that the 25 teams in his top 25 are the same that were as we're getting a little too much monotony. A little too much group think, yes, there might be a team or two here that's a little bit different from where you have a rank. But I was hoping for a little more, I don't know. Discrepancy, you liken this? I love it when people follow my latest teams. To be fair, I don't think it's just me. But I do think whether it's my rankings or borzello or John Ross dean's or, you know, any of the quote unquote national people who put these rankings out throughout the entire off season. I think they start as a starting point for people who have to submit an AP ballot. You know, and I'm not even arguing that they shouldn't. It's probably, you know? I'd be lying to you if I told you when I do mock grant for the first time that I don't look at Jonathan gavottes and saying the scene. He's just to see if there's somebody that's on their radar that isn't on my radar at all. And best I can tell, most AP voters, not all, but most seem to do the same thing. Otherwise, your top 26 in the AP poll couldn't possibly be the same 26 that I more or less came up with 5 months ago. True. Here's the one through 5 Gonzaga, UCLA, Kansas, nova, Texas, but that's not what I want to lead on. You know what I want to lead on? The best story in the poll. After a 909 poll, 18,529 day drought, it's over. Saint bonaventure is back in the AP top 25 for the first time since January, the week of January 19th, 1971. That blew me away. I thought that they had cracked in, you know, they've had a couple of decent teams in the past decade. I thought they would have cracked in once or twice there they hadn't. So from bonaventure athletics, it's their first top 25 ranking since 71. Prior to that point, quote, national rankings had been commonplace for saint bonaventure, which has previously earned national AP rankings and 82 weeks ranking as high as number two in multiple weeks during the 60 61 season and 8 60, 61 anymore, though. No program, by the way, in this poll, top 25, set a record for highest preseason ranking. So all the 25 teams that are here have been at least ranked where they are in a previous preseason poll. But before we get to some of the headlines in a couple other goodies, to me, bonaventure's the best story. Gonzaga number one, yeah, but we've seen that before. Last year. We've got a program that has not been ranked at any point period since 71. Crazy. I love it. I love that too. I didn't realize that. I'm glad you pointed it out. And it's evidence that people are wildly misguided when they say, preseason rankings don't matter. I mean, sure, we're gonna play a tournament at the end and whoever wins that tournament will be called the champion. I got it. In that sense, the rankings won't have any impact on anything. But they do matter. Going that same bonaventure basketball facility today and see if this a people matters. Go talk to the people who work in that athletic department. People who are fans of that school, people who are on campus right now. This matters to them. And it'll be the thing that when they play their first game this season, it'll be on your default scoreboard. On your CBS sports app because the default score boards the top 25 scoreboard. It'll be on the ticker on CBS Sports Network. When saint bonaventure plays its gay first game. And that's because it's got a number beside its name. That number might not accurately indicate what you are relative to other teams in the sport. As always, we'll see. But that number gets you on a radar that you otherwise wouldn't be on. And that's why this is an important day for lots of schools. Maybe not for the Kentucky's and the Kansas and the Carolinas because they're used to this type of stuff.
A highlight from Hour 1: Brody Miller
"Passion and pageantry of college football lives here. This is the qualifying bomb show hour two podcast. Hey, very pleasant. Good afternoon. Welcome. We are midway through October and every Monday. We don't think it can get any crazier last week. It was Alabama losing today. Where do we begin? Well, there are a lot of choices and none of them are all that great. Let's get going right now with some headlines. And it's all over for coach. He will coach the remainder of the season, but no more as coach is let go after a week of turmoil after really a season of turmoil after two seasons of spiraling downhill after Joe burrow took off after hoisting the national championship trophy. Last night, everyone talked in BR. The man 2019, what a magical realm, but you know what? Because of the players. They're great players. And we had great coaches here and the players make this program and you're able to recruit great players here at LSU. But I knew we had to sustain that momentum. We had to sustain that standard. And I know that the last two years hasn't been the standard of LSU. So when he came and talked to me after the Kentucky game, I knew that it was time. And I understand that I understand the expectations illness you. And I invited myself and we did not meet him the last two years. I'm honored that I got to be the head coach of LSU. This administration has treated me with class with dignity the whole time that I've been here to give me everything that we needed to have success. I met with the players today. It's the first time that I get to talk to the players before I want to talk to you, but I am happy that I can be the coach of the LU Tiger store at the end of this season, and I promise you this, we're not going to blink. I'm glad we beat Florida. Tomorrow will be tell the truth Monday. And we will be on the whole mission. I'm gonna take it one day at a time, but I'm always gonna appreciate my time here. I have no regrets. God last year until the truth Monday told he didn't know anything about his status and now he tells us that he talked to the AD after the Kentucky anyway, it doesn't matter while he of course this is the timeline on coach O named interim coach in 2016 after less miles was fired. Of course, burrow transfers. They win the title. He's named national coach of the year. It's a big contract, raise, and then it all starts spiraling downhill. The athletic headline, and we'll talk to the author of this article. He lost track of who he was. He had always run small. And if you have not read this, we will tell you what you missed, and it's quite an extraordinary tale. Not exactly what you hear from some of the Talking Heads about coach O's stay in Baton Rouge. Meanwhile, what happened to the Gators, Dan Mullen? How about you telling the truth on Monday? What's going on down there? Another ugly loss, Gators have a biweek, and then they have Georgia. Speaking of ugly, how about the scene in Knoxville after a fantastic evening, one of the most exciting and many many years in big orange country, they lose the game, and then some in the audience lose their cool, throwing things on the field, protesting the officiating, throwing golf balls at lane kiffin. It was a melee and the SEC just moments ago has issued the following. They have fine Tennessee $250,000 required to use all available resources to identify individuals who through the objects, review and update game management procedures and alcohol availability policies. They do sell beer at newland. And provide a report to the conference office to try to prevent future incidents. What else can you say? I certainly understand in a stadium with more than a 100,000 people, this was a very small percentage. However, it's also hard to shy away from the fact that it was an ugly scene that has been disseminated, not only in the sports world I saw yesterday on The Today Show. I saw it today on the CBS network and quite frankly, whether Tennessee fans feel like they're being treated fairly or not, that school has received an ugly black eye as a result of all of this. There were some good things on the field charity. How about them dogs? Looked apart in knocking off Kentucky in a really dominant game, the score really doesn't quite tell the story. But dogs gave up a few more points than usual late late touchdown. They call it in Vegas and back door cover. But still, this defense has been nothing short of spectacular this year. Brody Miller, who won one of the best pieces we have seen in a long time in the athletics will join us in a minute. LZ, the basketball coach at Kentucky, the basketball season is about to begin mcelroy will join us with his take on the weekend. The TO guys and Kermit Davis. And your phone calls at 8 5 5 two four two 7 two 8 5. Let's start with Dwayne and Georgia. Hello, Dwayne, go right ahead. Hey, Paul, I just want to say this about coach. I've called in a couple times. I'm never seeing the guy that I like you. Just by what I hear, but I understand what LSU has to do. Personally, I wish that he would ask one more year, but I understand what they had to do and what's taking place. But I've been lied to God, just hope that things go well for him that he might find something else down the road somewhere else. Well, thank you for the call. Dwayne and you be well. Take care of yourself. Can is up next. Hey, can go ahead. Two things. First of all, I discovered you are Sunday
A highlight from Ravens Have the Best Win of the Season, Undefeated Cardinals, Plus Chaos in Tennessee With Jonathan Vilma
"Chargers. I think it's the best resume win of any team in the NFL this year. Others in the mix, the rams, take care of tape at home, Arizona beaten up on the rams. And I'm not going to, don't worry. I'm not going to just a week off of the bills going other than class, the AFC with their dominant win at Kansas City. I'm not going to say now it's the ravens and not the bills because I'm not doing that. But I think as far as what we saw final score, who the charges are right now and who the chiefs are right now, even at home, I think Baltimore beating the charges the way they did is the best single win of the season. We knew it was a bad defensive matchup for the Chargers. Their bat against the run Baltimore likes to run it. They gave up 230 yards and that shootout against Cleveland last week. Chargers defenses number 18 overall, they're even like some people think they're the worst against the run. It depends on which numbers you want to look at because the chiefs are basically. They have find a way into the argument of the worst defenses of any unit of any stat that you want to look at. But here's the other sneaky part of this for Baltimore. Is there actually not great on defense? At least they weren't until yesterday. 22nd overall and 22nd against the past in certain metrics. So you're like, okay, well, they're going to run it all over the Chargers, but then the charges are going to throw it all over them. Not the case. This is the second worst game of Justin Herbert's career. The only other game that was worse was perhaps one of the single worst performances from a team in all levels of the game when they lost against the past last year 45, nothing. That statistically the worst game Herbert's ever had in his career, what we saw yesterday against the ravens is the second worst. I would remind you to, I don't think it's a crazy thing to say that that loss against New England last season is one of the worst 60 minutes in NFL team has put together for an afternoon. I don't know how many years, but it was that bad. So as good as the bills are, which they are. Kansas City now and we'll get to them in a second. Defensively is such a mess. And not to say the Baltimore's defenses were, but like, what I'm telling you is that was pure domination against a team right now that I think we all feel better about, at least we did prior this week, the Chargers over the chiefs. The charge is just playing better than chiefs. So that's why I like to win so much better. I mean, this thing was over, it felt like ten minutes into the game. Charges get to touch down. They miss the extra point. They never scored again. That was it. And Lamar, even if he has, you know, one, one of the throws in a series, it doesn't seem like it wrecks the series the way it may have in other games. And I know the IR numbers everybody points out like, hey, the most injured players and all these different things. I think there's a lot of guys that were on the IR number that actually weren't a big part of what was going to happen. But it also proves this. You can lose all your running backs. You can find running backs, especially when your quarterbacks potentially better than any single running back in the entire league. So Lamar has been better, but I don't know if Baltimore's defense is going to be better, but if Baltimore has a defense now, which again, they had it for Sunday afternoon, then we could start talking about the class of the AFC. But I'm not saying they're the best I just think it's the best wind so far. Speaking of Kansas City, they're three and three. They beat Washington. They had 21 straight after being down in this. It was a weird game, but it was a weird day because mahomes first pick was entirely on tyreek hill. His second pick was atrocious. It was just dumb, which I actually think in a weird way is better. I don't ever see mahomes throwing picks where he's confused by the defense. So let's put that one to bed. I see either it's not his fault, Matt Damon, or I see him doing incredibly dumb things. Now, what I see other quarterbacks do dumb things from day one, I go, you know, it'd be great if you stop doing the dumb things. But we have multiple seasons of mahomes not doing dumb things. So I just think this is a weird phase for him. Like a teenager that starts smoking cigarettes and maybe you get him to stop quickly. That's what it feels like because there are all sorts of tweets like we had the contract guys tweeting out how much money mahomes had left on his deal as if it was John wall. He like, wait, what? There's another guy that was pretty prominent on social media. Talking about the NFL showing the pick going has the NFL figured him out. And he wasn't being funny. He was being serious. Andrew brand even chimed in talking about the rest of mahomes money. And I'm like, wait, if you guys want to do this, then give me all the mahomes stock. You can possibly share, because I will buy all of it. We know the defense is a mass Chris Jones was outward the corner was out again for this one. But the offense is still basically the best offense in the league. So they're not, they're not in that first tier in the AC. I'm not saying that. But people got way too overboard in this mahomes has been figured out bullshit that I'm seeing from real people, at least in the early portion of this game. Final thought, Arizona, dominant against Cleveland, the only undefeated team in the league, there's 6 O, Kyler continues. And by the way, if you see somebody say Lamar's MVP, no issue with it. If you see somebody say Lamar's MVP and it's not even close, change the channel. If you see somebody say Kyler Murray, the MVP, no issue with it. If you see somebody say Kyler Murray, it's not even close, change the channel. The whole point is that it is close because both these guys are awesome to start to season.
A highlight from NFL Week 6 Monday Night Football: Buffalo Bills at Tennessee Titans, Odds, Picks, Predictions
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A highlight from The CFB Pod: It's Over for Coach O
"The ESPN college football podcast hosted by Paul find bomb and Matt Barry. It has become a Sunday tradition unlike any other on the ESPN college football podcast, unfortunately, Paul find bob very alongside one of the other traditions in college football, especially in a time where coaches need to produce right away, even if you just want a national championship in 2019. Your career can come to an end as quick as it took off. ESPN confirming a report on Sunday that was led by Sports Illustrated Ross dellinger that a separation between LSU and Ed or Duran reportedly finalized on Sunday. He's expected to complete the 2021 season with LSU before leaving Paul. I don't know that this comes is a huge surprise that the Edo era is over timing of it perhaps just your thoughts as we get started on the ESPN college football podcast. Well Matt, Florida had won the game yesterday. I don't think any of us would be surprised right now. But we tend to think that this is all about wins and losses and as we are going to learn more in the coming days. The firing of geron was really about more of the trajectory of the program and his ability to avoid off the field mistakes. And I think so many things happen down there that Scott Woodward the athletic director decided why put off what is obvious. Let's go ahead and make this announcement. They're coming off a big win. It doesn't seem as harsh, but when you think about the fact that it was under two years ago, math that won the national championship, this is truly extraordinary. He presided over one of the greatest teams in college football history with Joe burrow, Jamar chase Clyde Edwards delay all of that talent. Joe Brady, the offensive mind, they were 15 and at that point, they're 9 and 8 cents. But at that point, Paul, you and I, we've been doing this together on SportsCenter and other forums for about 8 years. And we were honest with each other and when the editor wanted higher was made when he was the interim under LSU under last miles and then was elevated to the full-time job. You and I kind of did a dog head tilt 'cause we're thinking well, he was a defensive line coach. He wasn't even a coordinator. This seems odd for a program that the stature of LSU remember they ran on Tom Herman, remember they were in on Jimbo Fisher. And so we kind of looked at this as an odd higher. But after 2019, I mean, this is a local Louisiana guy. I thought Paul that this guy was gonna walk on water until he decided he just wanted to go off and retire. I think that would have been the case, but unfortunately he I think he lost his compass a little bit. He started when everyone bailed out and understandably, so Joe Brady goes to the Panthers Dave ran against the head coaching job. He was the coordinate defensive coordinator. He made some just inexplicable coaching decisions that and he was and then he would he admitted that he didn't interview both paulini personally for the job. I realized we were in the middle of COVID. But still, it was still startling to hear he also made some terribly poor choices last year before the season and in the midst of George Floyd, where he came off in sensitive to his essentially lost his locker room. He was and, you know, we're never going to bring politics into this thing. He was close to president Trump and that rub some people in his locker room the wrong way. He didn't really explain his way out of it. He was tone deaf on the whole social and racial justice movement and that cost him some players. And then the season was the season was really a disaster except and they finally turned it around at the end to beat Florida and on this. But and then there were some off the field issues. And these are things you didn't really hear a lot about. And everyone is entitled to their private life, but he got divorced from his wife after 23 years. And it wasn't that the cost him problems. It was posting pictures with women. And I know this sounds like we're piling on, but these are the, and then on top of that, here's the final point. You had a number of title 9 issues down there. That everyone said, would not be a big deal, probably until he lost, and then suddenly they became a big deal. And you have an athletic director finally in Scott Woodward who was at Texas a and M, he was previously at Washington he hired Scott here. Chris, Scott Peterson, I did not mean to say Scott. Wow. That's a dollar. I was sorry about that. I'll put a dollar 50 in New York. And then, of course, he went to Texas a and M and hired Jimbo Fisher and I think he came in there and was probably a little bit in spite of winning the national championship was still a little bit surprised to find out what was going on down there. Yeah, Woodward's he's a big game hunter. We'll get into the names here in just a minute, but this report from Ross dollinger, a while ago who broke the story, said this goes beyond on field results, a strained relationship between coach and administration, rooted in team management and public slash private behavior has warped into an untenable situation distrust and outbursts. And you would just talked about it there. When you get to a point, one of the most insecure things for a head coach at any sport, but most notably football when you get a new athletic director and you are not the coach hired by the athletic director, who then comes in and sees things through his prism, sees things the way he wants his athletic teams run. And he basically inherits you. Take that tenfold with what, like I said, is a big game hunter. This wasn't going to end well. Save for another national championship out of Edo and LSU. And when your off the field headlines and whispers start to surpass that of what's going on on the field, you're in for a world of hurt. And it's clear to everybody now who covers the sport and especially you who's so embedded in the SEC. I talked with some of our colleagues about this at ESPN. The championship year, Paul, that was the outlier. Everything pre championship and post championship is what this program is under Ed or on. Championship was a perfect storm of Joe Brady, Joe burrow and some of the best football we've ever seen. That was not going
A highlight from Ed Orgeron out at LSU less than 2 years after national title
"We had breaking news to address so much so that we had to scrap our original podcast intro and start over. So at augeron, the LSU coach who won the national title in 2019, even after his big win over Florida yesterday is out. The school and over on have reached separation agreement. Bruce from your understanding, he will still coach the rest of this season, but he's done after that. Correct. This had been going on for a little bit. You know, because at one point, I know, remember saying if you win the next two games, does that change it? And he was like, I think they've already made their decision essentially. And so when they beat Florida, even with like half a team, I don't think that that wasn't changing anything. You know, like it was just a matter of when does this get when does this get finalized in terms of the contract and everything and this isn't like a cause thing they're going to have to pay them a lot of money to go away. And I think the key things here is basically at ozone. It was not the guy that the new AED or else of a new ID Scott Woodward had hired. He's not the one, you know, he was there before. So it's crazy in this regard. It's 21 months from the time he wins a national title. And Scott Woodward and the new president, they want somebody else in there. So we'll see who they who they end up hiring. But it was just kind of the whole thing was a little bizarre in the regard of, you know, it's just it's kind of unprecedented in disregard because people can said this before. People don't talk about the genetic comparison, but it's really not the same thing, just because chiswick had the one year and I think that in this case, Scott Woodward has made some splashy hires. I mean, you got Chris Peterson when he was at Washington, he got Jimbo and he was at a.m., and now obviously the bar is going to be sky high, because not only do you have to win a national title like you better not have an off year after the national title or else they will fire you. Yeah, it's very NFL like it's very what have you done for me lately now. I think that he there was an appearance of instability because he hired Oklahoma last year and it blew up in his face spectacularly. You know, he changes out both sides of the ball this year with young unproven coordinators. And they start three and three. And with a bad loss of Kentucky. And I think people just felt like, you know, the national title season, he got hailed for that higher of Joe Brady. Obviously he brought in Joe burrow, it wasn't like schools were beating down their door to bring in Joe burrow, like he did everything right for that season. And they had a remarkable season. One of the best in the history of the sport. And then it just seemed like after that, he couldn't make a right decision. Now, I do think that if this had come out a week ago, everybody would be like, yeah, makes sense. They just beat Florida, 49 42. They're running game that was so dormant before took off. I'm not saying one game changes the whole course of your program by any means. But it's just weird timing to have this come out now. He gets to go on a victory tour. I think this is, I mean, the story of the 12 him after the 2019 season was kind of a feel good story of a guy who is born and Brad, Louisiana, when you think Louisiana, you think coach O having this big redemption and then less than two years later, he's out. This leads to the obvious question who does LSU go after now? That's a good question. I mean, I reported on our big news show Saturday morning that from my sources that there is a lot of interest from some influential people inside LSU who are really high on pucker from Michigan state. I'll Tucker was a Nick Saban assistant. He worked there. In the early 2000s, he knows the SEC well and not just from his time at all issue, but then obviously he coached an Alabama and coached his Kirby smarts defensive coordinator. He's done a really nice job at Michigan state. But he's only in year two there. There are 7 O, the interesting part of this is I don't know if Mel Tucker would make that move. Because remember, it was like, it was pretty awkward for him to make the move out of Colorado after one year to go to Michigan state. Boy, it is going to absolutely just crush Michigan state fans if they lose another coach to LSU. Michigan state is 7 O, they will be 7, and going into the Michigan game on October 30th. This is quite a high that the program is on right now. And so I can see it either way. I could see him being loyal to Michigan state. You know, given the timing, or I could see him being like, you know, I don't know if I can win an ash. I can have a lot of success here. I don't know if I can ever win a national title here. The last three LSU coaches have all won national titles. The last two of those have now been fired, which tells you how cutthroat it is. It's kind of like the way people view auburn is really more LSU now. But, you know, we did that you guys did that best best job survey. You surveyed a bunch of coaches around the country about a month ago. What are the top 5 jobs in college football and LSU is one of them. So they should have their pick of the litter. The kind of crazy thing you mentioned in the last miles getting fired, that actually happened though about almost ten years after he won the national title. If you look at what he did the next two years, I want to say, he should have been fired for that reason after, but he had a 500 record in the SEC the next two seasons after winning the national title. I didn't realize that until looking back at it, this morning. But then he ended up a couple years after having the 500 record. There were 8 no and played for the national title against Alabama. It's just, hey, it is a expectations are sky high, especially when the expectations are. You got to deal with Nick Saban. I mean, there's nobody else in terms of when that's in your division. That makes it that much harder. And I'm interested to see how who they get from here. If you don't get Jimbo Fisher, who obviously had worked at LSU on save and staff. And it's going to take a lot to get them, because he's paid a full fortune. I have no idea where
A highlight from Hour 3: Mike Griffith, Laura Rutledge, & Kirby Smart
"Of college football lives here. This is the Paul Fein bomb show hour three podcast. And we are back live on the campus of the university of Georgia, the number one team in the country. And that and who better to talk about the dogs than Mike Griffith who we've been talking about the dogs with for a number of years. He has joined us here at site. Good to see you, Mike. Yeah. Great times, Paul. So we don't see you now. We usually see you in that little box wherever you are, but let's talk about this weekend. And the dogs had not always handled success. They lasted one vote in 2008. It seems to be a much higher level of confidence that this Georgia team is going to remain and really is built for success. Yeah, I mean, I guess it depends on how you define handle and success. I mean, George has been a preseason top 5 teams four years in a row, four straight top ten finishes. I mean, Kirby smarts pretty much taken over a lot of these robberies. They beat Florida three out of four. You know what the Tennessee four years in a row? I can't remember the last time. I guess auburn hasn't won since 2017. George has done everything but win the big trophy. And now they've got the team to do it. They've got the momentum. They got the fans. I mean, let me tell you Sanford stadium is going to be a factor tomorrow, Kentucky knows that. And when those fans get loud and Arkansas found that output. I mean, Arkansas and Pittman, he was hanging it up after the first couple series. They couldn't get a snap off. It's 21 to zero before Arkansas gets the barbecue sauce off. They couldn't get anything going that day at Sanford stadium. And I think we'll see more of that again tomorrow. We will talk to Kirby smart in about 30 minutes right here and that will certainly be something I know he's counting on as his team heads out there. And tomorrow, three 30 game, a little bit different than a noon game. It's homecoming, too. Well, you say that, but I mean, they were at a 110 decibels at noon. You're right. You're giving three more. They're gonna be even louder. It's gonna be even louder and even more hostile for the opposing team. And when you put that together with the front 7, like Georgia has, it's gonna make life miserable for this Penn State quarterback. I mean, Penn State to Kentucky, trance. He says he's looking forward to the game. He'll God bless you if you're looking forward to that, man. Let's see if he can get through it. Let's talk about the defense because people have asked me where would you rank this defense? You've covered SEC for a long time. And you've seen elite defenses. How would you answer that question? I mean, they're outstanding. I mean, right now, Georgia leads the country in total defense, scoring defense, past efficiency defense, number four and run defense. I mean, the only people that don't seem to notice are the Lombardi award. The Lombardi award David Pollock won this award back in the day in 2004, they whittled their list down to 12 semifinalists of the best defensive and offensive lineman in the country, not one from Georgia. Three from Alabama. Alabama just gave up 41 points, Paul, but there's two Alabama. Listen, if you don't think these dogs are still hungry and still have something to prove, wait till you get Kirby on the side. He'll tell you, man, nothing has changed here. That number one ranking, it's window dressing. These people, like I said, it's one thing. It's the big trophy, and this game made for that. It's just one more step. I'm just trying to remember if I vote in the Lombardy awards. I think I used to, but I don't need more. Yeah. So let me ask you about that because there's a lot of conversation about this for the high. And there really isn't a Heisman favorite at the moment. Could that happen? Probably the Michigan state running back. Could it happen? Theoretically it could. Will it happen? No. I mean, part of what Georgia does so well is play so many guys on defense. There's so many layers. And if you just look at the numbers, if you didn't see Jordan Davis in person 6 6 three 40 hard to miss Lombardi trophy, hard to miss 6 6 three 40. You know, but you look at the numbers we're talking 15 tackles and 6 games. It's not like he's Charles Woodson blowing up the stat sheet. The good news for George is you've got a guy like Jalen Carter, 17 quarterback pressures. You've got devonta Wyatt. You've got Trayvon walker, and we haven't even got to the second level, Channing tyndall, Nolan Smith, former number one recruit. I mean there is just loaded. Adam Anderson, they got a guy here, Adam Anderson at 6 four two 40, who's faster than all their tail backs. He ran a four four 7 at the Georgia combine. This guy's gonna be off the board in the NFL Draft of first ten picks. And he only plays about half the game because they keep everyone fresh. So the front 7 is just a murderous rope. Mike Griffin was Mike, we've had conversations in the past over whether things are shifting. I always like to get big picture with you because you cover you've covered so many different teams in the SEC and around college football. I'll be having fans predictably or overreacting. But Alabama to get back in this year has to be Georgia. I have to get to get to Atlanta. I want you to give us your thoughts on that program after a and M and how these two programs, Georgia and Alabama compare right now. I mean, first of all, I got to be the first to say you remember I championed Nick Saban for coach of the year last year. I mean, and you listen, he's a dominator. He's done a fantastic job. I mean, I got to just preface it by saying that. I mean, I covered Alabama football. I understand what it's all about. They're all in. There's no neutral sight games. Their home games are home games. But they lost 6 first round draft picks. And we're not just talking about pretty good players. We're talking about guys that are on your fantasy football team right now. We're talking about dominant players that are no longer there, and they're in a reload mode. And if we're going to talk all this SEC talk, which we do, how tough it is, how third is you just can't lose 6 first round picks and expect not to miss a beat. And listen, if Dan Mullen doesn't blow it, Florida should have beat him, and I said that. He absolutely blew it with the play calling everybody, you know, shouted me down, tried to remind big dancing. You know, it's such a genius, right? But then they lost to Kentucky and then the crickets came out in Florida. I'm not sure if they're back for this week's game yet or not, but the bandwagon really empty fast after they got beat by these Kentucky wildcats. Now they're back on it because they smell some med or on Tiger blood in the water. And I do think Florida will have a little momentum, but getting back to Bama. I am curious to see how they're going to come out of the tunnel. Mike leach has had a week off. Mississippi state took care of some pretty good teams already this year. Believe a and M, you know, some transitive problems. They lost they did lose dollars. Well, they did, but the point is this. They haven't beaten Nick Saban since his first year in Tuscaloosa. This is an Alabama team. But I think the teetering a little bit, teetering a little bit, Nick Saban trying to say they're not an elite program anymore. We'll find out Saturday night. I'm in a very much in a wait and see mode that the ceiling for Alabama is still very high, but as you said, let's see if they get. But let me narrow the focus. And we'll put in the bank that you think Nick Saban's a good coach. We all do. Thanks. But in terms of comparing programs right now and that's what we do. And we all know what Saban has done, Kirby smart is reminded all the time by the media of what he hasn't done. And I realized what is ahead, but how do you see these programs converging upon each other? Well, I think I know where you're going. I mean, Nick Saban turned 70 years old on Halloween, right? Trick or tweet. You know, senior citizen coach, you know, Kirby smart 46. And he just called Nick Saban, the senior citizen.
A highlight from Hour 4: Josh Brooks & Chris Doering
"The pride passion that pageantry of college football lives here. This is the Paul Fein bomb show our four podcast. We are back. Final hour and we're not done yet. Coach Kirby's more joining us a few minutes ago and certainly igniting and fighting the crowd here, but we now have Josh Brooks and we've had a chance to talk to a couple of times. No longer exactly the new kid on the block. I said that after we saw the Backstreet Boys a minute ago, but you've been in the shop for a while. Most of the year in the Josh, how's it going? It's going great. You know, 9 months in. You know, you really want to get to that year mark to where you can say you've seen a full calendar year. I know I've grade a lot, you know, I want to see one of those photos like they do a president year one, present year four, maybe you're 8, and then really see how many gray hairs have came in. But I've had to shave the beard because the beard had gotten so gray that I really needed to get rid of it. And the last time you were on somebody posted on social media picture of you and I think it was Ted Cruz. And it went viral. Yeah, so I've made a concerted effort to do everything I could to remove that look. So I had the beard first. Yeah. Then he grew a beer. So I got rid of the beard, lost a little weight, added glasses, so I'm trying to do everything I can to dispel to get away from that look. I think it was lily, your wife, I ran into her earlier. And she was having a great time showing your niece around campus and I was thinking something tells me you're not cruising through a Friday afternoon with on homecoming weekend. Now it's been a busy day and these are for me these are important weekends, especially every time we get recruits on campus. And from all sports. So I met with track records this morning, women's basketball courts this afternoon. Any chance I can get to help in the recruiting process, no matter the sport, it's big for me to show that availability in the show, the passion from the AD of how important it is that we want to succeed in every sport. And Josh, it's so easy. It's so interesting because there was a time. And I'm talking many, many years ago when I remember being in college and you'd go see the AD and it was usually the former football coach. And that was the case here, although I would not classify Vince Dewey in the category of the former football. As we all know, coach doi is a genius on a hundred different levels. But this job is so different now. I'm not trying to say it isn't fun. But it's almost like you're on Wall Street trying to balance a budget fundraise nonstop, dealing with a thousand legal technical issues. I don't mean to make it. But it is not easy. It's more of a CEO role, but at the same time, I think one of the advantages I bring to this role is I came up through the equipment room as a student manager came up as a graduate assistant coach, director of football operations, so I've seen that led part of many different levels before I started working in administration, so I bring a perspective of being on the coaching side, being a student worker, and now we have administrative side, which gives me a balance. So when we talk with a coach, or meet with a coach and we're discussing needs versus once, I have a greater understanding of why something's important because I've been in the trenches for coaches, and coaches are going to fight for every advantage they can, because whether it's recruiting or whether it's to get their team ready, they're trying to find that edge. So I think you do find more administrators who maybe didn't play or maybe didn't ever coach. But that's why I'm proud of my past experience. I think it gives me an edge and helping to understand what my relationship with coaches. I ask Kirby smart this question and about NIO because we all thought that would be the topic du jour time we got together with administrators. But from your standpoint, I know, I know compliance is probably the first layer you have to deal with. But how has that gone so far? I think it's going pretty well. You know, it's still evolving day to day. The rules and how each school is applying how they're using it. But I think it's gone for the most part how we expected. And I think that what we're seeing now is early on, it was heavy football, it's because it was right around the beginning of football season, but now you're starting to see it open up another sports. We're at a point now where I think every student athlete from each sport has now has some format in IL deal. And I think that will continue to grow. So I won't ever say it's going exactly how we expected, but for the most part. But again, it's just evolving day to day. I'm curious about compliance because I know that's a really critical part of an athletic department to be compliant to deal with and they're very complex issues. I mean, somebody can walk down the street and be in jeopardy or breaking an NCAA violation. But how difficult is it or is it difficult to preach compliance, what you have to do while student athletes are making money in a completely different venue, but it's still seems like the line is being blurred. Yeah, you know, it's always stressful when you think about you have over 540 student athletes, 300 employees. It's a lot of people to manage to make sure everyone's doing the right thing. Thankfully, we have a great phenomenal compliance team lebow will Lawler who's got experience with the southeastern conference. He's got experience of the schools. His leadership in that department has been phenomenal with us. We've also partnered with groups that have helped us with the education process. And I think we've done a lot of programming and our kids have asked a lot of good questions. So I've been very proud of how they've bought in and ask the right questions and stayed on the forefront of these issues. So there really had been a lot of surprises or things that we have made on anticipate. Josh, what one thing that fans are always, I'm sure when you're walking around and they say, hey, what about the schedule? What about this? And George, obviously plays the creme de la creme. I mean, it started the season with Clemson. What is or is there a basic approach to Georgia schedule from this moment on? Well, thankfully, we have a head coach and coach smart, who believes in playing tough competition. And he's willing to go schedule those big matchups like beginning of the year with our match of eclipsing in Charlotte in future games. You look at our schedule for the next ten to 12 years. We've got a lot of big matchups, and he believes it makes our team better. And I think that as we look to the potential 12 team playoff, I think it's going to do it's going to serve us well to have that stronger schedule that we could turn back to and say, we weren't afraid we wouldn't step up and play great opponents. And I think that's his mindset. I'm thankful to have a coach that thinks that way. And hopefully it'll lead to other coaches doing the same. Because I do think at the end of the day, it's better for college football. It's better for our conference. It's better for the fans to have those key matchups. And I'm just guessing another question that athletic director is like you get. And I know there's no answer, but I'll ask you anything. What is the SEC going to look like when that day comes, whether it's in two years or four or 5 years when Texas and Oklahoma joined the league? We're also conditioned in knowing what the east looks like, what the house looks like with the rivalry games look like what the crossovers look like. But it probably won't look that way.