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"bruce pearl" Discussed on The Paul Finebaum Show
"And we are back in about to send the audience to Birmingham as we continue our coverage of SEC media days, dari shooter, tell yours. Paul, thank you very much. We're talking auburn little war eagle. You're regular season SEC champs from a year ago. We got Bruce pearl. We got the guard. Window green with us here, coach. The good, the bad. As a coach, as you, what do you, what will you remember more? The first regular season title since 99 or the NCAA tournament came you didn't win. What will stick with you? Oh, well, what sticks would be the regular season championship? For sure. And we wanted in 2018. I get that we won in 2018 and we won it last year. Tied in 18, I guess I meant yeah, so. Sal still take that. But they're still up there. That's my bad. Hey man, I can see that boy turn it better in 2020 and my GM was COVID year. They'd ever announced it, but we were going to be like a two seat. So it's up. As it should be up. No. Remember the championship, for sure. You remember the championship for sure. At the end of the year, you'll be putting a hot tech saying M team. The SEC tournament. And then we put it against a Miami team that had four 24 year old guys. They were up like double digits at half against Kansas to go to the final four. That team did. And Kenneth went on to beat them and won the national championship. So remember the good. Of course. Wendell, you guys had an interesting summer unique summary, fun summer, the trip to Israel. You played four competitive games. What are some of the things you took out of that? And I want to talk about on the court after, but just off the court experience that coach set up for you guys. It was just a blessing. You know, to be there. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity. You know, I don't know when I ever have a chance to go back to Israel. It's a lot of people in my family that want to go over there. You see the Holy Land. I'm a very religious guy. You know, so just seeing all those sites. It really connected me with my faith more, and I just, I thank coach all the time for that opportunity and I think it was just a great opportunity for us as a team to Bond. What do you, what's something that stood out? I know there was a lot of experiences. But what are the couple of things that just etched in your mind that you think about? Like out of their
"bruce pearl" Discussed on The Paul Finebaum Show
"Here. The final 45 minutes of the program and let's check in with cliff, who is in Mississippi. Hello clef. Hey Paul, good to talk to you again, buddy. You know I'm your trial. You might go connect. Oh, that's right. I do remember that. Of course. Yeah. Yeah, hey, look. This is the craziest thing, man, but I was sitting there today and you didn't have Ken Smith on the list of people that you go interview, but I wanted to call you earlier and I said, you know what? I'm going to try to call it. Number 96, I was going to a hundred, but when I hit 96 and Luke picked up the phone, I said, man, I need to talk to Paul about Ken Smith bio for a minute. Look, that guy is not too long ago. You had a conversation with him. And he was talking about the Big Ten, the Big Ten media deal with Fox and all that kind of stuff. And he said, you know, the money. The money is one thing, but a lot of these schools in the Big Ten are not going to use that money to promote the football side of which, to me, the SEC is the best at doing that. And of course, commissioner sankey is that front of that whole thing. But one of the things that got to me after he discussed how we do which might all kind of sense he talked about the states and he said something about foreign and Texas and the political basis and just, you know, what they had to offer and I said, man, I sure hope I sure hope commissioner, thank you, it was just happened to be listening to that because I'm telling you, he needs to put Ken on his assault. And that guy needs to be a consultant. I mean, he just absolutely has I wish when I was in the business world, I wish I had the money to be able to afford a guy like that. Some of the things I needed to know. Well, you know, Ken, and I've gotten to know him. I've been with him a couple of times. I mean, he's got a system and I don't understand it, but the way he tests people, it's not a matter of, you know, it's not an IQ test. It's really in an ability to deal with many, many different situations. And there's a science to it, of course, with all with all testing and I may have told the story once, cliff, he gave me the test, and I couldn't do it. I kept putting it off. So one day I decided to take it during the show. And I mean, I would do it during the commercials and during long calls. And finally, I sent it to him, and he called me, so I need to talk to you immediately. He said, he said, you may have some serious issues. I said, what do you mean? He said, he said, you got to get some bizarre answers. He said, were you distracted when you took the test? I said, yeah, I was doing it during the show. He said, okay, I'm throwing it away. Let's start over again. And then it worked out fairly well. He broke it down for me. But I mean, I've never taken a test like that before, but you're able to find out, I mean, professional football teams do it, Alabama has done it. And you're trying to, you're looking for little loopholes, you're trying to figure out certain things, especially with leadership for a quarterback. You want to you want to see how he reacts to certain questions from an academic standpoint, as opposed to on the field. Well, you know, the thing about it is, you guys, when y'all talk, y'all have such good exchange. I mean, it's obvious to me that he called in the day because he wanted to talk to you and discuss the everybody's talking about the auburn situation all the time. And Manny, I'm telling you, he was spot on because that's a different culture. And I'm telling you, mister yellow, but he's a big man, but I'm telling you he's a people man too, you know? But the thing about it is, it just, it's just amazes me. I think a good recommendation would be to you and him to get a joint deal and go to commissioner signing and say, look, we would be glad to put on a retainer. And give us what I think would be great is ESPN could own the southeast and so we could have an SEC and then we could have an SEC one and then the ACC could start a Delaware and go up the coast, you know? Hey, Chris, thank you. Thank you. Thank you for the call. A really great to hear from you. I'm glad you got in. That was good. Let's talk to Vance next in Georgia. Hello, Vance. Hey, buddy. How's it going? It is going great. Thank you. I want to start out with one of my usual statements. Barring the hideous word injury and that is a bad word. If everything stays like it is, and I'm an unabashed Alabama fan. But my dear Larry, my favorite color, Jerome, legend, whatever the hell Jim is. You're not going to beat Georgia. I'm sorry. It's over. This big fence looks like Alabama to supposed to this year, Paul. I mean, you're not going to need 13 people on defense and they better be good to beat that team. And the other, I have a question that for some reason, there seems to be some kind of Shroud built around the truth of this man, I thought that for many many for a few years now, I think the best way to auburn would be hue freaks. Has he does something so egregious that even Bobby Katrina can be a head coach granted not in the southeastern conference, but I remember that the horrible mistake Tennessee made with Greg schiano. I think Notre-Dame made a mistake with the former coach O'Leary at tech. Oh yeah. And look at the look at the obscurity they both went to for a long time as auburn really going to keep screwing up like this. I want to know what you think. Well, I don't think. The circumstances of the harsh and higher and were predicated by other things and in any walk of life sometimes you have multiple disasters connected because they were connected, but that's not the point any longer. That is not as germane issue. And I think the I think auburn will likely get this right. Now, we think we know who they're going to hire, assuming harsh and leaves. I do want to add that. If you win Saturday in the next week and the week after that, we're having different conversations, but I don't think we are. Freeze would certainly qualify well. I think he would be in the crosshairs of auburn. And. The reason why I freeze was essentially kept out of the SEC while as an assistant had less to do with the transgressions that he was reportedly fired over, but more it had to do with the NCAA probation that auburn was on at the time, and the feeling was that since I think they were precluded from going to a bowl game for two years, it was not fair for free is to be at another school in the SEC, Alabama wanted him Missouri wanted him a couple of other schools, wanted him while his the team he left behind was ineligible. That's how it was explained to me. But maybe I didn't listen to you well enough in the past when this all happened, but I appreciate you clearing that up for me because I just I didn't understand he seems to be like a of a word meaning his name and I'm like you got I mean, I believe that auburn is I mean hell I've been watching NCC football my whole life. I'm 66. I think auburn is most definitely a sleeping giant. Oh, there's no question. Dancing in that period of time, I mean, we both have seen it together. The number of times that auburn has been so close to just locking down a position at or near the top and something always make occurs, but that's not unusual. I mean, Alabama was the same way other than the Sabin run and the Bryant run. Everything in between was pretty tough to watch. It was splotchy at best. It was long years of not any success that the Alabama standards real quick all the people for all the people in Georgia that don't understand auburn and Clemson would never ever have been football programs without the state of Georgia and another analogy would be neither would Oklahoma be anybody without the state of taxes. It's just a fact. Auburn and Clemson have been raping this state forever long before this latest recruiting craze. Thank you very much, fancy. It's a pleasure to hear from you. Arnold is up next. Hello, Arnold. Hey, miss fine bomb. How are you doing today? Very well. Thank you.
"bruce pearl" Discussed on The Paul Finebaum Show
"It's saving lives like right there on the ground. And then you're having me on today is just a message to everybody. Ladies know what they need to do. They know what they need to get checked. And guys know what they need to get checked. And you get to a certain age, you get on average at age 40, you need to get your first prostate screening. If you've got history, a prostate cancer in your family, you should do it as young as 30. And coach, I remember seeing you that first night, I think it was 5 years ago and I don't know. I mean, when you consider all that Mike's live accomplished in his life, just from a personal standpoint, how proud he was of his family and Anna and his grandchild. And of course, his wife Liz, I don't know if I've ever seen him prouder than that night. To see friends like you and so many others come together. He became about as he became as passionate for that cause as you are on a day to today basis for basketball. It was extraordinary to see. It was. I mean, look, Mike, we lost him way too soon. And I think some of the challenges we've had, you know, navigating with the changes in the NCAA rules and things like that. I think we did a bit of navigating them smoother, you know, had we had, you know, Mike's lives still here. We're fortunate to have Greg thank you leading our conference. You know, together, one of those guys are two of the greatest minds in all of collegiate athletics. But Mike recognized that he was able to pass the baton to William king and to Greg sankey. To Dan leibowitz and the men's basketball side and the guys over at football, obviously doing incredible job. We've got the best league in the country and whoever is the second best conference in the country is not even close in all sports. And obviously it just means more and you'll hear an Aubrey we talk about being in everything school. That's what the SEC as well. And I know commissioner, thank you and commissioner slide would be extremely proud of that. But Mike did jump into this arena and his family did as well. And so tomorrow night at UAB at that beautiful football stadium, it's going to be an incredible night. Paul, the auction that they're having. You're going to be able to buy things and sports experiences that you just couldn't get like hardly anywhere. And so I encourage everybody that's listening to either go online or show up in person and understand that the contributions that there will make a difference and I've been blessed to be able to contribute to that foundation for the last 5 years. And we'll continue. Coach, many, many thanks for helping. You've done this a number of years. Since we lost Mike and I know how much his family appreciates what you have done and everyone at that that will be there tomorrow night feels the same way. Thank you for making time for us. I appreciate that Paul. Listen, I think coach Andy Kennedy from UAB there will be their, you know, John calipari is always been incredibly supportive. I think you got a chance to be there tomorrow. It's a lot easier for me and Andy to get there than this John. And so we'll look forward to seeing the folks out tomorrow night. Thanks. Go get checked. Go get checked. Right now. Okay, I'm on my way. Thank you. Bruce pearl. Bruce pearl tells you to do something, you better do it. We'll take a short break back with much more right after this. You
"bruce pearl" Discussed on The Paul Finebaum Show
"No one would know. We're just farmers jet? Yes, I applied to be a minor league collar unless you check and phony. Only can you do your talking about your butt ties. Oh, I remember. Jim Harbaugh smashed in silver. Yeah, nothing to talk about. 5 or 6, 7 minutes, you spent your entertainment. I know what this guy does. He played that exact same clip to his friend to get a crack out of it. Hey, can you take a shot at the gaslight Mike Griffin? Hey, there are minor leagues. They are making millions. So Jeff, next time you call in, because what you say is I always have better response, another minor league color, gotten Columbus, matter of fact. I have a question for Jeff. What would happen if Michigan smashes the Ohio State where you're going to rehire urban Meyer? I hope you have enough nightclub for mister urban Meyer. Last place that urban Meyer is successful at the nightclub, not in the football field when it comes to NFL. And I go, mister fine, bond in June day. Did he say Meredith Lee and Mike Griffith are making millions? I'm impressed. Did you guys know that? Way to go, Griff. Griff is a multi millionaire, not bad for 82nd airborne guy. Hey, that is impressive. And all the power to you. How about Dave in Missouri to follow up AC? Hi, Paul. Thanks for putting me on. Me and Peggy wanted to know if you know that as Sam Pittman going to be on your show anytime soon. Oh, I'm pretty sure he will. I would expect he'll be on preseason, but if not, we will be out in Fayetteville for the first weekend of the season. I would think he'd be on then, if not sooner, but I bet he said, I bet he's on sooner. Yeah, well, we just absolutely love him and the razorbacks. And he's such a personable guy. More than any other. I would have to say, Dave and you guys are probably a better judges of this than I am. But if you're watching through a television screen, which is what this show is, primarily. I don't think anyone comes off more authentic than Sam Pittman. I mean, if you go right down the list, Sabin, pit men, Fisher, pit men, hypo Pittman, Kelly, Pittman, I think he wins every battle. Yes. Hey man, thanks for thanks for saying that. Well, thank you and best to Peggy and you call soon art is up next. Paul, how are you doing today? All right, we are doing well. Thank you. Long time listener first time caller. Opinion about a coach. You had to hire someone for ten years to run your football team. Nick Saban, Kirby smart was not available. Who would you sign? So now who's not available? Nick Saban's not available. It's not available. Who will you get for ten years? You got to sign up for tenure. Okay. I'm going to come up with a working list, okay? All right. Money is not a money is no object, right? Money's no object in the game today is pay for play. Okay. I'm going to put kiffin on my list. I am going to put Napier on my list. Lincoln Riley on my list. Jimbo probably, yeah, Jimbo, you almost got ten years left in him. Mario Cristobal would be on my list. Those would be coaches, I would look at in building a program. And who would I choose of that group? Who would you choose? Surprisingly, mom was not on your list. And it takes will be first. Okay, I like sarkeesian, but here's why I can't go with sarkeesian. Okay. I need to see more. I just I've been burned once on charging and I'm not going to be burned until I see what he does over the next two years. All right, but you put kiffin at the top of your earliest. I didn't rank them. Quite frankly, kiffin would not be at the top of my list. No. Okay, good. But athletes are key, Jim, I tell you the guy who the guy in that group that I would hire above anybody else, and I'm just freewheeling here with you, would probably be Mario Cristobal. Excellent job at Oregon. He will put Miami back on the map. Yeah, I think not a bad show as Paul. Napier to me, I do, without see, I need to see a little more from Napier, but I think he's got the, he's got the infrastructure mentality that I really do admire. Enjoy talking to you. Thank you. Enjoy your show every day, a great job. And I can't wait for college football store. All right, thank you. Yeah, I think the thing on shark and again, you can we can all have different opinions. I think he's close. I think two years from now, he could be headed toward the top of the food chain. And but you have to you have to see more. And you may get him out of overvalued price, but that's what that's what you do. Let's continue in a moment, more phone calls at 855-242-7285. Good question. No right answer. We will be right back. You were listening to the Paul fine bomb Joe podcast. Oh, hi there. Young
"bruce pearl" Discussed on The Paul Finebaum Show
"Marcella joining us in about an hour Adam sparks covers the vols and Michael eve say native of Kentucky, UK grad talking about very tough time in that state again. We talked to Michael after the tornado last fall and tragedy has struck that great Commonwealth one more time. Let's get to the calls at 8 5 5 two four two 7 two 8 5 and will is up next in North Carolina. Paul. How's it going today? Okay, well, I called you last week to press, but I'm going to hold out hope that Jim field gets his head out of his butt and calls great thank you. I'm not going to let all this talk about the impending day of the ACC. Negatively affect my outlook on the season years going forward. I mean, do you think there's any way that we could get rid of Jim Phillips and maybe bring somebody else in because the whole alliance is a waste of time, he should have been talking to Greg. Thank you to begin with. I mean, we're relative. Well, you know what's interesting if you go back in history about 15 years, the ACC used to be the SEC's best friend. The two commissioners, when John swafford tried to push the plus one, he and Mike's live were teammates in that in 2008 and they got knocked down and ultimately we had a couple of more years of the BCS before the CFP. So it is sad. The problem that I think Phillips has is he inherited a mess and he's made it worse. He hasn't made it worse by anything tangible, but by getting in bed on that alliance was humiliating. He's got voice to come. He's got bad TV deals and I know that I'm sure I'll be written up for saying that because I work for the company that the deals are with. But my job here is to communicate your questions not to read the PR him and all of the company. And there's not much you can do about that. All I can do is hope. And some of the problems were there when you got there, but no problems that he had can excuse the way he handled his biggest moment last week. He failed. And that's not some guy on the SEC network saying that. You've heard everyone say that. The thing is, like you said, I mean, the PAC 12 and the Big Ten alliance is a waste of time. I mean, we're relative right door neighbors to the SEC. I mean, I mean, just the match ups sale would sell themselves. I mean, you know how we do the ACC Big Ten challenge. Sure. I don't know, I don't know if there's any way that we can intermingle live. Football. Well, well, you already have games or you already have tech tech and Georgia FSU. You have Louisville Kentucky and Clemson, South Carolina. So there are four built in games every single year, which doesn't really leave much else every year. You've had that occasional Alabama Clemson game, Clemson, Georgia, games like that, but it's not like there's really anybody else in the SEC, it's not like there's anybody else in the ACC, the SEC really wants to play. Yeah. Maybe Florida state one day, maybe Miami's playing, what Texas a and M this year? If they choose playing LSU, you have a lot. I mean, by my count, you have 7 games. Vanderbilt's playing wake forest, second week of the year. All these, all these decisions right now are being made on football, but I think maybe the best time to maybe just start up a conversation possibly will be doing college basketball season. But will, let me say this to you about that. And I would not argue with any person on the earth that duke and North Carolina is that one game every year that the country watches or two games or three games. But that's it. ACC basketball is not what it used to be either, even with two, even with two final four teams last year, it doesn't hold a candle to football. And Phillips Phillips did accept that. I mean, that's one of the few smart things that he's done. He started talking about how we need to be football first, which takes some guts on tobacco road. Hey, thanks for the call. Appreciate it. Maybe when they moved to Charlotte, they'll be more urbanized. ACC AC excuse me, AC is up next in New Jersey. Good afternoon, mister fine bob, thank you so much for taking my call. Thank you. Absolutely. Mister fine bomb. I want to make a correction. I did not call the cheerleaders a crowd. I call them background cheerleaders. I looking back last night, I did a cheer new year's, I don't know where you came up with the clown, but I forgive you. You know, let me tell you something. Hey, hey by the way, how do you know those my words, not yours? What were you? Let's turn the page and say we send you our deepest apologies for misconstruing something. You may have said, because you speak so you speak so clearly with such elocution, I don't know how I could have ever missed a word. It's okay. I forgive you, you don't need to apologize. You know, jump in Columbus's calling me what and minorly color. I mean, is that about what we are? I mean, if I ask someone in New Jersey on the street, hey, do you guys want to jump from tuck the loss? No one know who that guy is. Now if he said, hey, pestles, hey, do you know what AC is?
"bruce pearl" Discussed on The Paul Finebaum Show
"We will actually start today with basketball. Some of you may have been watching earlier today. Auburn over in Israel and we'll talk to the head coach at auburn in just a few moments. So we'll also talk to you. So we won't go the normal routine here at the beginning of the show. There is a lot happening. We'll take a few phone calls and then we'll join coach pearl over in Israel as he is taking his team on what has to be a very important learning lesson. We'll talk to JC, who is where Bruce pearl lives full-time and that is in auburn. Good afternoon. Yes, Luke, how are you doing? We are doing great. Thank you for the call. Hey, I just have to go ahead and say the album basketball team. I'm pretty happy with what I saw so far. They're looking really well, Katie Johnson and waddell green coming back. They look like they make some improvements, but room to transfer will really stood out to me today. He runs for a really well and rebound super well. And so that's really good to see. And being chance, the freshman that's coming in. He's literally good. But the question I have for you today is I just want to kind of get your input on all of your quarterback race. Obviously, I guess it's kind of between TJ Finley, the veteran is not because I take them transfer and Robbie, the Oregon transfer. Let me say this quickly because we're about to head out. I like finlay a lot. Gotten a chance to know meet him a few times and I think he's a great leader. I don't think he's going to end up with a job full time. Thanks for the call. Appreciate it. And we welcome all of you who have been watching auburn taking on a team from Israel. It's been an exciting afternoon. Especially early evening I should say over in Israel and there will be talking to the head coach in just a few minutes, but auburn has won one 17 to 56. No it wasn't that close. But that's not really the purpose of these type of trips. We're going to get into a number of things this afternoon before we go back over to Israel and talk to coach pearl. Let's share a couple of headlines with you. A big news out of Tennessee as a verbal courage debut with Tennessee during the fall camp will head up there a little bit later on as well as he's of course a transfer as the hypo train continues to roll and we're learning about the transfer portal this week as there's always something going on in that portal and we will have a couple of the things to share with you throughout the afternoon. 86% 88% if I can read that correctly, which I can't. Have gone to power 5 schools. Remember it wasn't somewhere during COVID. I remember hearing somebody say that almost the percentage of players in the portal are ending up with no jobs whatsoever. Well, that has changed pretty dramatically. And I'd like to know exactly why. So the key is the key is really when you enter the portal. The early the late portal. But both are better than no portal at all. And of course auburn, as I mentioned, they have one of their opening game in Israel, but it's all about sharing a once in a lifetime dream for young players to do something they have never done. And we'll talk more about that in just a moment. We're just going to pause here for a second as we get ready to say hello to coach pearl. Moments after the game and one other thing we are going to do today is all the different camps start to open. We will go to every one of them throughout this week and until the end of the week as the camps begin to open as we are under a month before the first college football weekend. The first college football weekend, of course, as we know it is Labor Day weekend, but there is a week zero that started a couple of years ago. Okay, so let's head over there and talk to coach. It's very noisy in that arena. But I know one thing about coach pearl. He doesn't need questions. He just needs a microphone. Coach, good afternoon, so great to have you on. And I don't know how well you can hear us, but Marlene. Just tell us, tell us how
"bruce pearl" Discussed on The Paul Finebaum Show
"Okay, because I used to know the DA of the DA up in Huntsville. He later became when I was doing a story up there one time and had to deal with the DA. And then with bud Kramer, he labeled it. He was the DA. I'm not at all surprised that you got falsely charged. Yeah. We had a bit of a, he later became a congressman, I believe. I don't think I don't know if he still is, but I think he did. Okay. Mom, I'm sorry to hear that. Didn't mean to wish you all of the dead. But I got to know bud pretty well. And sorry to hear he passed away. But did he ever apologize to you for falsely charging? Did you get your 600 bucks back? No, I still had to pay the $600. Okay. Well, I think we ought to, I think there should be restitution. Our question for you today is, okay, here's a question. Who has the best ones coming up? Yes. Well, certainly, you start with what will Anderson and Alabama. So I mean, he's singularly the best. That's what that, by the way, I'm kind of upset about Tom. I mean, there are people that hauled their hauled into jail for felonies that aren't charged, don't pay 600 bucks. I mean, for a ping Pong paddle that you didn't steal yeah, I mean, can't you buy a ping Pong table for under $600? Yeah. I'd be curious who your lawyer was. AC from New Jersey, was he representing you? We'll take a short break back after this. Street games and they were almost like sport extensions of the black party. It wasn't just about the basketballs, our culture. We're just trying to figure out how we could go see some of these games. They added a disrespect. That's how you break somebody. This is the story of the greatest mixtape ever. 30 for 30%, the greatest mixtape ever now streaming on ESPN+. You were listening to the Paul finebaum show podcast. We welcome you back. We started the conversation with Bruce pearl. Talking about two of his players, including jabari Smith, who could be the number one player in the draft we're now joined by Kennedy Chandler, the great star from the university of Tennessee grew up right outside of Memphis and of course it was dazzling last year as a Tennessee had quite a run in the regular season and of course the NCAA tournament. Kennedy, thank you for making time. Congratulations on your very quick success. At Tennessee and I know you're really looking forward to the draft. How are you? And how anxious are you, I guess I should say. First off, thank you all for having me. And I'm doing good. I'm back home now with my family. So I do my job party here, so I'm just enjoying the process and excited for tomorrow. Yeah, I'm sure, by this point, you've dealt with so many different people from the NBA. You probably have seen every analysis of yourself and mock drafts. How do you I mean, I know you're always judged as a great player, but has it been a little bit overwhelming or have you enjoyed this experience? As well, I love it, but you know I'm just trying to enjoy the process right now and you know this crew to everybody that the type of player I am, that size doesn't matter and you know it's coming to the NBA and show that billies that I could do. Yeah, you did it all from scoring to assist percentage. I know these are things that have made you one of the top players coming out of high school and obviously have you in this position. In trying to determine your choice a couple of months ago, what went into it and what advice did you gain? For me, no coach Barr and you know, he's a great coach. I want to thank him, you know, when I went to Tennessee, I told kobar and it's the first time I want to do this when the SC championship and you know I'm a very competitive person and I'm a winner. And the reason why the tendency is just about a point guards, that coach bars had a coach by TJ Ford and deja Augustine and I wanted to be the next point guard to be challenged by coach Barnes. And you went to the it turned out pretty well. You grew up right outside of Memphis and I grew up there myself and I think it's misunderstood by a lot of people in the Deep South. What a basketball town that is. What was it like with the history of so many great players coming out of Memphis for you to learn to experience and to get to know a lot of them? Yes, I feel like Memphis is a very underrated city of a basketball. So I made great kids here that play basketball and you know a lot of great talent here. For me to better make it out, you know, just go to SC school, you know, it's not very often you see kids from Memphis do that but I feel like everybody in membership better have that chance to be able to play at the next level. And Memphis, it's always place to be home. You're right, especially when one of the most famous players in Memphis history is coaching over their it's tough for anybody to get out of there. So and I don't mean that literally, but there's a pretty big history. You talk about your experiences at Tennessee, which is also a phenomenal basketball school. Yes, I feel like Tennessee has the best fans in the country. You know, every home game that we have, the fans were there. Was there, you know, ready for us to play. And the team that we had at Tennessee who had a special group of guys and, you know, I'm a miss those guys. And that was a very group the camera show that we had just on and off the course very special. And also a team that I was very missing, you know, I'm like that I chose Tennessee and to go to that school. Canada, there had been some media comparisons to Chris Paul. I know you grew up in a town where there's an NBA team. Were there players, I'm sure there are a lot of players you watched as a young person that you probably dreamed of being like, but was there anyone in particular that you thought about as you were getting older and getting better as a basketball player? Yes, so my favorite player is Chris Paul. He's a player that I look up to that I watch a lot of film on. That's the one thing that me and coach Barnes didn't watch a lot of film Chris Paul. So that's a player to model my game out there and who I think I played just a like honestly. You know, he's a player, you know, I can't wait to play against next year and you know I look forward to playing against him. What have you, I mean, everybody's being told something else, so right now and you're in that position where you've heard a lot, you've seen mocks. What do you know other than the draft is tomorrow? Do you have any inkling of what it's going to turn out to be? Honestly, no, I just, I just know that position I am. I'm just ready to get drafted tomorrow, honestly, and you know, I'd be excited where every team I go and the show done while they drive to me and who the player I am. Well, tell us what it's going to be like at the.
"bruce pearl" Discussed on The Paul Finebaum Show
"We mentioned Grant Hill and Jerry moorhead, remember about three weeks ago Jerry moorhead, the president of Georgia joined us beachside. They're now voting members, the NCAA board of governors. That's a significant position hearing morehead already, one of the most influential people in New York collegiate athletics as the president of the SEC and yes, there is a Johnson versus NCAA it's a tricky case. We'll get deep into the weeds on what it means. It's a big deal. With Michael McCann a little bit later on. And the transfer portal alive and well, and we'll who are the best players. Some of them are pretty obvious. The guest today are not as obvious. Kennedy Chandler. Yeah. You T fans made a little bit about him. McCann, later, Ari, if I come back, I want my name to be Ari. Hey, let's give you an update on a and M, they are down four zero to they're about to be sisters and cousins in the SEC, Oklahoma. Maybe sisters wouldn't be the right phrase. Arkansas and almost tonight, that's a do or die game for the razorbacks. All miss has yet to lose. And the phone lines are officially open. At 8 5 5 two four two 7 two 8 5. You ready for a good beginning? Who do you think is the first caller is? There is a list of Friends of mine who say, why is that guy always the first caller? Why is that guy always on? Can you guess who the first caller is? That's my question to you in the audience. Who you got? Who you got? You got John, John, from Louisville. How much you got on that? You just lost $5. AC is in New Jersey. Tribal chief is here. That's right. Why do you have the wrong to show what you should call 5 bucks? I got going. You are now the, you have replaced Jim from Tuscaloosa as the best caller on the show. He is no longer among the living. About that month. I got my Turkish coffee ready. I'm gonna smash each and every sore losers out there. Let me talk about Matt and stunt Antonio and mister amen. If you notice my mountain Tony, he says, hey, bro, I'm a Paul 5 bucks. Did you notice he's trying to call your burger? You should find that. You are human being. Oh, Lee. Of course. Oh man, it's concerned. I just love color next one are meant to teach the new colors how to make calls. That's not gonna happen 90% of the time I met someone, sometimes you message different. How is that a good call? I'm gonna smash all of you. Bring it on. I am the guy who's gonna open the show. I'm the guy who's gonna close the show with mister Paul found by Jim from Tuscaloosa out of Mexico. You're the past told me I'm perfect. You're the past homie. I was reading some of the other day about great book beginnings, a lot of famous first lines and books. You're the past homie might be my favorite. I've heard on this show. Better than don't you think it's better than they call me Ishmael? Anyway. You're the past homie. He's talking about page 54 right there. Speaking about the past, we put out a tweet earlier. If you could relive any moment in college football history, what would it be? That's our new theme for the day. You're welcome to chime in at any point. You got to tell you. I guess I'd probably go old school, like going to my first game with my dad or something. I mean, I know I'd be sappy doing that, but that would be a pretty cool thing to relive, wouldn't it? I mean, all the rest of the stuff I could watch on ESPN classics. Let's get back to the calls. At 8 5 5, two four two 7 two 8 5 Dave is up next in Missouri. You are on the air. Hey, thanks, Paul. You know what? After listening to you for a while, we have a lot in common. We're about the same age. We're at the same shoe size. And yesterday, you said that you were born in the same hospital that Elvis had died well. Elvis died on me and Peggy's anniversary and I am related to elps. So you were married on August 16th. Yes, yes, sir. What year? Yes, I was. What year were you were you married? We were born our married in 1975 and Elvis died a couple of years later. He died in 77. Yes, yes, that's correct. Thank you. But all of our relatives, I've been told that migrated from Mississippi and moved up north to round Crocker area. And areas around there. And that's me and Elsa's tie. And also on things in common, I also, I was a wild ass when I was younger, you were a wild ass when you were younger. Still am. And yeah. I've heard your stories and not as one of these days I'm going to chisel all those stories down and I really, I was not that bad. I think I tend to exaggerate about my past. Okay, what's the wildest thing you ever you ever did as a young and crazy person, Dave? And we'll compare. Oh my God. The woman is saying I ever did, which was a big mistake. To make a molotov cocktail and throw it at the school. Okay. Well, I can assure you, you've got me. I've never done anything criminal, so were you arrested? You should have been. Yes, yep. Yep. Got caught, football player saw me. And me and two other guys. And what's going on? What's good was this, Dave. This is Glendale high school. Dave, hold on a second. How old were you? I was 15 years old. You're 15 and you throw a molotov cocktail into your high school into your school. Is that what you're telling me? Well, it was on the outside of the school. Molotov cocktails can kill. Yeah, I don't know. We read some book, you know, by Abbie Hoffman or something. Oh yeah, we're talking about Chicago Chicago 8. 7, whatever. Did you know they were the Chicago 7? It used to be 8, but Abby hoppin died. Yeah. But I got paid for it. I had to go. Hoffman was one of the great radicals of the 60s. Oh, yeah. And Jerry Rubin. Don't forget about him. Jerry ribbon, yeah. He wrote that book. He wrote that book still this book. Yeah, that's a good name for a book, too. Yeah. Yeah. But anyway, it's better than my life. Dave, thank you. I mean, I don't know if I want to be associated with her. I mean, there's a criminal, isn't it? I mean, no. Nothing's ever stuck. I can assure you. I've been charged a few times, but nothing serious. Attempted attempted. But no, I have can honestly say I've never spent the night in jail. Been to jail. Come close. Should have been, but didn't. Tom is up next. Hey Paul, how you doing? You ever been to jail time? Yes, I've been to jail for one night. I didn't mean to ask you a trick question. I just thought it was kind of what were you doing in jail? I started paying. You stole? A ping Pong. They just said I stole it, but I didn't really feel it, but I still put me in jail. I've stolen far worse than ping Pong titles. I mean, come on. I don't know if I want to admit what I don't know what I want. What I've stolen on this show. I had to pay a $600 fine. Now, and what county was this, Tom? Madison county. Madison's county, Alabama? It's hunched filled, by the way. Yeah. And what year was this? 19..
"bruce pearl" Discussed on 77WABC Radio
"Pleasure to have Bruce pearl on the program He is the coach of the auburn university basketball team How are you sir I'm great Mark How are you this evening I'm great Now we've never talked before We've never met You made a statement in response to a question at a press event They get very very political I didn't think you were being political at all by the way And you expressed your deep felt concern for the people of Ukraine and you wanted to help them Would you like to elaborate on that Yeah thank you Mark You know when you're in March Madness and you're having a press conference and there's a room full of sports writers They want to talk basketball They want to talk about the match up They want to talk about who's going to advance I want to talk about one shining moment And I absolutely get that And but at the same time being a Jewish American it's absolutely blessed and fortunate to be a head basketball coach in the southeastern part of the country and the southeast conference in auburn Alabama and loved in this community because of my faith And so I'm grateful But I had to really wait for an opportunity to maybe talk about something more than just basketball And I got a question about Ukraine Tyre of endeavor the women's basketball coach at Stanford had challenged coaches to donate money for every three pointer made And I'm like okay here it is This was my window of opportunity And so I explained my Hebrew name is everybody calls me coach Bruce pearl But mordecai as you know in the story of Pornhub in the celebrating that festival was Queen Esther's uncle and he advised his niece the queen your people are going to be murdered Heyman has gotten to the king and it's only a matter of time between for you and your family and your people are going to be removed and he gave her the confidence and the courage to see if she could change Heyman's heart And so as I've been thinking mark of what's going on in Ukraine right now or what's going on right now with the potential treaty with Iran Persia it rings back to being true that right now the Jewish people and not just the Jewish people But people in this world are actually in grave grave danger based on some of the based on some of the decisions that the king refers you might make And I felt compelled Well it was very articulate I played it on the program as you obviously were told about or heard Let me ask you something do you get any pushback from that Not very much I did and I want to thank you for playing it on the program I'm a fan and I enjoy reading you and I enjoy listening to you and I thank God for what you're trying to do to wake us up to the realities that are out there And but at this point I don't care When we say never again what exactly can we do about it I mean I can't take up arms I am limited you know I could do what I can financially to support things to try to promote peace and things like but we also have our voice And you have a platform And I have a platform too And if there are people that are uncomfortable hearing it from an apologize I'm sorry We need to be able to agree to disagree But if I'm going to sit there as a citizen of this country and a Jewish American that loves Israel and be silent as our country considers getting back into a treaty that is going to provide riches and wealth to a terrorist state in Iran for them to do the kind of damage that they're capable of doing I can't see for the life of me what the benefit is and Mark we all know that Israel is not going to allow Iran to get a nuclear weapon and to develop their ballistic missiles And so I just don't understand how we can get on the wrong side of just about everything including this issue In our coach I've spent time in Alabama and I have found the people there to be terrific Very very kind I found the food there to be unbelievable By the way And people may not realize some of the smartest people in the world are there that redstone arsenal in Huntsville Alabama with the scientists and engineers and so forth so vital to the NASA science program and so forth and so on And you're saying you're welcome with open arm I guess not at the university of Alabama But you're pretty much welcome with open arms there right Actually I would be welcome at Alabama as they've got a very large hill They figured out a long time ago that it wasn't the worst thing in the world to get some bright talented Jewish faculty staff and students But you know Mark I don't know I just think because you're auburn's coach Oh I know exactly what you mean You know you have to it does take two L's to spell roll tied I say that every now and then and I get a little heat but you know the thing about being in Alabama you're right You know but people I grew up in Boston and my first job was out at Stanford California So I lived on both coasts and never experienced the middle of our country on the southeastern of the south part of our country until a little bit later on in my career And I love our country But it's so misunderstood by people in the east and the west that they don't understand the love of country the patriotism you're right the intelligence the wealth you know this is a great character all over the country but somehow certain parts of the country were sort of you know we're all supposed to drive and pick up trucks and we're all the basket of deplorables So and so forth And that's just absolutely not the case And being a Jewish American you know the fact that I do observe and I do pray and I try to go to service and I host our Jewish students on our campus also my Christian brothers and sisters respect me for that And you know I'm grateful Because as a basketball coach my whole deal is bringing people together right And growing up in Boston we're in the 60s when there's tremendous racism and ethnic diversity but lack of tolerance and understanding I just couldn't understand that I'd go on a playground and we play pickup games and I didn't care what color you were Could you guard somebody I didn't care who you prayed to Could you make a shot And kids could in sports could teach adults like how to see what's important and how to treat one another And so listen I am grateful and I absolutely don't take the religious freedom that you and I have that our fathers didn't have and our grandfathers didn't have And I'm grateful for it Yes we are blessed to be Americans where we can be the individuals we want to be All right let me ask you You're heading off to the final four What do you think Well you got Hall of Fame coaches You've got you couldn't have written a better script for my sister to get to this last final four And for North Carolina and duke to be facing off they've never played each other mark in the NCAA tournament I mean he's played against them how many times in his career And it's you know it's like a 50 50 battle And this one's probably the biggest one of all of them in the semifinal game And then on the other side you've got Kansas and Villanova Bill self and Jay Wright I mean it's the cream of the crop It has risen and these are the blue blood programs and it's.
Auburn Head Coach Bruce Pearl's Reaction to Ukraine Situation
"This week the Jewish people are celebrating the festival of porn And poor him is a celebration of what Queen Esther did Queen Esther was with the king of Persia and the palace and she was Jewish And Heyman was a very close adviser to that king And he was advising the king that maybe it was time to get rid of all the juice Queen Esther's uncle was more high My Hebrew name is Morgan And I think that my family gave me that name for this reason Once I talked to Esther the queen had said look Esther you might survive this for a little while But you won't survive this He's really going to kill all the Jewish people and your family And he gave us to the courage to try to see if she could turn the king's heart and she did And saved the nation So some of you may be uncomfortable You guys asked the question right You asked the question about Ukraine We say never again I was born in 1960 15 years after they opened up the Gates And they saw 6 million Jews were murdered And 3 million more people And so if Tara Vera and van der veer wants money for three pointers I'll up whatever they're offering I mean I'm all in healthier Ukrainian people survive that And I'm very concerned about what's going on in Iran with the king of Persia now And if we embody that government give them all that money sign a bad treaty It's going to put the world in jeopardy
"bruce pearl" Discussed on The Paul Finebaum Show
"Is different, but in terms of preparation for the tournament and certainly everyone knows what you guys did last year. Is this week more of a simulator, it's so different than choose their Wednesday and Saturday. Does it help you get in the mindset as you get ready for next week? No question. I mean, because you got fans in your hotel lobby. You have a police escort, you know, to come to practice. And we'll obviously have that to go to the game. And the environment of multiple teams in one. So I think it's certainly gets you ready for the NCAA tournament and, you know, our position is how do we position ourselves best from a seating standpoint and then also how do we remain fresh and ready to play once we find out where we're going after selection Sunday. I want to talk about because sometimes you're playing on Sunday. Who knows with a tournament like this? Where you'll be. But that is an amazingly quick turnaround, but you've done it before a couple of times, obviously what you did in Nevada is legendary. So you're watching Sunday after Sunday afternoon early evening and you see your name, you see the opponent. What happens next? Massive preparation. I think what we'll be able to do, Paul's will probably be able to on Saturday night will meet as a staff and we'll probably have like 12 teams. Okay. And one of those 12 for the, since we've made tournaments, we've been what's been one of those 12. So we'll start a little bit of mystery. You have a pretty good feel just based on the different resources that you can look at. But then Sunday as soon as your name is called, we'll let the team go or stay and celebrate, you know, we'll have obviously selection Sunday party. And then about two hours after that, when we know who we're playing, it'll take us about two hours to start our preparation. And we'll just go through the personnel that first night. And then it'll trickle into their sets and defensive schemes and so on and so forth. But we will want our players on Sunday Night to understand the top key players for their opponent that will play in the first game. Obviously you've done it every level from the NDA to college. But is there anything quite like preparing for an NCAA tournament game? Nothing. There really is. I mean, in the NBA playoffs, you know, your first game is almost like a boxing match where it's round one, but you know you still got to get to a bunch more rounds. And so, you know, here it's one and done, man. Like, I told our team, we're only guaranteed two games right now. This game that we're gonna play tomorrow, and then the NCAA first round game, and that's all we're guaranteed, and it's up to us from a productivity standpoint, whether we survive beyond that. Success is interesting, and sometimes people that are successful in a tournament and you obviously have been very successful. You lean on what you've done, but it's a different component. So can you take or do you take from Nevada to last year and try to apply it to what's happening Sunday Night? I'll say the biggest thing, Paul, you're never out of any game. And you know, we learned that being down 20 plus points to Cincinnati with under 9 minutes to go. We were down, I think, 13 points to Texas with under 6 minutes to go. And then our last regular season game this year at Arkansas that we're playing at Tennessee. You know, we're down 22 at one point in the first half when we come back and gave ourselves an opportunity to win the game. And I think that's the biggest thing that we continually talk to our team about is you're never out of a game and a game's never over till the final buzzer. And so we've got to have great belief regardless because you're going to go through a scoring drought. How much can your defense carry you? Yeah, and we saw that today in the first game, Florida, down 14, 15, nearly won the game. As you think about bigger picture, your tenure, there is just so much enthusiasm and so much excitement. And I've had this conversation with you and you like to let it marinate, but you don't let it sit there very long. I mean, you've got to have a great feeling about this Odyssey so far. I mean, I know we're in the middle of the we're about to be in the middle of the NCAA tournament. We've got we're in the middle of the SEC, but you stop and think, this has been quite a run. No, it's been a blast. I mean, it really has. I mean, we celebrate our wins. Losses we don't handle really well as a group. But you know what? Our team has taken on a personality that the whole group has. You know, and it's a competitive group. But it's also a group that plays with joy. Hopefully we practice with joy. But it's been awesome. I mean, bud Walton arena to know what's happened, you know, in three years has been really fun and exciting. In the entire state, Paul is really fired up right now, not just for basketball. I mean, you go to a baseball game with coach van horn's team. It's packed coach Pittman's got it rolling in football. So it's really a fun campus to be a part of right now. And I'm glad to see it because I think a lot of people, there were dark years in basketball in terms of success and then your predecessor. I think brought it back to a level of getting close. And my memory is all of those Eddie Sutton years, no one Richardson, I mean, there wasn't a better place in the country to go to a basketball game than Fayetteville Arkansas. There's no doubt I think, you know, that's the intriguing part when the job opened is to think about what coach Richardson did to think about what coach Sutton did knowing what bud Walton could be if in fact you win, you know, there's going to that building is going to generate excitement if you win. And it's unlike most jobs because it's the show in the state. And yeah, I remember even my dad coaching at the university of Minnesota. There's still, you know, not just the gophers, but then you got the Timberwolves and you got, you know, the twins and the Vikings. And so it's a unique situation being the state protein, basically, for all sports. It's not unusual, we see it a lot, sons of coaches. And I've covered some. They can be very difficult stories because they just don't always work out. And in your case, it has. And I know your.
"bruce pearl" Discussed on The Paul Finebaum Show
"No, thanks for having me. Paul, I appreciate it. We're just going old school here are some old memories and it is I mean, I was about to ask you, what can you do for an encore after last year? But you're working on it. We're trying, we're excited about playing tomorrow, obviously, the way that LSU's playing right now. It looks like that would be our opponent based on the first half play and they're really talented. We played them twice Paul and obviously to play a team a third time is a difficult thing to do. But our guys have had two good days of practice and I hope we're ready to play. When you're sitting there watching this game and I know you'll go back and you're prepared for I mean you've been playing LSU since you got to Arkansas. You've seen them already a couple of times. Are you looking for something else that you haven't seen? What are you looking for? You know, I think every time you see a team play, you're going to find some nuance, whether it's personnel, whether it's a play that you might want to run, maybe Missouri runs something that you think looks good or is in the same family of one of your play patterns. And you can try to exploit something. So I think any time you can see a team, that's why so many coaches are addicted to film and watching Phil over and over and over to the point of nausea, but you always want to try to find something extra to give yourself an advantage. So when you get done with this game, something tells me the word film is going to be mentioned again. You'll go back and what will you look at, what will you do then? We'll go back and meet with our team. So our team is watching the game right now. They'll probably leave some time here right around halftime. Maybe midpoint in the second half, get a snack, and then when I get back, we'll watch film. And really, Paul, we only do film for like 6 minute segments because we want it to be fresh. I'd rather have several film segments than like a 30 minute segment. I think it grabs your player's attention a little bit more when they know, hey, we're going to get the bullet points and then get out of here. Everything is different, but in terms of preparation for the tournament and certainly everyone knows what you guys did last year. Is this week more.
"bruce pearl" Discussed on The Paul Finebaum Show
"In very effectively coach. But you win the conference last week, you have to change gears. You know this week is important, perhaps more and more than anything for seating. Is it different when you practice today as you just got through doing versus a normal week? I mean, do you feel it? I mean, obviously it is march, as you said, the stakes are much higher. The absolute, this takes are higher. I've been in both situations called when we won the regular season and we're trying to win the postseason as well. And try to be selfish and not share it with anybody. But I've been on the other side too where, you know, a couple of years ago in 2019, we're a 5 speed. And we won the SEC tournament to claim a piece of that championship and it propelled us that year to the final four. I definitely think there is, I want to call it motivation, but there's a sense of urgency when you've worked really hard all year long. And you don't have a piece of any kind of a championship and you want it so badly. And you've earned it. You know, so much. We have four seeds, top four seeds, all this year, Arkansas, Kentucky, Tennessee, auburn, any one of the four. You know, could have easily won this pip and chip. And so look, lots of play for and we've got all we can handle in this first matchup with Tex a and M as the aggies have won 6 out of the last 7 and 5 straight. They're playing really good right now. Yeah, I wanted to ask you about that because they played in the game of the day. We haven't seen the shit games tonight, of course. But they had to win and you understand that. Being in a desperate mode, you're not in a desperate mode yet. You will be next week. And I think we remember you almost losing the first round of the tournament that the year you went to the final four. So you get it, but what do you think about when you're facing the hungry team when you are feeling pretty good about yourself right now? You know what, here's the deal, Paul. It's all about the matchup, you know, and I know people on the other side think it's just coach talk. It really is matchups matchups matter. And so the way tech a and M and buzz Williams is going to have his team guard us. The way we're going to try to guard them, they've gone to a smaller, very, very athletic lineup. They'll be hard to stay in front of and, you know, we're bigger. And how can we take advantage of that? You know, I think, look, everybody's going to play hard. Everybody's going to play hard. And I sometimes I listen to games, and I listen to the announcers, and I talk about one team wanted more, one team's plan harder, you know, this team came ready to play. And I looked at it and going, you know what? That's not true. It's just not. Looks, one team's playing better once act team's executing better. One team looks like they want it more because they're having success. And, you know, so look, everybody that's gotten to this point. Right now here in the SEC, you know, there are 6 teams that are in and text a and M is probably number 7 right now. With a chance to be at this sitting on the bubble, they might be one of the last four and so look, I want more teams out of the league to be able to get into the NCAA tournament, but at the same time, we are playing to try to see if we can win another championship. And see if we can get a one seat and give all of the best chance to try to win an after championship. When you talk to your team, you're talking about matchups, but they're smart guys. They read all this stuff or does the bracketology come into play when it's obvious what's at stake for you. It's not getting in the tournament. It's trying to be on that first line. I mean, look, they understand the advantages all the way through. But I wanted to focus one at a time. You know, let's take this one right here. The hardest one to win is the first one. And like you said, in 2019, we almost copied by New Mexico state and the Kansas game, the North Carolina and the Kentucky game were actually easier than getting by that first one. I think that that'll be the case here again tomorrow at noon. You know, one really cool thing Paul that's been a great thing for our program has been the auburn family way to fans our traveled. Believe it or not, our fan base has bought more tickets here in Tampa than anybody else. Now, I know you've been around a long time. Can you imagine somebody saying that there's just no way. There's no way they bought more than anybody else, but we have. And our fans have traveled all season long in the middle of they like this team. And so do I. This is been a fun team to coach. And these guys have brought it every night as team and three in the regular season against this league. Man, that's pretty strong. It's really something special. We'll close with this because I know you're in the middle of a lot, but what you just said is so interesting and you know how long I've been around this state and I've covered auburn basketball at the very beginning of my career and just from an standpoint coach calls to this program from auburn fans. I mean, I might even show what I'm listening to because they sound like Kentucky fans in terms of the pride that they're taking and the ownership. So if you never do another thing, you have changed something that I didn't think was possible. Paul, you just paid our fans the greatest compliment that you could pay comparing auburn's basketball fans to Kentucky fans. I'll tell you what, you're gonna get a lot of calls on that one because the Kentucky fans are gonna look, they've done they've not done anything for y'all to compare that auburn group to us, but look, they're having fun. And they're on social media and they're enjoying the rivalry and look, it's good for our league. Paul, you know that, that, you know, when I first got in the league, as Tennessee's coach, it was Billy Donovan, Florida. It was Kentucky. Before John had got there, and then of course it's always going to be Kentucky, but the league is really good when you've got more teens like auburn. That are competitive. Kids can come to places like auburn, get great degrees, compete for championships and they can stay close to home. They don't have to go to adjust the blue Bloods anymore. Coach, I know you got a game in a couple hours. We'll let you get back to work, but thanks for making time for us. Okay, Paul, enjoyed visiting with you. Take care of war eagle. Coach Bruce Paul, joining us from, I think, I think they just finished practice at a high school in the Tampa area. We are live outside of the arena where the evening sessions are about to begin. We will be here again tomorrow. As we continue, our coverage of the SEC basketball tournament live from Tampa. You were listening to the Paul fine bomb Joe podcast. And we're back. We're live in Tampa final 45 minutes from change of our continuing coverage. Day two of the SEC men's basketball tournament. We have a couple of callers from right off the set..
Streaking No. 2 Auburn wins 80-71 over No. 12 Kentucky
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"bruce pearl" Discussed on The Paul Finebaum Show
"Shannon. How are you? Some love him. He's a football God. And some hate him. You Tom Brady, can I say that? But no matter how you feel, you know his name. Tom Brady. Tom Brady papa Brady. But what can we learn from Tom's career about the world and about ourselves? From religion of sports and ESPN+, this is man in the arena. Listen and follow now on Apple podcast Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts. I'm doing fine, Paul. Have you ever seen those video clips for somebody or the light on real quick and all the cockroaches in the room will scatter real fast? Oh, yes. Yeah. So that's what's happened, Paul, see, last Monday night, the lights got thrown on and all the cockroaches scattered. I'm talking about them loudmouth Bama collars. They all scattered and ran. But they're starting to creep back out now, Paul. And the first two to creep out of the bipolar brothers. You got Jim who spent the last few weeks on social media? Absolutely trashing you in the farm bomb show. Talking about what a horrible host you are terrible callers and now all of a sudden he's calling in some of your good-looking man and how he's the best caller and he's glad to be back. And in the meantime, every time he opens his mouth about his athletic career last falls out. And then he got bucket mouth Gary who wants to call in the legend. You know, the only two hats that him and Jim wear there's the same but don't have. You know, there's a difference between being an optimistic sand Paul and just being an obnoxious horse's ass. And that's exactly what that Joker is. And the only thing you want to talk about a punk move, me being an optimistic last week was a punk move. I talked to the master of the punk move, calling you last week, jumping on you, Carson only threatening on you. And then talking about, I just got a lot going on in my life. The other thing going on his life last week, Paul was he was licking them wounds from running them pie eaters about how that midget was going to get run over by that 5 star quarterback. Being doing image of that game, Paul is stitching been a consoling right young after the game. And O Gary was licking his wound. Do you know Gary, the legend has got inspirational speaker in his Twitter bio? Did you know that Paul? I have not seen that lately now. Yeah, inspirational speaker. You know what? He inspires people to do. He inspires about half your audience to turn the TV off when he comes on. And the other half he inspires the throw up in their own mouths. Hey, look, Gary, it's like a field of turnip down here, so whenever you want to mess come get some. You want to talk about pimp slapping folks, big slack and folks. He's like a seagull, a seagull. He's good for three things, eaten, crapping, and making noise. I don't need permission from him or anybody else to talk truth about Georgia. And the difference between being optimistic and being an arrogant horse's tale is something he won't ever have, class. Class and reform, Paul, that's what it comes down to. But the cockroaches are coming back out. It won't be long before we start hearing from Jerome and Larry from Shelby, and don't you think? We have not heard from either in a week. I'm taking part with the lights have been on for a while. The plaque approaches will start creeping back out. Shannon, thank you very much. What a call. Mike is up next in Kentucky. I don't know what can I say, Paul Shannon took the words right out of my mouth. Role did brother. Congratulations, Georgia too, by the way. Wow. That was a mouthful right there. Manny is in Alabama. Hello man, he good to have you back. Hey, Paul, good to be back. I just want to thank you for the interview earlier with coach Bruce and I think that's probably your best interview of the day. One of your best and a while not thinking of you is all great, but I'm calling in just for a purpose as an educator at the university. I just couldn't hail, but here the theme of the show today and just try to remind a few people and maybe some of our younger viewers of what they think was ancient history, which is that in 63, 59 years ago, the university of Alabama was front and center in the civil rights struggle with stand in the schoolhouse door by George Wallace. And as the same year, the Martin Luther King wrote his famous letter from the Birmingham jail and gave his have a dream speech. So I just want to say that we finally not too long ago on campus, but the monument and a small square in their falls are out of poor to remember that. But while I was first on campus at the university, falls to auditorium was over and down neglected and ignored, the university did not want to have anything to do with that. So with the steps that we took is painful as they are, it took us four hour to recognize it. And I mean, if nothing else on this day, I wish we'd forget the football just for a little bit and understand there's a little bit more going on around us than that. Well, Manny, I'm really glad to hear you say that because that was certainly as important a locale as there has been or there was in the civil rights movement. And we both know, you know more than I do, but I've talked to enough people about what the governor did that day. Yeah, it was for stagecraft, but you could never wash away the image that it gave the university of Alabama and the state of Alabama. You are correct. There's one more piece of history I want to add to that, which was the aftermath for those two students. Now I'm not trying to ignore all three and loosely. She was the first student who actually integrate varsity the midfielder. You know what I thought was sad and we had Sylvester crewman today. And I made this argument at the time. I'm trying to remember what it would have been the 40 of the 30th. I think it was a 30th anniversary, 70. The 40th anniversary of the stands in the schoolhouse store. And just it was such an opportunity miss for the university of Alabama instead they hired the son of a famous coach who was clearly clueless and not ready for crime. Hey, thanks so much, man. We will continue that conversation in the future. Great. It's been this type of a show. I don't know what the Senate rules are when somebody speaks and then the chair allows them to somebody yields time, but we've had a lot of that going on today. And after Shannon's call, we have yielded the remainder of the time of about two minutes to the senator from Alabama legend. I'm like a damn good politician Paul. A damn good one, brother. I appreciate you, let me respond to the dumb ass from Georgia. You know what, George is, Paul, there's a Democratic Party. Nancy Pelosi. That's what you are, George aboard dogs. Nancy Pelosi. Chuck Schumer. Y'all to take the whole state and move it out towards California and go out there. We're in Republican and Alabama baby. That's right. That's who you are, Georgia board out. That's who you are, Shannon. You are Nancy Pelosi. You are a woman in a dress. We have lipstick and a bad hairstyle coming on this show what the challenge for legend. Let me tell you something park, you're in a Colorado buffaloes. That's what you are. The reason you're an optimistic fan is you had no belief in your team. You had no guts and you had no balls. I will meet you and Georgia and I'll have a flashback to my OG days and I'll peel slap you down dude. You better read the transcripts on me brother. You better get new note who de legend is. I know who you are. I know who the Georgia state is. I know who to land a braves are. You are Nancy Pelosi. Move out of south. Let you know. Thank you, legend. And thank you everyone. It's been a memorable day as we have honored MLK day. I was Sylvester croom and Bruce Paul and so many others. We thank you for being a part of the program and yes, we will do it again tomorrow..
"bruce pearl" Discussed on The Paul Finebaum Show
"For the record, that was not sound effects. That was a live flush of the toilet in Tuscaloosa. I think it is, yeah, I believe it is. Big B is up next. Big B are you there? Yes, hello. Great. First time Carlo power appreciate your show. 80% of the time I really appreciate it. No, the 20% of the time when people get talking about this and that one a little bit below a great top offer. You like to show more than I do. Oh, well. Sorry for you. But anyway, I've got two questions for you and I got one comment. If I can get it done real quick, I'll try not to pull anybody. You can get it on real quick any time you want. The first time is about the player of vampire. As far as I know, when I was in high school, of course, I think 8 year old and back then, it was a team forward. And called back into a whole lot when you have office of land, so called and so on. Yeah. And I just wonder if someone knows that they own a change that kind of space, even though a solid player was getting a big money and gas it on the front lines every day, this provided him the ability to make that money, it shouldn't be somewhere tame, not equally, but maybe I'm with you a 100% except for this reason the NIL is designed for individuals. It's how it's how they're getting away with it, that it's an individual can make money off of his name image and likeness. If you make it a team event, it's going to be disqualified. Thank you for the call. Heading to a break, we still have a few minutes remaining here on this Monday night. You are listening to the Paul finebaum show podcast. I Shannon is up next. Good afternoon.
"bruce pearl" Discussed on The Paul Finebaum Show
"New podcast, getting better, stories of mental health on iHeart, Apple podcasts and Spotify. We are back here on a Monday night celebrating Martin Luther King day and augie is up next. Good afternoon. Thank you good afternoon, Paul. Every time I see Bruce pearl, he reminds me of somebody. And I don't know if you remember this or not, but he used to do the men's warehouse commercials. He kind of liked the way you look. The first started the company. He not only isn't that his name? I don't know. I don't know the guy's name. But Bruce pearl, every time I saw that commercial, I thought it Bruce pearl. Even sounds like him. So maybe Bruce will lead to some apologies to George Kaufman. His name is Jordan. His name is George Zimmer, right. By the way, George coffin is texting me right now. What are you dragging me into? Well, I'm surprised that John's daughter's not texting you right now. Because the poor girl has never talked to you on the show, yet she was disparaged up and down today. I've never, by the way, I like her very much. And Jim, Jim trash, John's young daughter who gives him reports on this show every day. Yeah, and I love her. Not because she has good things to say about me, because she seems like a very intelligent analytical person, I'm not saying that I believe all of her analysis is a 100%, which I do, but to sit there and to call her some very ugly names. That is not very Christian like from there are people out there who claim to be great Christians and yet through and I'm just talking about people in general. I'm not naming anybody. But that was a very ugly, I thought. And you know, Paul, does the great Walter mitty this does that somehow come up in your head every now and then when you hear certain things? Yes. I mean, there's a lot of Walter midi out there, I think in all of us, but today he was Walter midi spirit was all over the place. And I have to really commend Billy. He was one of the first callers you had. Remember, he was the eastern professor who gave an unsolicited Billy from Philly. Yeah, Billy from Philly. He I got to tell, is he still listening, Billy? You've made me feel more comfortable with my LSU degree than I did before you called. Because I did feel. I mean, by the way, I don't think I know where he teaches because he has written me before. It's an Ivy League school. Wow, not Dartmouth. No. Okay, okay. I've got some friends who are Dartmouth grads. The original mean green. But Paul had I studied harder in school, I could have been in the Supreme Court. There is no doubt about it. I just didn't study hard enough. So I just want you to know that you're talking to somebody. I think about my own education and what if I could have what if I had done something some things differently? I could have been what? Well, Paul, look at it this way. Somehow people back into success in life. And I think you've told us that over and over that you worked hard, but this was never a plan of yours to be as successful as wide known as you are. Widely known as you are. And there are people out there who probably worked harder than not to say that I'm anybody because I'm not. But maybe there are people that worked harder than you and they didn't make it. So maybe there is something to say about the best quarterback that ever was never played in the NFL. By the way, I got one thing to say. You're going to like the way you look. I guarantee it. Thanks, Paul. Thank you. We really have a good time tonight. Squirrel is up next. Man, it's quite an honor to be talking to a member of the black hat crew. Yes. Thank you for taking my call. What a difference a week ago. I was just facing the face that you're still in my thunder, man. I mean, that was such a better call of such a better legend called than last week when he founded so whiny and pathetic and so needy and everything. So he just destroyed my whole east coast gangster persona that I had of him. But you know what I like most about legends calls so Paul's is how he talks about itself in the third person. You ever notice that? Frigging right. He says the legend is so cool, man. I wish I was actually that's east coast. I'm sorry, not worse. That's a problem. I know my coach, come on, don't do this. I don't need an education. I missed that on all the east coast of West Coast bank. But and speaking of Forrest grump, I mean, I think John's calls were delightful and I know his daughters never called him, but I wish he would. I mean, I think it should be a great addition to the show. And it won't be the first time Jim attacked a woman today wasn't me the first time if you recall. So when we no surprise there no, no. Well, see squirrel. You're putting me in a difficult position right now, because why do you let this call in? Why do you let collars like me and I'm in and like other people call in about him? You know you're supposed to be defending him Paul. Him and legend, but I used to be gullible. I literally used to believe all these great stories that Jimmy's tell about being an athlete. But after he lied in December about that phone call he might tell me about what he said, which was no big deal anyway. I mean, he called me that same coast word on the show, so I don't know why he denied it on the air and decided to quit for a month. But ever since he lied that time now, I think everything he's saying is a lot. So I don't believe he was a great baseball player. I just want to go on the record today. I don't know. I'm so torn by all this. If he was that good, Paul, there'd be a baseball card with Jim's picture. There'd be some records..
"bruce pearl" Discussed on The Paul Finebaum Show
"Down three and a half time. That tells you how competitive our league is. Coach before you go, we have spent a considerable amount of time as really the whole country if not the world talking about this holiday national holiday honoring doctor Martin Luther King Jr. and I know you're someone who always talks to your players and the people around your program about moments in history and people who mattered. Paul, thank you so much for the opportunity. I'm grateful. I want to just read you something because I've got my practice no Serena to the team. In 1963, in a Birmingham jail cell, Martin Martin Luther King wrote, and justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inexplicable and inescapable network of mutuality tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly affects all indirectly. And so Paul, you know, you and I have studied our heritage and studied the Holocaust and we bring out the fact that, you know, anti semitism, it doesn't affect just the Jewish people affect everybody. Racism doesn't just affect black folks. It affects everybody. And when there is an injustice, what it's wrong, call it out. Don't be quiet, don't be silent. Correct it, because you're next. And doctor king knew that. And man, this country is so much better off. Was shaped because of his leadership. And because there were enough people that followed his leadership. And so I'm grateful that we continue to have this day and continue honor. His legacy, by the way, we love each other. Tolerate each other and make this a better place. He was all about that. Great words coming from doctor king many years ago and from Bruce pearl here today, coach. Thank you for making time. It's always great to see you in the best wishes this week and the rest of the season. Okay, Paul, thank you. Thank you very much. Bruce Paul coming to us from auburn, where he offered an opinion that we should be number one, but that's for later in the season. We are heading to a break. Thanks all of you for being a part of the program. We still have a ways to go. And we are.
"bruce pearl" Discussed on The Paul Finebaum Show
"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.
Jalen Green Is a Lock to Go in the Top Four
"We turn our attention to another consensus top five. Pick former or five star prospect. Jalen green he was actually ranked second in the class of two thousand twenty. Twenty two twenty four seven sports. He's a six foot six hundred seventy eight pound nineteen year old guard from california who skipped college to play for the g. league night price of five hundred thousand dollars. He averaged seventeen point. Nine point four point one rebounds and two point eight assists in thirty two minutes per game shop forty six point one percent from field on thirteen point six tips per game. He shot thirty six point. Five percent from three on five point seven tenths per game. He was the team's leading score in best three point shooter. I've seen him as high as third in some drafts. I haven't gone forth behind k. cunningham. Jalen son evan. What more can you tell us well. Yeah he's shot. Fifty five percent from two thirty six point. Thirty six percent from three point range and sixteen games at that g. league ignite level. He does have you know yes. What more can i tell you for. Most people listening there is the allure somewhat of the unknown here. I mean only the diehard diehard nba draft have been keeping consistent tabs on jalen green whereas if he had gone to college he would quite clearly be known commodity. He would most certainly play for bruce. Pearl at auburn. Had onto college. And that would. Certainly things would have gone different. I think for the tigers last season if that had been the case green himself by the way tweeted back in may he tweeted and then subsequently deleted. Because this isn't exactly the greatest endorsement for the daily. He said i know for a fact. If i would have gone to college it would have been a different talk about. Who's going number one. He might well be right. But that's the that's the that's the status of the g. league ignite program at this point and that's to be expected by the way. But hey listen you're not gonna go number one because you didn't go to college but he got paid five hundred thousand dollars and you're going to go second third or fourth and i think that's a trade off the quite clearly jalen is comfortable with
College Basketballs Uncertain Return to the Court
"I on thursday. Tupper beat six rate. Kansas ninety awesome performance and then on friday afternoon mark to the gonzaga coach. Confirm that the zags beat auburn on friday morning. Nine hundred sixty seven after a player believed to be julian straw. They're tested positive for covid. Nineteen so norlander. We're gonna get into next credible opening week on the court second. But let's start here where you surprise in an auburn still played on friday after a gonzaga player test positive. I was surprised because my opinion is that if other teams and i'm not saying all other teams but many other teams were in that situation. The game would not have been played in my opinion. If gonzaga ran into the issues it ran into and it was playing in belleville. gonzaga would not have played. It's game on friday. Gonzaga might not have even played a game against kansas or fill in the other opponent again. If you put it in. And i'm i'm speaking from what i'm seeing here and the protocols and everything that goes into place to even holding this in the state of connecticut okay. Gonzaga had a member of its travel party test positive on thursday gonzaga took two different planes to the event specific and has taken two different buses. It's it's doing specifically to guard against this. But obviously there is no full on guarding against this so we played kansas. And we'll get but then you know at least one player as positive another believed to be The players roommate is kept out as a precautionary reason. And the game goes off because and you can speak to a gp. Frankly we'll we'll get to virginia san francisco the minute but i was i was. I was watching that game. So i didn't hear fuse press conference. I've seen some of what he said. They're the relying on the florida health officials as being the ones that were to clear it and the health officials down there made that determination and it might wind up that that determination is going to be okay in the end. But i've received four text messages from coaches to heads to assistance. All of them basically asking why in the hell is gonzaga in auburn. Being allowed to play right now one of them saying if this was us there is no shot in hell that we would have been able to play and so this this is certainly captured. A little bit of attention around the college basketball world understandably so gonzaga's looked awesome. But you can make an easy argument that it that it should not have a have played the game. What are your thoughts. And then what can you share for the listeners. That might not have seen a about what few said in his postgame. Zoom press conference. Okay so mark was clearly asked about it and he said he kept it very simple. He's did we followed turns guidelines not we tournament guidelines were were in place and established. We had this positive test. And then we follow the guidelines and then the florida health officials came in and they contact tracing how they contact tracing. They told us we were okay. We were cleared to play and we play. He kept it. He didn't really expand anymore than that but listen. They didn't do anything illegal. They possibly did something irresponsible but didn't do anything illegal. They didn't act in defiance of the tournament or florida. Health officials noted that florida as a state hasn't taken covid nineteen that seriously to begin with. So what florida. Health officials were okay. Where quite clearly would be the same thing that said california. Health officials are okay. Wis lucky if they wanted to play the game. They're lucky they were in florida as opposed to to somewhere else. And you're exactly right. It's bubble ville or in south dakota. I don't believe this game would have been played. Wichita state got sent home from south dakota because they had maybe a couple of people in the travel and party test positive. They were like okay. Get outta here. You're not playing today. you're not playing tomorrow. you're not playing it off. So i don't know that this game would have been played if it were a tournament. Where you're at or in south dakota but because this was sort of a thing they put together in fort myers as long. Auburn was cool to play and gonzaga wanted to play. they were allowed to pluck. I though was surprised that the game went off. Because i mean we've seen baseball teams. Get shut down over one positive test during the major league baseball season the world series if it would have if the dodgers did not win the game justin turner had to be removed because they got a positive test back of the game so they take justin turner around. They complete that game. The understanding was that game. Seven of the world series would not have been the following night. They would not have played until everybody can test test test for a few days and they make sure it's safe to play and so yes. I was surprised that they played the game. And hopefully nothing comes from it that it doesn't end up being a quote unquote superspreader of it. Because if we an outbreak now at gonzaga because by the way gonzaga tweet video from the locker room after the victory over kansas and they're all celebrating no mask jewish authors in front of mark. Few right in the middle of the celebration. He is believed to be the one who test positive. So hopefully nothing comes of this but if we have a subsequent outbreak at gonzaga or subsequent at auburn gonzaga is going to become the biggest story in college basketball. And it's not going to be a sports story anymore. It won't be because jalen suggs looks. Incredible it'll be because they knew they positive test in their locker room and they played less than twenty four hours putting their players at risk and the auburn players at risk. I hope it doesn't come to that. But if it comes to that this becomes a bigger story than just to college basketball story. It becomes something that's on. Cbs evening news. Yeah we'll wait and see if that does happen. I mean auburn's gotta be you know held equally responsible and all of this because it opted to play the game regardless you know there was no self imposed penalty here. Handed down by bruce pearl. That was not in play on friday and so inherently like. You know the chances. Go up that you're going to potentially be infected. We don't know but it's clearly out there. I mean there are. There are no shortage of schools and athletic directors coaches. Just straight up would not play the game. So we'll wait arizona. State would not play baylor because the baylor coach tested positive. Not even a player who was who was gonna who was on the court with other players twenty four hours earlier right and that came from that even came from above. Bobby's hurley's bobby hurley's had which is the case in a lot of these instances but frankly what gonzaga auburn decided to do it. Just flies in the face of convention in college sports in professional sports that we've seen and we'll will you know we're recording this on friday afternoon. We'll wait and see what's going to happen here. Gonzaga's got some high profile games ahead and we're really enough one of them's blade baylor like if there's if there's one team that's actually going to be good with this like it's baylor. They might just play the game regardless. But we'll wait and see if either of these teams are now forced because if it gets another positive one after that like they have no choice. They're going to have to shut down for two weeks and then ask themselves if playing against auburn was really worth it you know. Was it worth it. Because now you're gonna lose these other games
NCAA reportedly considering releasing March Madness bracket
"Less than twenty four hours ago there was a reports via CBS sports bags the NC double a what is considering still releasing the sixty eight team brackets in order to perhaps as you heard Bruce pearl talk about in the update there for Phil you know the dream of some kids just hearing their team being announced as part of the of the NC double a tournament and you heard Bruce pearl make a compelling argument as to why he thought it was a good idea perhaps in these in this crazy time that we're living in Brian Hanley perhaps give us some sense of normalcy to people right now when they're looking for anything
Cleveland Cleveland, Zairean Williamson And Duke Zion Williamson discussed on The Stephen A. Smith Show
"That could possibly happen Zion. Williamson that Duke who struggled in a win overall orbit yesterday, by the way, Bruce Pearl. I think I just think that Bruce Pearl coach. And I think yesterday was the latest example of him doing that let me say this, you know. When I think of Duke Zion Williamson day Barrett is clearly the best player on duke's team. But Zahn Williamson as a monster. Six seven forty six inch vertical. Leap two hundred eighty pounds built like a chisel brick house is something special to behold, his boy handling skills. Still suspect to me he can pass. He definitely can jump out of the gym. Let's see what he can do whether or not he could shoot or something like that. Here's what I will tell you. That I have a concern about. I don't want. This man in Cleveland Cleveland is clearly trying to lose games. Cleveland clearly has no intention of winning basketball. You wanna call it? Take say is not taking or whatever fine. But I'm telling you, they wanna know damn basketball games. I don't even believe Kevin love is that hurt. I think they'd listen Kevin Lada y play you want to build a franchise going forward. If you the Cleveland Cavaliers, why would you play Kevin love? If you're smart, you should trade him other just should do Sunday started UCLA from the areas. But whatever you do don't wish Zion where it's an end of the Cleveland because ladies and gentlemen, it's not about as as not the fact that he's great and gifting and all that stuff. Of course, you want that from a number one overall pick. But if he ends up in Cleveland understand the magnitude of it all the real problem lies in the fact that he is the one person drawing comparisons to LeBron because of his physical prowess. He's so much bigger and stronger than everybody he's going against if he would have come out in a draft. And they drafted him in Cleveland. They would expect him to be LeBron. And I think that's a recipe for disaster for him. I think the best thing that can happen with Zairean Williamson is that he ends up anywhere, but Cleveland because anywhere else you'll just be a great talent. But in Cleveland, they'll be looking for you to be LeBron. And I don't think that's something that works for him. I really really don't it. Eight say ESPN, it's inundate seven to ninety seven. That's the other thing. I wanted to mention this ladies
Clarence Fountain, a founder of Blind Boys of Alabama, dies
"This is elizabeth kramer with the yellowhammer news radio network authorities say a man who disappeared in alabama more than seven months ago has still not been found lawrence county sheriff gene mitchell tells news outlets that forty seven year old stephen patrick white has been missing since october twenty seventh mitchell says white was last seen walking away from his home in town creek the sheriff says that investigators family members volunteers and a dozen dogs searched the fields and woods sunday near whites home he says the search was the third of its kind for white and they will continue to investigate his disappearance a founding member of the grammy winning gospel group the blind boys of alabama has died manager charles streep says clarence fountain who was eighty eight died sunday in a hospital in baton rouge louisiana his funeral will be tuesday fountain and friends started there i seen group at the alabama institute for the negro deaf and blind after leaving the school in nineteen forty four the group went on to win four grammy awards a grammy lifetime achievement award into national heritage fellowship auburn university has given its basketball coach bruce pearl a five year contract extension after the program's best season in years pearl led the tigers to a share their first sec conference regular season title since nineteen ninety nine despite having to top players in eligible the extension announced monday runs through the twenty twenty two and twenty two twenty three season pearl is sent to make two point six million dollars this year with a one hundred thousand dollar annual.
Is Collin Sexton (or someone else) this year's Kemba Walker?
"Let's great question i think tennessee tennessee will make it i love the way they play the alabama alabamian amendment haunt here about alabama because i just love when they're on the way they play basketball and and collins sexton i mean we're talking about a guy i mean we everyone makes a big deal about trae young but we're talking about a guy calling sexton who could be the best point guard in in in the turnament we've seen him in recent games as take over with that confidence and he's the kind of guy he of the minds of kemba walker type who of course one of these crazy fun tournament runs in previous years i don't know i don't know bama makes it to the sweet sixteen though we didn't see much of auburn they only hung around saint louis for forty minutes actually twenty minutes they didn't they didn't bother showing up for the second half against alabama bubba what are your thoughts on bruce pearl's team which at times this year was on the one line and and started to slip a little bit and now so is is mired in its worst slump of the year not a good time to be in a slump of course you're absolutely right i think the one big about pearl is he has a fascinating fellow but he has if they if i may the skins on the walls they say he's he's done it before and the term but he's he's won some games i like bruce pearl the coach i don't i don't know about bruce pearl the overall the overall product if you will but i i've i've sense that he's gonna take this town fifteen and turn them into one that can win at least one maybe two games in this tournament in hochman joining us from the saint louis post dispatch ben who's great to be in your town we enjoyed it thank you and we hope to talk to you against him i hope he ate well and saying well it's impossible not too bad thanks i really had a great time there a i've said this a couple of times last week but i grew up spent a lot of time in st louis and it's an extraordinary city it's just the heart of america and we had a wonderful time there during the sec basketball tournament we will take.