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Pac-12 Networks coverage of the 2014 college football season will once again feature a bevy of veteran broadcasters and notable Pac-12 standouts to give fans more expert analysis and high-quality coverage across both live game and studio shows.

Former Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti, who served as a guest analyst on the Networks’ 2014 spring football coverage, will begin his first full season as a studio analyst. He will contribute to Pac-12 Football Weekly, plus pregame, halftime and postgame shows, joining Rick NeuheiselRonnie LottCurtis Conway,Jake Plummer, Glenn ParkerYogi Roth and Anthony Herron to round out the Networks’ analyst lineup for its third season of live football coverage.

Known for his defensive expertise, Aliotti retired from his position as defensive coordinator for the Oregon Ducks following the 2013-14 season, completing a 36-year coaching career that spanned both the collegiate and professional levels. Under his watch, the Ducks consistently boasted one of the most productive defensive units in the Pac-12 year over year, finishing first in pass defense and second in scoring defense last season. Over his 22-year coaching career in Eugene, Aliotti mentored 32 defensive players who have gone on to play in the NFL, including 2013 first-round pick Dion Jordan and five-time All-Pro Haloti Ngata.

Pac-12 Networks’ 35 live game telecasts will be voiced by a team of veteran broadcasters including Ted RobinsonKevin Calabro, Roxy Bernstein and JB Long. The game analyst team also includes Parker, Roth and Herron lending their expertise in the booth, while Ashley AdamsonJill Savage and Drea Avent provide reports from the sidelines.

A one-hour Pac-12 Football Pregame Show, hosted by Mike Yam with Neuheisel, Conway and a rotation analysts each week from San Francisco sets the stage on game day. The group returns for halftime and postgame shows, providing highlights, recaps and analysis of all the action around the college football landscape.

Pac-12 Networks will cover 13 live football games in the first three weeks of the 2014 season, with 10 of the 12 Conference teams showcased. The football announcing teams and confirmed game assignments for those contests are as follows:

WEEK 1

August 28  Idaho State at Utah  4:30 p.m. PT

Kevin Calabro – play-by-play

Glenn Parker – analyst

Jill Savage – sideline

August 28  Weber State at Arizona State  7:30 p.m. PT

Roxy Bernstein – play-by-play

Yogi Roth – analyst

Ashley Adamson – sideline

August 30  UC Davis at Stanford  1:00 p.m. PT

Roxy Bernstein – play-by-play

Yogi Roth – analyst

Ashley Adamson – sideline

August 30  Portland State at Oregon State  1:00 p.m. PT

JB Long – play-by-play

Anthony Herron – analyst

Drea Avent – sideline

August 30  South Dakota at Oregon  7:30 p.m. PT

Kevin Calabro – play-by-play

Glenn Parker – analyst

Jill Savage – sideline

WEEK 2

September 6  E. Washington at Washington  Noon PT

Roxy Bernstein – play-by-play

Anthony Herron – analyst

Drea Avent – sideline

September 6  Fresno State at Utah  Noon PT

Kevin Calabro – play-by-play

Yogi Roth – analyst

TBD – sideline

September 6  Sacramento State at California  Noon PT

JB Long – play-by-play

TBD – analyst

Ashley Adamson – sideline

September 6  Memphis at UCLA  7:00 p.m. PT

Ted Robinson – play-by-play

Glenn Parker – analyst

Jill Savage – sideline

WEEK 3

September 13  Wyoming at Oregon  11:00 a.m. PT

Ted Robinson – play-by-play

Glenn Parker – analyst

Jill Savage – sideline

September 13  Army at Stanford  2:00 p.m. PT

Roxy Bernstein – play-by-play

Anthony Herron – analyst

Ashley Adamson – sideline

September 13  Portland State at Washington State  5:00 p.m. PT

JB Long – play-by-play

TBD – analyst

Drea Avent – sideline

September 13  Nevada at Arizona  8:00 p.m. PT

Kevin Calabro – play-by-play

Yogi Roth – analyst

TBD – sideline

For more information on the Pac-12 click here.

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Pat McAfee: Sean McVay Isn’t Ready For A Broadcasting Career

“I think the reason why the narrative was able to build so much was because we saw Tony Romo make $17 million. We saw Troy Aikman make $17.5 million.”

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Sean McVay was among those rumored to be potentially on the move to the broadcast booth this offseason, but ultimately the head coach of the Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams decided to stay put. He was reportedly offered a mega-contract from Amazon to join the Thursday Night Football crew.

It appears McVay has a future in TV, but he’s made it clear he wants to remain a coach for the time being.

Pat McAfee on Monday told co-host A.J. Hawk that thinking about a future that doesn’t involve coaching in the NFL isn’t how McVay is wired.

“That’s how football people are. That’s literally how coaches are,” McAfee said. “It is just, we are either preparing for football season or we’re in football season. And when we’re not in football season, they’re wishing they were in football season so they’re acting like they’re in football season by watching more film, being more dialed in.”

McAfee also said the recent shuffling of broadcast crews, and the paydays associated with those moves, is what really turned up the heat on McVay speculation.

“I think the reason why the narrative was able to build so much was because we saw Tony Romo make $17 million. We saw Troy Aikman make $17.5 million.”

Pat also made it very clear that whenever McVay decides to make it to the booth, he’s likely going to be a star.

“I do believe a lot of us think to ourselves, I can’t wait for that guy to get in f–king TV though,” he said. “He’s going to be amazing on the microphone I think, A.J.”

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T-Bob Hebert and Jacob Hester: Drew Brees Chatter Began With His Tweet About Saints

“They’ve had to know a life without Drew as the quarterback. They’ve had to have leaders step up that weren’t Drew Brees certainly on the offensive side of the football.”

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There have been rumors about what’s next for former New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, but nothing has been set in stone. He took to Twitter over the weekend to dispute a report that he is out at NBC and make it clear he’s still weighing his options.

Brees feeling like he still has a fire to play in the NFL got the attention of T-Bob Hebert and Jacob Hester on 104.5 ESPN in Baton Rouge. Hebert on Monday said Brees expressing interest in coming back throws a wrench in all the planning the Saints have done to hand over the reins to Jameis Winston.

“It almost feels unreal where it’s this deal where it’s like, OK you had finally moved on, you made peace with it, it was all good, it is what it is, you’re ready to roll with your new guy,” he said. “And right when you think you’ve finally moved on, that text comes in and cracks open that door. But you’re happy, right? But can you say no to him?”

Hester noted that it was a Tweet from Brees expressing the desire to return to New Orleans that began the conversations and speculation about his future in broadcasting. However, he thinks it may be too late for Drew Brees to walk back into the Superdome and be greeted with open arms.

“If this was last year, and he had just retired and maybe had the itch to come back, maybe he could have that feeling. But he also has to understand that the team has had to move on,” he said. “They’ve had to know a life without Drew as the quarterback. They’ve had to have leaders step up that weren’t Drew Brees certainly on the offensive side of the football.”

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Jeff Rickard Named Program Director of WFNZ in Charlotte

“After our first conversation I knew Jeff was the one to take us to the next level.”

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Jeff Rickard is headed to Charlotte. The sports radio veteran has been named the new program director of WFNZ, one of the Southeast’s premier sports radio brands.

Rickard replaces Terry Foxx who announced in February that he was leaving Charlotte to take over KUT in Austin. 

“We are committed to making sports radio even bigger in Charlotte, adding the 92.7 FM signal in March was just the beginning of that commitment,” Marsha Landess, Regional Vice President of Radio One, said in a press release. “Having a successful veteran like Jeff Rickard join our team will help take us to the level that a passionate sports city like Charlotte deserves. Jeff brings to WFNZ extensive sports experience, talent, drive, and a passion for success. He will be a great complement to our incredibly talented local Charlotte on-air team. After our first conversation I knew he was the one to take us to the next level. As the flagship station for the Charlotte Hornets as well as Charlotte FC we are looking forward to an incredibly successful future with Jeff leading the charge.”

Rickard’s resume in sports radio speaks for itself. He was most recently the brand manager at WEEI in Boston, a role he exited in January. Prior to that, he spent six years at 107.5 The Fan in Indianapolis serving as both a weekday host and the station’s program director. He has also worked nationally for ESPN Radio, FOX Sports Radio, and SiriusXM, and spent time during the early part of his career working in Denver and Salt Lake City.

“I had been planning on taking a professional sabbatical this year but after meeting with Marsha Landess and learning more about Radio One, I began to get more excited to get back to work,” shared Rickard. “Radio One as a company, combined with Marsha’s leadership and the potential for WFNZ, was just too appealing to not be a part of. I am extremely grateful to Radio One for this opportunity and can’t wait to start working with the talented staff in Charlotte. My family and I are all in on this situation and can’t wait to get started on this new chapter.”

Not one to waste time diving in, Rickard officially stepped into the Charlotte offices today to meet his new staff.

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