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Now that all the main cable and satellite providers in the Columbia area other than Mediacom are officially on board with the SEC Network, it’s time to move on to a different medium.

When fall rolls around, it’s not only the television outlets that see their sports schedules burst at the seams. Radio stations also roll out a full slate of programming. In Mid-Missouri, that means Zimmer and Cumulus stations are ready to hit us with more than just afternoon sports talk and Major League Baseball.

Zimmer’s KTGR again will be home to the area’s University of Missouri coverage. Matt Michaels has taken over for the departed Will Palaszczuk on almost all fronts for KTGR. In addition to sharing duties on “The Big Show” from 4 to 6 p.m. weekdays with new producer Brandon Kiley, Michaels will host “Tiger GameDay,” airing three hours before the kickoff of each Missouri football game on all KTGR frequencies. “GameDay” will be moved back into the studio from the set outside Memorial Stadium this year, “allowing us to take calls,” Michaels said.

That leads into programming from Learfield Sports’ Mizzou Sports Properties, with Zimmer’s KCMQ/96.7 FM added to KTGR’s 103.1 FM and 1580 AM as the flagship station for “Tiger Tailgate” two hours before kickoff, “Tiger Pregame” an hour before kickoff, the game itself and then “The Wrap-Up Show” postgame. KTGR’s 100.5 FM will provide regular ESPN programming during both MU football and basketball games this year.

Once again, Brad Tregnago will handle “Tiger Tailgate” duties, with analyst Mike Kelly and color man Howard Richards joined by sideline reporter Chris Gervino during the “Tiger Pregame” and game broadcasts and Gary Link and Kurtis Gregory taking over for “The Wrap-Up Show.”

On Mondays during football season, Michaels will break down the previous Saturday’s game and hit on any other MU news from 8 to 9 a.m. on KTGR on “Mizzou Mondays.”

“The exception is Week 1, where we’ll do it on Tuesday, Sept. 2, because of Labor Day,” Michaels added.

And on Monday nights, starting Aug. 25, Mike Kelly will again host MSP’s “Tiger Talk” at 7 on KCMQ and KTGR alongside Coach Gary Pinkel and/or assistants and players live from Buffalo Wild Wings in Columbia.

MSP General Manager Bob Welch added that there’s the possibility of an SEC preview show being added as conference play approaches.

“Once we get through the early part of the schedule, we’ll start eyeballing what the SEC looks like,” Welch said. “Nothing’s confirmed, but it’s something a lot of fans have asked us to do. It’s just a matter of putting it to paper.”

KTGR also will again be bringing Mid-Missouri the Rams — though not in the preseason — and a weekly high school game featuring Rock Bridge, Hickman and/or Battle, beginning with the Bruins’ contest with Rockhurst at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 22.

And Jon Ingram continues to host “The Sports Wire” from 8 to 10 a.m. every Saturday.

Cumulus, meanwhile will deliver plenty of NFL football. In addition to the Chiefs airing on KBBM/100.1 FM, Cumulus will offer games on Sunday afternoons and Sunday, Monday and Thursday nights through Westwood One.

Sunday afternoon doubleheaders will air on KZJF/104.1 FM, while Sunday and Thursday night games will be on 104.1 FM and KFRU/1400 AM. Monday night games will air on 1400 AM and KLIK/1240 AM, and the “Chiefs Kingdom” recap show lands on 104.1 FM at 7:06 p.m. Mondays.

The first broadcast is Packers at Seahawks on Thursday, Sept. 4.

Chris Kellogg, operations manager for Cumulus in Columbia and Jefferson City, added that Cumulus also will feature a national college football game of the week on 104.1 FM and 1400 AM each Saturday during the season. The schedule includes the following games featuring SEC teams: Georgia at South Carolina, Sept. 13; LSU at Auburn, Oct. 4; Texas A&M at Alabama, Oct. 18; and Florida at Florida State, Nov. 29.

Missouri State football games with air on KJMO/97.5 FM in Jefferson City. And on the high school front, Jeff City’s games again will be on 1240 AM.

George Young and Bryan Fulcher continue to co-host “The Closers” weekdays from 4 to 6 p.m. on 104.1 FM and 1400 AM — MU football media days also will be covered on both stations on Mondays — and NASCAR Sprint Cup races are on 1240 AM whenever they are run.

There of course will be much shuffling in the coming months, with Zimmer carrying the Cardinals and Cumulus the Royals, creating a need to shift programming to different stations under each company’s umbrella.

“We’ll move things around as best we can,” Kellogg said. “We’re fully committed to NFL stuff. That takes priority. But it’s a good problem to have.”

For more on this story visit the Columbia Tribune where it was originally published

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Doug Gottlieb, Nick Wright Feud Over College Sports NIL Issues

“Gottlieb caught wind of Wright’s rant and let his disapproval be known.”

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FOX Sports hosts Doug Gottlieb and Nick Wright definitely do not see eye-to-eye when it comes to money going to college athletes.

Despite both being employed by the same company, Gottlieb, who is never afraid to voice his opinion, fired back at Wright Friday regarding his take on college football’s NIL rule in the wake of Alabama head coach Nick Saban’s claiming Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher “brought” his recruits.

On Wright’s morning show, First Things First, the colorful broadcaster had a two minute rant about how he’s happy that schools are finding workarounds under the new NIL rules implemented by the NCAA to pay the players for their name, image and likeness. He said the universities have been taking advantage of college athletes, particularly black student athletes from rough backgrounds, for years and now that the tide has shifted, people are freaking out.

“The general sports public wants extra regulations and extra rules, is keeping their thumbs on college football and basketball players because their is an undeniable and always has been an incredibly uncomfortable racial context of the guys,” Wright said. “It’s mostly young black men from mostly really tough circumstances, generating billions of dollars. Who’s sharing in that?” Wright asked.

“An overwhelmingly white administration, an overwhelmingly white coaching staff, and an overwhelmingly white non-revenue sports. How do we pay for the tennis team and golf team, ah men’s football and basketball. What do they get? A scholarship. Be happy, we pulled you out the hood. Maybe you’ll have a better life if somehow you make the league or do something with your education.”

Gottlieb caught wind of Wright’s rant and let his disapproval be known. That resulted in a back and forth between the two sports personalities on Twitter.

Gottlieb continued, claiming the NIL rule puts exceedingly high expectations on the student-athletes before ever stepping on campus and are given something without having to “earn it.”

“The sad part is this push to pay SAs before they have even played a game, taken a class or assimilated to a school sets them up for failure in their post sports career. If you have been given before you earn, where is the motivation when you get to the real world?”

Wright then took a shot at Gottlieb, saying it always feels good that his take is the complete opposite of Gottlieb’s.

The dialogue continued with Gottlieb throwing shots at Wright, calling his take “embarrassing” and mentioning how he failed to point out the educational imbalance in society during his take. Wright asked Gottlieb what are some of the other “fake racism” takes that he claims are out in the media.

Gottlieb is no stranger to conflict with his FOX Sports colleagues. Troy Aikman called his opinion on Andrew Luck’s retirement “total bullshit” in a tweet from 2019. More recently, Gottlieb got into it with Speak for Yourself co-host Emmanuel Acho after Gottlieb ripped his brother Sam’s “Top 5 QB list” on First Take. He also called out Skip Bayless for name-calling.

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Bob Cousy: ‘JJ Redick Is Untalented Using Me To Get Attention On ESPN’

“People with less talent will always try to make a name for themselves by criticizing other people and hopefully getting some attention and perhaps increasing their credibility,” Cousy said.

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Celtics legend Bob Cousy was not too happy with J.J. Redick dissing his game and credibility as an all-time great player.

During an appearance on First Take, Redick got into a fiery debate with Chris “Mad Dog” Russo about whether Chris Paul deserves to be mentioned among the best point guards in NBA history despite another disappointing exit from the playoffs. Russo claimed that Paul is “no Bob Cousy” which prompted Redick to retort, saying Cousy couldn’t even dribble with his left hand and called the players he played against, “plumbers” and “firemen.”

“Bob Cousy won championships when there were eight teams in the NBA and you had to win two playoff series,” Reddick said. “Let’s celebrate Bob Cousy in his era, but you can’t compare pre-1980 with the modern NBA.”

The 93-old Cousy made an appearance on SiriusXM Radio where he went scorched earth on Redick, basically calling the ESPN analyst “untalented” while listing some of the players that he went up against in his era.

“People with less talent will always try to make a name for themselves by criticizing other people and hopefully getting some attention and perhaps increasing their credibility,” Cousy said.

“So when you respond to something like this, you play into their hands. I won’t do that, but I will defend the firemen and the plumbers that he referenced. And I’ll just give you a few of the names of these firemen that I played with and against during those years. How about Bill Russell, the aforementioned, not too bad a player. Wilt Chamberlain, remember that guy? He wasn’t bad. I guess he must have fought fires as well. But in any event, Wilt Chamberlain.

“Still the best, in my judgment, small forward that ever played the game, a guy named Elgin Baylor. A couple of point guards that weren’t too shabby, my colleague who also had an award created [in his name], guy named Oscar Robertson, who was pound for pound the best player perhaps in the game.”

Chris Paul is a 12-time All-Star compared to Cousy’s 13 appearances.

One thing Paul and Bob Cousy do have in common is their aptitude for leadership. Cousy developed and started the NBA players union in 1954, being named its first president. Paul served in that same role from 2013-2021.

The two men also share similarities off the court. Cousy was a stanch anti-racist advocate during the civil rights era 50s and 60s, when it wasn’t all that popular to so. Paul has also spoke out on issues regarding race, working with commissioner Adam Silver to address some of the issues facing the black community.

Maybe the two have more in common than either Redick or Russo would like to admit.

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Cole Cubelic: ‘A Lot Of Media Wasn’t Prepared To Talk About Nick Saban and Jimbo Fisher’

“There were multiple other messages that were attempted to be delivered by Nick Saban two nights ago that I don’t think anybody paid attention to, and I’m wondering if Jimbo paid attention to them.”

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The comments from Alabama football coach Nick Saban regarding other teams allegedly “buying” their players through the new rules pertaining to name, image and likeness (NIL) deals has set the college football world abuzz.

In his comments, Saban directly accused Texas A&M Head Coach and one of his former assistant coaches at Louisiana State University Jimbo Fisher of unreasonably using NIL deals to recruit college football players, and remarked that the system as a whole has created a fundamental disadvantage for certain programs. Additionally, he stated that Alabama has never tried to lure a player solely based on these deals; however, he left the door open to potentially having to adjust his recruitment strategy to align with the actions of his competitors around him.

Much of the college football world weighed in on the comments, but the voice everyone was waiting to hear was that of Jimbo Fisher, including McElroy and Cubic in the Morning on Jox 94.5 FM in Birmingham, Ala. On Friday morning, the program opened with show co-host Cole Cubelic reacting to the candid response given by Fisher in a news conference carried on multiple media outlets in which Fisher called Saban a “narcissist.”

“When we’ve had coaching feuds before, we’ve had guys go back and forth; we’ve had guys go at one another, sometimes in a little bit more of a subtle way; sometimes maybe a less-confrontational way,” Cubelic said. “Jimbo even said it yesterday – he’s not afraid of confrontation; he’s not worried about it.”

An aspect of what has made this discordance between two highly-accomplished and eminent coaches a story being followed across the college football landscape is the fact that it has taken place within the public sphere. When Saban appeared on SiriusXM Radio and apologized for singling out Texas A&M in his comments from earlier in the week, there was not much emotion involved, according to Cubelic. Fisher’s remarks in his press conference though, were of a completely different sentiment – and may have escalated the situation altogether.

“Debates often turn to arguments as soon as emotions become involved,” Cubelic said. “…Jimbo Fisher yesterday at 10 a.m. – that felt emotional; that felt personal, and that one had to dig deep. Jimbo Fisher said yesterday he doesn’t anticipate things are going to be repaired. I don’t see in a way that these two sort of get things back in line.”

“The bridge is burned both ways,” added show co-host Greg McElroy. “They’ll probably shake hands; do what they need to do pregame. But as far as any love lost? Nah, that’s a wrap.”

A part of this story that remains seminal when reporting or commenting on it is listening to the full extent of the comments from both Saban and Fisher on the situation so as to more effectively contextualize and comprehend the situation. Cubelic said that he did multiple interviews on different programs yesterday, and some of the interviewers, as he anticipated, had solely listened to portions of the comments, rendering them not completely prepared to have a truly pertinent discussion about the topic at hand.

“We said it here on the show yesterday morning — right out of the gate — people are going to take the Miami; the Jackson State; and the Texas A&M stuff, and they’re going to clip it and they’re going to play it and they’re going to read it and that’s all they’re going to pay attention to,” said Cubelic. “There were multiple other messages that were attempted to be delivered by Nick Saban two nights ago that I don’t think anybody paid attention to, and I’m wondering if Jimbo paid attention to them.”

Jimbo Fisher and the Texas A&M Aggies visit Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide on October 8 in a matchup that will sure to be a primary topic of discussion in the weeks and months leading to kickoff.

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