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Gaudin Exits Georgia Tech As The National Stage Awaits

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Brandon Gaudin, is leaving his position as the voice of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. Gaudin has called Georgia Tech football and men’s basketball for the past three seasons, in addition to hosting the coaches’ television and radio shows for each sport. A search for his replacement has begun.

The reason for Gaudin’s departure, he’s been named the new play-by-play voice of Madden NFL for EA SPORTS. He debuts on “Madden NFL 17” which arrives in stores this August. Jim Nantz, had appeared in the video game for the past four seasons alongside Phil Simms. Fox Sports NFL analyst Charles Davis will replace Simms, and work with Gaudin.

Also this fall, Gaudin will join the Big Ten Network as a play-by-play announcer for various football, basketball and baseball broadcasts. He’s also been named the lead college football play-by-play announcer for Westwood One Sports, and will occasionally call NFL games for the network. His position as one of the voices for Westwood One’s coverage of men’s basketball, including conference championship week and the NCAA Tournament, remains unchanged.

“When I uprooted from Indianapolis to move to Atlanta, I certainly didn’t know my stay at Georgia Tech would span just three seasons. I just remember being so excited that I couldn’t get there fast enough,” Gaudin said in a Tech release. “This is an absolutely wonderful job, and I am incredibly fortunate to have held it.”

“While we are certainly excited for Brandon to have such a great opportunity to grow his broadcasting career, we are equally sad to see him leave,” said Mike Bobinski, Georgia Tech’s director of athletics. “Brandon has become an important part of the Georgia Tech family, and was respected and admired by our fans and alumni as the voice of the Yellow Jackets. Beyond his ability in the broadcast booth, his skill as a host and emcee added significantly to the quality of events across our department. While I know our fans listening across the State of Georgia will miss hearing his voice this fall we wish Brandon great success in his new endeavors.”

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Andrew Fillipponi: Peter Burns Made ‘Innocuous Joke’ To Ben Watson

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

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The on-air spat between SEC Network host Peter Burns and analyst Ben Watson continues to be bandied about in sports media circles, with 93.7 The Fan hosts Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller discussing the topic Tuesday.

“I’m on Team Burns,” Fillipponi said.

“Forget who’s team you’re on,” Chris Mueller said. “I think you’ve do have to keep the wives and children out of this.”

“What are you talking about, keep the wives and out of it?!,” Fillipponi asked.

“Do we believe this is work or shoot here?,” Mueller wondered.

“Oh, I think this is real,” Fillpponi added, which Mueller agreed.

“Do you think a close fist from Ben Watson hit Peter Burns?,” Mueller asked.

“No, I think he picked him up by the lapels,” Fillipponi said.

When the subject of Watson’s religion was brought up, Fillipponi then pointed out the absurdity of the situation.

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

“I think he might have a shorter fuse and not taking in humor that Peter Burns was giving out,” Mueller said.

“It was an innocuous joke!,” Fillipponi stated. “It wasn’t a joke! Why is it in bad taste?”

Mueller then added the idea of Watson’s wife texting Burns insinuates there’s an inappropriate relationship.

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Craig Carton: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Analysis ‘An Embarrasment’

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ESPN NFL analyst Booger McFarland raised eyebrows on Monday Night Countdown this week by saying New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has never been held accountable for his actions because he was a “young man who grew up with a lot of money”. WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton called out McFarland’s comments Tuesday as outlandish.

“It was an embarrasment,” Carton said. “Someone should ask Booger McFarland if his kids — who grew up with amazing wealth — have accountability in their lives or if having a little bit of money in your pocket immediately discounts the possibility to have accountability. He’s an idiot and we learned that last night.”

“It’s funny that Steve Young was on the other side of it,” Evan Roberts noted. “Because a long time ago, Steve Young criticized Chris Simms because he’s the son of a famous quarterback.”

“You don’t have to invent reasons for why Zach Wilson isn’t playing well,” added Carton. “Just watch his tape. He’s not playing well. Maybe he’s just not good!”

Carton later said NFL reporters “will try to make a name for themselves by putting out a story” about quarterbacks who take responsibility for their teams failures, while Wilson wouldn’t accept the blame.

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Greg Hill: Ben Watson, Peter Burns Drama Was A Bit

“Be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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Peter Burns and Ben Watson shared an awkward exchange during the halftime show of an SEC Network football game over the weekend, and many are still debating whether Watson walking off the set was serious or not. Count part of the cast of The Greg Hill Show on WEEI as doubters.

“That was a a bit,” Courtney Cox said. “That was absolutely a bit.”

“Yeah, unlike the Chris Rock/Will Smith thing, I assume that was a bit,” Hill said. “I can’t believe that Ben Watson is really angry about that.”

“I dunno, man. There’s been a lot of speculation that it isn’t,” Jermaine Wiggins added. “There are people who are very sensitive about you clowning on them or joking with them. Especially with joking about their wife. Some people can’t handle jokes like that.”

After a back-and-forth with Cox about the legitimacy of the joke, Wiggins concluded by saying for some folks family is off limits.

“I’ve learned something in my 47 years on this Earth: be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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