We have ourselves a good ol’ radio war brewing in the southeast as Kentucky’s Matt Jones and Josh Graham of North Carolina exchange jabs. Regardless of who you agree with, Graham seems to be the winner solely because he has more to gain.
Jones has the bigger platform with his self-made brand, Kentucky Sports Radio. He’s used to battling headlining adversaries like Mitch McConnell, but that won’t stop him from firing back at the Triad radio host.
It started when new Wake Forest basketball coach Steve Forbes, shamed the University of Kentucky’s academics during an appearance on Graham’s Triad radio show The Drive on WSJS The Sports Hub. With Olivier Sarr choosing to transfer to Kentucky for his senior season, Forbes told Graham what he asked the now former Wake Forest center.
“I think the most important thing is, why would you go to Wake for three years, put all that time in for a prestigious degree, and end up getting your degree at a place like Kentucky?” Forbes told Graham of his conversation with Sarr.
Forbes’ comments were discussed nationally on shows such as ESPN’s PTI and Dan Le Batard’s Highly Questionable. Naturally, Kentucky Sports Radio opened their Wednesday show with the topic, garnering a listen from Graham and the Triad radio host didn’t like what he heard. Graham then went on his show and ripped KSR, calling out inaccuracies and poking fun at Jones’ accent
“Control your own damn show, dawg,” Graham said on-air Wednesday evening.
“If you’re going to take shots at Wake Forest, at least come correct…Nobody’s confusing your radio show with Colin Cowherd. Nobody’s confusing your radio show with anything other than some guys hanging together in Kentucky. Some slap-words I can’t say on the radio,” Graham continued. “I think that we could do their radio show better than they could.”
Graham’s advice caught the attention of Jones, who vowed to punch back.
It’s been an interesting first week for the new Wake Forest men’s basketball coach. Beginning with an odd intro video which featured some uncomfortable acting and continuing with a dig at the University of Kentucky. But without much sports to react to right now, credit these two radio hosts for furthering the story and giving us some entertaining content to follow.
Danny Balis Explains Exit From The Ticket in Dallas
“The room for growth for me up here is not going to open up until all you knuckleheads retire.”
After 22 years, Danny Balis is finished as a producer on 96.7/1310 The Ticket in Dallas.
Balis, 54, told The Dallas Morning News the announcement of his departure “was an unusual situation to actually be able to speak on it on air.”
“I’d rather spend this time focusing on peace of mind, quality of life and maybe open the door for somebody else to take that [producer’s] seat,” he said on The Hardline with hosts Corby Davidson and Bob Sturm.
Balis is a musician and business owner in the Metroplex. That’s where he will shift his attention. He told Davidson and Sturm that there were no opportunities for advancement at the station that would warrant him sticking around.
“The room for growth for me up here is not going to open up until all you knuckleheads retire,” he said. “Then by that time, we’re all the same age.”
Bobby Carpenter Tells Grant & Danny How Nick Saban Interview Came Together
“Carpenter’s partner on SiriusXM, Jacob Hester, played his college football at LSU. He was recruited there by Saban, who was head coach of the Tigers from 2000 until 2004 when he left to coach the Miami Dolphins.”
Alabama head football coach Nick Saban and Texas A&M head football coach Jimbo Fisher got the attention of the sports talk world with their comments about each other personally and about the programs they run.
Saban made an appearance on SiriusXM with Jacob Hester and Bobby Carpenter in the aftermath of Fisher’s fiery response, where the Crimson Tide coaching legend tried to set things straight. He wasn’t asked directly about what Fisher said.
Carpenter spoke to Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier on 106.7 The Fan in D.C. on Friday, and said the timing of Saban’s appearance was coincidental.
“It was pre-scheduled before all of that stuff happened,” Carpenter said.
Carpenter’s partner on SiriusXM, Jacob Hester, played his college football at LSU. He was recruited there by Saban, who was head coach of the Tigers from 2000 until 2004 when he left to coach the Miami Dolphins.
Hester, who played just one season for Saban, likely created a level of comfort for the coach that most other national media outlets could not offer.
Bobby Carpenter added that he did want to pressure Saban a little bit about what he had to say about other football coaches using name, image, and likeness deals to lure recruits.
“I don’t think his SID was really keen on him coming on there,” he said. “But I tried to ask some tough but respectful questions through everything.”
Saban in the interview apologized for singling out not only Fisher and A&M, but Deion Sanders and his Jackson State program as well as the University of Miami basketball program. Saban also attempted to contact Jimbo directly, but Fisher has admitted publicly he wasn’t going to take that phone call right now.
SEC Commissioner Forces Lane Kiffin To Cancel Dan Patrick Show Appearance
“Kiffin, despite being a regular guest with Patrick, wasn’t singled out. The conference made all coaches unavailable for media interviews this past Friday.”
Two of the top football coaches in the SEC taking direct shots at one another and their respective programs doesn’t help the conference or the game of football itself.
SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey apparently saw how bad the optics of the situation had become in the aftermath of the war of words between Alabama’s Nick Saban and Texas A&M’s Jimbo Fisher.
Current Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin was due to appear on The Dan Patrick Show last week to chat about the situation. But Sankey apparently got Kiffin’s appearance canceled.
“Lane Kiffin was going to come on, but the commissioner of the SEC asked him not to comment on the Nick Saban, Jimbo Fisher situation,” Patrick said.
Kiffin, despite being a regular guest with Patrick, wasn’t singled out. The conference made all coaches unavailable for media interviews this past Friday.
Kiffin likely could’ve shed some light on what’s been happening in college football regarding name, image, and likeness payments, which Saban complained about. He also likely would have stirred the pot a little more between the feuding coaches, as Kiffin is known to do.