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Paul Finebaum: College Football Will Be ‘Survival Of The Fittest’

“Finebaum also mentioned towards the end of the conversation some potential scheduling changes if Alabama can’t play USC to begin the year in Texas, they could play TCU because the Horned Frogs right now are scheduled to begin the year at California.”

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While all the major sports leagues try to figure out when they are going to come back, college football is in a unique situation compared to the professionals. With different states experiencing different levels of the Coronavirus, it might be tough for all of the programs to start on time, if at all. 

On Tuesday’s episode of Get Up, Paul Finebaum of The Paul Finebaum Show on the SEC Network talked about the return of college football being “the survival of the fittest.” 

This segment was in response to Florida head coach Dan Mullen telling ESPN’s Laura Rutledge “we can’t sit here” and wait on every program to be ready to play. Rutledge mentioned in the conversation between Mike Greenberg, Dan Orlovsky, and Finebaum how the state of Florida soon opening gyms could lead to his players returning: 

“A couple of weeks time, he [Mullen] thinks they will be able to open up the weight room. In the state of Florida, they may be opening gyms in a couple of weeks. They feel like their guys will be working out anyways in some of their gyms. They would rather have them on campus at their gym where they could monitor things and practicing as much safety as possible.”

“What they have dealt with, they have sent some tests out to some of their players who thought they might be positive for COVID and have not had any positive tests back, but they have been securing some tests. I do think that’s happening around the country as well.” 

Finebaum also mentioned towards the end of the conversation some potential scheduling changes if Alabama can’t play USC to begin the year in Texas, they could play TCU because the Horned Frogs right now are scheduled to begin the year at California. 

As Finebaum puts it, a lot of athletic departments need the revenue from college football. According to Forbes, a big-time program like Ohio State brings in $60 million for the department solely on ticket sales. 

There is still time before college football begins, but a lot of questions remain unanswered. It is up to the NCAA and the conference commissioners to come together to try to make a plan that keeps the student-athletes safe first and foremost. 

Last week, NCAA commissioner Mark Emmert said that he does not think sports can begin unless there are students taking classes on campus instead of the distance learning that has been going on recently. 

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Stephen A. Smith Slams Washington Post For Jerry Jones Reporting

“But you’re going to bring up a photo of him when he was 14, 15 years old? 65 or 66 years ago? This is where cancel culture gets into the mix.”

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After reporting from The Washington Post revealed a photo of Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones standing on the steps of North Little Rock High School as six black students attempted to integrate in 1957, ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith has slammed the outlet’s reporting and defended Jones on First Take Monday.

“I’m pretty pissed off,” said Smith. “I’m pissed off but not for reasons that people would think. I am very, very fond of Jerry Jones, and I’m not hiding that from anybody. Is his record perfect? No, but I’m pissed off because he doesn’t deserve what just happened. He doesn’t deserve it. One report, our report, said he was 14 years old. Another report said he was 15 years old. At minimum that’s 65 years ago.

“You’re going to bring up a picture of Jerry Jones standing at this protest — no question — what was happening is not something that anybody — as a black person — should be appreciative about. You had six students trying to desegregate the school,” Smith said before stating that racism is still “alive and well’ in America, noting black men especially face it daily.

“But you’re going to bring up a photo of him when he was 14, 15 years old? 65 or 66 years ago? This is where cancel culture gets into the mix. You’re making an attempt to eradicate him, what he stands for and all he has done.”

Smith continued by saying he doesn’t have a problem with the photo, and Jones’ youth changes the potential for outrage, noting if he was 30 or 35 rather than a teenager, that would be a bigger indicator of his character.

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Gus Johnson: ‘Nobody Ever Told Me I Was Doing It Wrong’

“I just want to delight in the excellence of these young men and women that I have the chance to call because I know it’s so important to them because it’s important to me.”

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While fans get to hear Gus Johnson call big college football and college basketball games and get to see his reactions to memorable moments, he unfortunately never gets to see his own reaction, but he just enjoys being a part of sports, such as when he called Michigan-Ohio State for FOX this past Saturday.

Johnson was a guest on The Rich Eisen Show last week and he said while calling a game, he never wants to be too controversial and he appreciates that people choose to watch him during their times of relaxation.

“They say you never see yourself, you only see a reflection. You’ve never seen your face. You’ve only seen a reflection of your face as a human being. I can’t see myself. I would love to see myself during those moments because I sometimes don’t really understand the reaction. To me, I’m just watching the game, I’m a fan. I’m a journalist and I take that seriously, but more than anything, I’m just a fan of sports. Thank God for sports.

“People for the last almost 30 years have allowed me to come into their homes during their times of relaxation, rest, to spend time with their families. That’s important to me. When I call the game, I don’t want to be too controversial. I’m not trying to be 60 Minutes. I just want to delight in the excellence of these young men and women that I have the chance to call because I know it’s so important to them because it’s important to me. It connects you to great moments in your life and in your mind.”

Before he got to FOX, Johnson was at CBS Sports from 1995-2011 calling some memorable NCAA Tournament games and NFL games that went down to the wire. In an era where criticism can be found easily, Johnson told Eisen that he never received criticism about his broadcast style from any of his bosses:

“Nobody ever told me that I was doing it wrong. That’s one thing I loved about the CBS experience. At CBS Sports, we had different kind of broadcasters. Our leader back then and still is Jim Nantz. He had his own style. We had Verne Lundquist, we had Dick Enberg there during that time. Don Criqui was there during that time. Not one time did anybody ever tell me that I wasn’t doing it right. Nobody ever said ‘Gus, don’t do it that way’. I would get negative criticism when the Internet started, but not from my bosses.”

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Scott Hanson Clarifies NFL RedZone Missteps During Raiders/Seahawks

Hanson believed in the moment that CBS was airing the overtime period to a national audience. But due to NFL broadcasting rules, the game was only available on select stations.

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NFL RedZone host Scott Hanson ruffled feathers for many football fans Sunday when he told viewers to switch from the channel to their local CBS affiliates to see the conclusion of the Las Vegas Raiders and Seattle Seahawks game.

Unfortunately, for both viewers and Hanson, the game was only being shown in a small portion of the country, with the rest of the nation’s CBS affiliates already airing 60 Minutes. The game was also available to NFL Sunday Ticket subscribers.

Hanson took to Twitter Sunday evening to explain what happened on the air and to apologize for the miscalculation.

Hanson believed in the moment that CBS was airing the overtime period to a national audience. But due to NFL broadcasting rules, the game was only available to stations in the Las Vegas, Fresno, Sacramento, Reno, Eugene, Portland, Boise, Seattle, and Spokane markets on the west coast. Additionally, the game was available in Chicago, Tampa, Atlanta, and Charlotte.

He apologized for the mistake and said he would have more details at a later date.

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