For sports fans, one of the constants over the last 20 years was waking up in the morning to hear Mike Golic co-hosting either Mike & Mike or Golic and Wingo on ESPN Radio. On August 17, that will all change as the morning show will now feature Keyshawn Johnson, Jay Williams, and Zubin Mehenti as the hosts.
According to Richard Deitsch from The Athletic, Golic is still under contract with ESPN, but a future role has yet to be determined.
In the last 24 hours, many current and former ESPN personalities took to Twitter to talk about their experiences working with Golic on the air. We will start with Golic and Wingo, producer Evan Wilner, and ESPN Director of Talent Production and Guest Booking Ray Necci.
Over the years, many different people have filled on either morning show to co-host with Golic and a few of them shared their experiences. Adnan Virk, who is currently at DAZN, remembered when he first worked with Golic and Mike Hill credits Golic for getting him on the air to fill in on Mike & Mike
Golic received some praise on Twitter from former colleagues Will Cain, who is now at FOX News and Doug Gottlieb (host on FOX Sports Radio). Cain and Gottlieb would both fill in on Mike & Mike from time-to-time:
For other people, it is Golic’s kindness that helped them feel comfortable working with him, such as Jason Romano. Romano worked at ESPN for 17 years and felt more relaxed working with Golic. ESPN contributor Bobby Carpenter also explained how Golic pushed him to be with his family for the holidays rather than worry about filling in on the show.
Even though Golic had the national spotlight on ESPN, he would give a helping hand to people in the business as well. Randy Scott, who now works at ESPN, met Golic in 2009 and shared his story of meeting him and giving him advice that eventually led to them being colleagues:
Danny Kanell, who used to work with Golic at ESPN (now at CBS Sports and Sirius XM), tweeted about what made Golic different compared to others currently in the industry. So too did Paul Pabst, Dan Patrick’s producer. Also weighing in was Barstool’s PFT Commenter, who acknowledged being a longtime morning listener and fan of Golic’s work.
Last, but not least, Golic’s wife Christine, one of his sons, Mike Jr., and his daughter Sydney thanked the people on Twitter for their kind words and support. Golic Jr. will be in the new national ESPN Radio lineup co-hosting with Chiney Ogwumike from 4-7 p.m ET.
The kind words will keep pouring in for Golic and it is clear to see the impact that he has in the industry on and off the air. There are many memorable moments to look back on from Golic over the last two decades and it will feel different when the new ESPN Radio lineup launches.
Doug Gottlieb On Praise For Pat Beverly: ‘What a Joke!’
“To be in the NBA and say things that are demonstrably false, outright mean, and oh by the way, obtuse to reality and turns people off to your sport.”
Pat Beverley of the Minnesota Timberwolves may have used his appearances this week on ESPN to set up a potential career in media, but some just simply weren’t impressed.
You can count Doug Gottlieb among them. Gottlieb said Wednesday that Beverley’s takes on Suns guard Chris Paul and words for Matt Barnes regarding James Harden’s contract didn’t do him any favors for the future.
“Pat Beverley, if you’re going to die on a hill, James Harden’s hill is not the one to die on,” Gottlieb said. “In a week in which you have a chance to carve out a potential career for yourself which is as good, or greater than your NBA career. What a joke!”
Gottlieb added that Beverley also lost people completely “acting like the arrogant NBA athlete that so many assume that NBA athletes are.”
“To be in the NBA and say things that are demonstrably false, outright mean, and oh by the way, obtuse to reality and turns people off to your sport,” he said. “Congratulations, hell of a week and you’re only in day two.”
While Beverley may not have Gottlieb singing his praises as an analyst, the T-Wolves journeyman did get the attention of Barstool Sports president Dave Portnoy. Portnoy said if Beverley wanted to do a podcast for the company, he would give him a blank check and hire him no questions asked.
Mick Hubert to Retire After 33 Years As Voice Of Florida Gators
“This wasn’t the end of a five-year plan. I don’t know if I can explain how I knew, but I knew.”
After more than three decades and more than 2,500 games called in Gainesville, Mick Hubert is retiring as the voice of the Florida Gators.
Hubert, 68, will call it a career after the Florida baseball team concludes its regular season this weekend.
Hubert, who’s called numerous Gators national championships across multiple sports in his tenure, said he had been thinking about retiring but finally had peace about it to make the decision.
“This wasn’t the end of a five-year plan. I don’t know if I can explain how I knew, but I knew,” he said. “I had been considering this for a little while. I just had to do some praying about it and enjoy every game.”
The longtime broadcaster is a 2019 inductee into the Florida Sports Hall of Fame.
Hubert said he poured his heart and soul into broadcasts and that hopefully fans recognized that.
“I hope they heard the enthusiasm, and the credibility is important to me,” he said. “You need to be factual and credible, but you need to be enthusiastic. That’s what I always felt. I always wanted to take my audience on a roller-coaster ride of emotions. I also wanted to give them enough information so they could paint that picture in their mind.”
Reporter Tells Kevin & Query About NBA Draft Lottery Security Measures
“By the time you’re watching the production on ESPN for the lottery, we already know.”
The NBA Draft is coming up towards the end of June, and the top half of the draft order was set this week in the NBA Draft Lottery.
The lottery adds a level of excitement to the mix because you never know if the team with the best odds for the number one pick will actually get it.
But it’s a whole process that actually unfolds well before it airs on ESPN. Pacers reporter Scott Agness of Fieldhouse Files told Kevin Bowen and Jake Query on 107.5 The Fan in Indianapolis what it was like to have access to the lottery.
“By the time you’re watching the production on ESPN for the lottery, we already know,” he said. “It’s already happened. But we’re locked down, sequestered in a room, a ballroom, can’t leave.”
What was even more interesting to Agness was the fact that even people representing lottery teams were under an embargo until the results aired on TV.
“We had all that good info, but the person that won the lottery for instance couldn’t call and celebrate with their people,” Agness said. “None of us in the room could tweet it out because none of us had our devices.”
Agness added that the league had contingency plans in case the lottery drum failed, if the same team had its ping pong ball drawn, and just about every other scenario you could think of. He said he was very impressed with how the NBA did things.
“It was kind of cool to see how well-run everything was in the end,” he said.