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Fox Sports Radio Hosts Say Notre Dame Win Good For College Football Ratings All Season

“While not citing the ratings directly, Fox Radio host Jonas Knox and former Fighting Irish quarterback Brady Quinn say the game helped Notre Dame’s status as a national brand.”

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Not only was Notre Dame’s win over top ranked Clemson big for the Fighting Irish, vaulting them to #2 in the latest AP rankings, it was also a boon for NBC in the ratings. The double-overtime classic drew an average of 9.44 million according to the Nielsen Ratings. Those numbers make it the most watched Notre Dame game on NBC since the infamous “Bush Push”  (where USC running back Reggie Bush pushed quarterback Matt Leinart into the end zone for the game-winning touchdown) game in 2005. That contest drew an average of 10.1 million viewers.

The high numbers come despite game coverage being preempted by President–Elect Joe Biden’s victory speech from 8:27 to 8:57 p.m. During that time, game coverage switched to the USA Network. Viewership reached its peak when 14.1 million viewers tuned in to the second overtime to see Notre Dame seal the 47-40 victory. Currently, the game is the second most watched game this season, just behind Georgia versus Alabama on October 17th (an average of 9.61 million viewers) though it is expected to pass that mark once the “Out of Home” numbers are reported later in the week.

While not citing the ratings directly, Fox Radio host Jonas Knox and former Fighting Irish quarterback Brady Quinn say the game helped Notre Dame’s status as a national brand.

“You have Notre Dame fans all across this country because of NBC,” Knox said. “It’s the same kind of phenomenon with Cubs and Braves fans spread out all over because of WGN and TBS before the regional sports networks took over. But Notre Dame is still a National brand and the result (beating Clemson) was not only good for Notre Dame, it was good for college football. It puts new blood in the National Championship conversation.”

Quinn agrees, adding that Notre Dame has struggled to stay relevant in recent seasons.

“There were a few games during the Manti Teo era that were good,” Quinn said. “But I would say this was the biggest Notre Dame game since the “Bush Push” (which Quinn played in) and then you have to go all the way back to (upsetting #1) Florida State (1993).”

“Clemson and Notre Dame could meet two more times, in the ACC Championship and the college football playoffs,” Quinn continued. “I hope it happens because I have heard a lot of Clemson fans say, ‘yeah but we didn’t have Trevor Lawrence’. Well, unless something happens, you are going to get your chance and if Clemson wins, I could see them both getting in the playoffs and playing again.”

Unfortunately for NBC, if that scenario plays out, they would miss out on the ratings bonanza because their contract with Notre Dame only covers regular season games. The ABC family of networks owns the rights to the ACC championship game and the college football playoffs.

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Tim Hill Opens Up About Firing From Cumulus, 107.5 The Game

“There was no conversation, and to me, that’s unacceptable when it comes to my personal medical choices.”

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Back in October, Tim Hill the program director and morning host at Cumulus Media’s 107.5 The Game in Columbia, South Carolina was let go for not following the companies COVID-19 vaccine protocol.

Hill is now speaking out for the first time in more detail. He told Outkick about his firing from the company, as well as what he is up to now.

“Not only did I get fired from Cumulus for not following their COVID vaccine mandate, but I was fired with cause,” Tim Hill said. “So that meant no unemployment, no severance, nothing, zip, zilch.”

You won’t hear Tim Hill voicing any regrets. That doesn’t mean he was happy about his decision. He admitted that he was emotional upon receiving the news.

“Afterward, I sobbed in my garage where I had done my show the last 18 months,” he said. “In my garage, I just sobbed like a baby for 10-15 minutes. It just smashed me. I didn’t see that coming. I feel fortunate I wasn’t allowed to talk about it on the air because I never would’ve gotten through it.”

Although the Covid-19 vaccine has turned into a political debate, Tim Hill swears that this is not some sort of political stand. He says he is not the type to tell someone what to do with their body or how to run their business. It was a line that he didn’t feel he wanted to let the company cross with him.

“You can’t force others to make the personal medical decision you want them to make. I can read between the lines. I’m not a dummy. It was very clear what was going to be acceptable and what was not going to be acceptable. There was no conversation, and to me, that’s unacceptable when it comes to my personal medical choices.”

Hill has been working as a seasonal UPS driver since he was let go at Cumulus, but that is set to expire on January 15th after the holidays.

“My wife and I are raising three boys right now, and I wasn’t going to be able to look them in the eye if I was bullied into getting a vaccine that I did not agree with, did not feel ready for, wasn’t prepared to get, wasn’t going to choose voluntarily.”

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Corby Davidson to Follow Through On Face Tattoo Bet

“Davidson argued that since Walker never replied to the initial Tweet he sent in which he bet he would get a new Star Wars tattoo on his forehead if Coach Riley moved schools, the bet had never been agreed to.”

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Shockwaves were sent through the world of college football earlier this week, as Oklahoma Sooners Head Coach Lincoln Riley took the head coaching job at the University of Southern California. After leading the Sooners for the last five seasons, in which he worked with Heisman Trophy winning quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray, and won four straight Big 12 championship games, Riley will serve as the 30th head coach in the history of the USC Trojans.

Yesterday in a galaxy not so far away, The Hardline on Sportsradio 1310 The Ticket in Dallas reflected on a recent Twitter exchange between co-host Corby Davidson and on-air talent Ty Walker involving Lincoln Riley, and a prominent, out-of-this-world film series. The connection between the two topics by means of integrating social media into the show resulted in a compelling, entertaining exchange on the air.

“Barstool says, ‘LSU players and recruits are now following Lincoln Riley on Twitter,’ read Bob Sturm, co-host of the afternoon drive program, “and this was something Ty thought Corby needed to know about.

“I figured he would want any kind of Lincoln Riley breaking news,” Walker said, knowing Corby Davidson is a fan of the Oklahoma Sooners.

“Sent back to Mr. Ty from Mr. Corby — this is Friday afternoon at 4:55,” said Sturm. “‘Ty, you just lost to Texas. And I will bet you a new Star Wars tattoo on the forehead Lincoln [Riley] doesn’t move.’”

Following the confirmation from Davidson that he had indeed sent that Tweet, Sturm finished giving the context of the exchange to the listeners.

“One hour later with, I don’t think any further exchange, but I assume Corby put down his flask for long enough to be alone with his thoughts,” said Sturm. ‘Bets off the table.’ Multiple bets, or did you just forget the punctuation there?”

“I missed the little [apostrophe] mark there,” remarked Davidson.

Davidson argued that since Walker never replied to the initial Tweet he sent in which he bet he would get a new Star Wars tattoo on his forehead if Coach Riley moved schools, the bet had never been agreed to. He offered a hypothetical to get his point across to Sturm, Walker and those listening to the show.

“Right now, if I said I’ll bet you $100,000 that I do not get in a car crash on the way home, would you take that bet?,” said Corby Davidson. “If you don’t accept it, I’m going to assume you’re going to pay me $100,000 when I get home safely.”

“We have to spit and then shake on it,” replied Sturm.

“Right!,” said Davidson. “Ty never said ‘I’ll accept it,’ and then I was like, ‘Well, he’s out, so I’m out too. Bet’s off the table. Sorry.’”

Walker said the bet was made “with such conviction” that he did not feel the need to respond to Davidson to confirm he had accepted it, ostensibly missing out on an opportunity. Nonetheless, the guys made a compromise since Riley indeed left his job with the Oklahoma Sooners, something that will surely be talked about as the show continues this week.

“Could we settle on one of these Henna tattoos?” asked Sturm. “Get a little Ewok on your forehead for two weeks… Maybe Grogu, maybe Admiral Ackbar?”

“Well, I’m going to do it,” responded Corby Davidson after mulling the proposal over. “I think even though I feel like I still won the bet, I’m still going to do it for you guys. Would you take an earlobe tattoo of Grogu?”

“No doubt — that’s fair,” said Sturm.

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Marcus Spears, Kendrick Perkins Voice Frustrations With NFL Contracts

“You got 5 or 6 guys that are making life-changing, generational money on each roster. But, because we talk about those particular individuals, especially the quarterbacks a lot, we’ve got this misconception that if you play in the NFL, you’re rich.”

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With the MLB’s collective bargaining agreement expiring Wednesday night at 11:59 PM ET, teams were handing out large, guaranteed contracts left and right over the past 72 hours. Jeff Passan tweeted on Monday, the total number of dollars doled out in free agency was already over $1 billion.

So, how do players in other professional sports leagues view the contracts that MLB players are getting? Well, on the latest episode of Swagu & PerkMarcus Spears (former NFL player) and Kendrick Perkins (former NBA player) dove right into that topic during the early portion of the episode. 

Spears wanted to make the point that while people talk about the big money that NFL players get, there are not many players on rosters that make that life-changing money we think they do.

“In the NFL, it’s not about if you are going to get injured, it’s about how bad or severe will the injury be. It’s Week 12. Everybody is hurt. This is what people don’t realize on TV when we are talking about these guys. You got 5 or 6 guys that are making life-changing, generational money on each roster. But, because we talk about those particular individuals, especially the quarterbacks a lot, we’ve got this misconception that if you play in the NFL, you’re rich.

“Now I know in the grand scheme of things, people would go crazy to make six figures. But, when we start talking about the professional leagues, relativity is important as we have this conversation.”

Perkins told Spears that the one thing NFL players can blame for not getting those guaranteed contract is the NFLPA.

“Everybody that I talk to when it comes down to NFL players and I’m like these dudes should be on guaranteed contracts. It’s not fair. I blame the Players Association. Y’all Players Association has to get stronger. I don’t know when, but it has to get stronger.”

While neither of them are necessarily ripping the NFL for not having baseball-type deals, you can understand the frustration that can come from Spears, especially when he looks at the comparisons between the NFL and the NBA/MLB.

“When it comes to the NFL, it’s 32 owners, the majority of them who haven’t played football. The NBA is player-driven. Ain’t nobody coming to watch the owners. If you don’t have a face of the NBA, you suffer. The ability for players in the NBA to say things when stuff happens like Donald Sterling. We know you are an owner, but you got to go…In the NFL, the money is generated from networks. They don’t have a real respect for what players are going through. That’s why a lot of former athletes show up on people’s TV screens working for ESPN because we’ve been through it.”

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