Doug Gottlieb is not backing down from his assertion that Travis Hunter is making a mistake. The top college football recruit in the country shocked everyone last week by flipping his commitment from Florida State to Coach Deion Sanders and the Jackson State Tigers.
On Wednesday, when the announcement was made, FOX Sports Radio’s Doug Gottlieb immediately said it was a bad move and that Hunter would regret the decision.
On his show Friday, Gottlieb addressed some of the criticism he has received and explained why he isn’t backing down from his assertion that attending an HBCU is a mistake for a player of Hunter’s caliber.
Doug Gottlieb started by highlighting a tweet from Jermaine Johnson, a state lawmaker in South Carolina, who claimed that college football is “easily 85% black” and noted that if that 85% decided to attend HBCUs exclusively, Gottlieb would change his mind.
“Is it hard for state lawmakers to google NCAA demographics,” Gottlieb said before noting it took him just 2 minutes to find the official demographics from the NCAA, which say that football on the FBS level is 45% black.
Gottlieb reiterated that he was never arguing specifically against HBCUs or against black students. His argument was that nobody celebrating Travis Hunter’s decision to attend Jackson State actually cares about Travis Hunter. If they did, they would want him to be somewhere his talent would be seen.
“It’s a lower-level school. It’s a 1-AA school. The perfect example is Jackson State is 11-1 and nobody watched them. They don’t even play in the 1-AA national championship.”
Jackson State was demolished by South Carolina State this weekend in the Celebration Bowl, which is recognized as the national championship game for HBCU football.
Gottlieb said that Deion Sanders’s goal was not necessarily to get Travis Hunter to Jackson State. It was to “stick it to” Florida State, who passed him over in its last coaching search.
If Hunter wants to make it to the NFL, Doug Gottlieb argues that he has made achieving that goal harder for himself. Jackson State is underfunded in a state that underfunds the majority of its universities. That trickles down to the athletic department. He noted that giving up the advantages of Florida State to play college football in an environment like that is akin to choosing a different sport entirely.
“If he succeeds and makes the NFL, that’s great! But he’s not competing against the best players everyday in practice. He doesn’t have the best facilities to train in. He doesn’t have the best trainers,” Gottlieb said. “There’s just not the money for that.”
To Doug Gottlieb’s point, the rapper and businessman Master P, recently pulled his son out of Tennessee State, another HBCU. Jackson was a star basketball recruit coming out of high school. Master P cited the school’s lack of medical resources as the reason for his son’s exit.
Tony Bruno Relives Favorite Moments With Angelo Cataldi on 94 WIP
“I loved every day. We did stuff that put Sports Radio in Philly on the map and I’m proud of that.”
Tony Bruno has been a staple of the sports radio business for decades. Bruno is from Philadelphia and was teamed up in the early nineties with a duo still dominating the local airwaves there today, Angelo Cataldi and Al Morganti. The three reunited Thursday morning on 94 WIP to remember the glory days of their partnership and friendship.
One of the first moments Cataldi asked Bruno if he remembered was the update he did from a tree outside of their studio and the answer was an emphatic yes.
“Absolutely, it’s one of the highlights of my life – other than interviewing four Presidents and every sports athlete in history – there’s no bigger moment than me climbing up in the tree, which was obstructing our view of William Penn and the city skyline. That’s what I do, I was a man of action. I’m not one of these guys that talks the talk, I climb the tree to do whatever is necessary.”
More frivolity followed when Cataldi harkened back to a segment of ‘Damsels in Distress’ and a time in which Bruno was sent on the street during a snowstorm to help shovel people out of their driveways. Bruno quickly recalled, “Man of the people. I should run for – I should of run for Governor of Pennsylvania or Senate or something.”
Bruno added that his favorite rant (and one that Cataldi loved too) wasn’t about the Cowboys or sports at all. “My favorite was my Infinity Broadcasting rant where I went on one day and even ripped our bosses, all the way up to the top of Infinity Broadcasting.” Cataldi cackled and praised Bruno’s rants more before being interrupted by Bruno saying, “yeah, my only regret is I never really ripped Al (Morganti) the way I should have ripped him. I let him of the hook so many times.”
An insightful moment came at the end of the call when Cataldi asked rhetorically if Bruno ever thought they (Cataldi & Morganti) would still be doing this thirty years later and then asked if Tony ever regretted leaving.
“It was a tough decision, Ang,” Bruno answered. “I was given an ultimatum. When I came to work with you guys, I loved every day. Every day we had fun. We did stuff that put Sports Radio in Philly on the map and I’m proud of that. It wasn’t one of those, ‘oh I got to go; I’m too big for these guys’. I even turned the ESPN job down a couple of times.
“My kids were still younger then, I didn’t want to move. I didn’t have to move. They said just come up here on weekends and that’s how ESPN Radio started. So I was doing weekends and Tom Bigby (Program Director) didn’t like that either, told me it wasn’t going to work. It was a philosophical thing. When he told me, ‘you should go because we are not going to pay you what they’re paying you,’ I said ok.
Cataldi began to sign off with Bruno with genuine thanks: “I got to tell you something Tone, we are indebted to you for the rest of our lives because we both learned so much from you and you are one of the great talents that radio has ever had.”
Dodgers Temporarily Pull Broadcasters Off Road
“If the broadcasters’ are not dealing with severe cases of Covid and they have cleared health and safety protocols, it appears the team is open to sending them back out on the road.”
When the Los Angeles Dodgers visit the East Coast later this week, the men that call the action on TV and radio will not be with them. The games will instead be broadcast on AM570 LA Sports and SportsNet LA from their respective studios.
“Due to a few members of the Dodgers’ broadcast team having recently tested positive for COVID-19, and out of an abundance of caution, the Dodgers have decided to not travel their broadcasters to upcoming games in Philadelphia and Washington,” the Dodgers announced in a statement. Similar to the 2020 and 2021 MLB seasons, the games will be broadcast from Los Angeles,” reads a statement on the team’s Twitter account.
No further details are available, so the severity and the number of cases remain unknown.
Last September, both members of the Dodgers’ television play-by-play crew were forced into quarantine. Joe Davis was the first to test positive, followed later that month by Orel Hershiser.
On Wednesday, manager Dave Roberts told the media that the Dodgers’ roster and coaching staff are not effected.
“There’s there’s no symptoms in the clubhouse. I think that as far as the upstairs, as an organization, we’re all just trying to be very cautious. But as far as in the clubhouse, coaches, training staff, nothing like that.”
If the broadcasters’ are not dealing with severe cases of Covid and they have cleared health and safety protocols, it appears the team is open to sending them back out on the road. 2022 was supposed to be a return to normal for the Dodgers and many other teams after not letting broadcasters travel in 2020 and 2021.
Pat McAfee: ‘No One Will Disrespect Jim Rome On My Show’
“That’s because you need to respect the f–king jungle.”
Jim Rome is a sports radio icon and Pat McAfee recognizes that.
On The Pat McAfee Show on Wednesday, McAfee was talking to co-host A.J. Hawk about how Rome trended recently on Twitter.
This happened after news of Tom Brady’s FOX Sports deal surfaced, and a list of the top paid sports media personalities was compiled. Rome came in behind Brady at number two making a reported $30 million a year, and many were surprised by that number. McAfee wasn’t.
“That’s because you need to respect the f–king jungle,” he said. “I have nothing but respect for Jim Rome.”
McAfee gave props to Rome, 57, saying he’s been doing sports talk probably longer than anyone. He’s one of the most widely distributed hosts in the country. Pat said he won’t tolerate anyone talking smack about the Smack-Off King.
“No disrespect will be said on this show of Jim Rome, ever,” he said. “Love that man.”