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Payne & Pendergast: Urban Meyer Doesn’t Have Credibility To Return To FOX

“It’s gonna be hard sometimes when he gets up and talks about the grander ideals of sacrifice and things like that, because the more I heard about Urban Meyer in the NFL, I feel like the foundation of a lot of the things he talks about is fraudulent.”

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It appears Urban Meyer is headed back to FOX’s Big Noon Kickoff for the 2022 college football season. Whatever his issues in the NFL, the network is banking on Meyer’s three national championships still giving him credibility with college football fans. Tuesday morning on Sports Radio 610 in Houston, Payne & Pendergast said they weren’t so sure.

Before the segment even began, Sean Pendergast teased it by calling Meyer “a phony” on his way to break. When the du came back from commercial, Seth Payne noted that it isn’t just about Urban Meyer having a history of lying when he finds himself in trouble that troubles college football fans. It is how bad the former coach is at it.

Payne said that the infamous video showing a woman dancing on Meyer’s lap at his steakhouse in Columbus, Ohio is going to make it hard for him to have the same persona he did during his first stint on FOX.

“It’s gonna be hard sometimes when he gets up and talks about the grander ideals of sacrifice and things like that, because the more I heard about Urban Meyer in the NFL, I feel like the foundation of a lot of the things he talks about is fraudulent,” Payne said. “If he could just talk about football without some of the grandstanding or some of the air of superiority he has about him, that would be cool.”

Sean Pendergast said that would be impossible. The last time Meyer was on Big Noon Kickoff, college football was in a completely different world than it is now. He may not have the credibility necessary to talk about the issues currently facing the sport.

“The bigger, broader issues that are going to get talked about in college football now are things like NIL and the transfer portal that strike at the heart of the emotional issues of college football, the commitment issues of college football. How can he comment about commitment when he is in a viral video with a woman who is not his wife sitting on his lap and fondling her butt?”

Seth Payne, who played in the NFL for eleven years, says that fans will make jokes, but football people have outright dismissed Urban Meyer. He said that an NFL coach abandoning his team after a road loss and not flying home with them was “shocking” to people that played and coached in the NFL.

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Kirk Herbstriet Wants To Be Held To Same Standard For NFL As College Football

“Herbstreit was on The Pat McAfee Show on Friday and he said he is already at Pro Football Focus in Cincinnati doing his research.”

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The NFL schedule was released last week, and Thursday Night Football has a lot of interesting matchups for its first year on Amazon Prime. It is also a new broadcast booth with Al Michaels and Kirk Herbstreit on the call. 

With Herbstreit now adding Thursday Night Football to College Gameday, he has already started preparing for the upcoming season. Herbstreit was on The Pat McAfee Show on Friday and he said he is already at Pro Football Focus in Cincinnati doing his research.

“I’m just trying to lay a foundation,” said Herbstreit. 

Herbstreit told McAfee that whenever anyone asks him to talk about a college team, he can quickly tell them what the DNA of that team is. Now he wants to bring that level of preparation to his NFL broadcasts. He will look at a different matchup every week this summer to get a more detailed idea of what each team is about: 

As for his connection with Al Michaels, Herbstreit mentioned he has gone out to dinner with him a couple of times and he wants to make going out to eat with his broadcast partner a frequent deal.

“Hung out with him 2-3 times. Had a chance just to get to know him. When you go into a new deal, I love like Wednesday night dinner, I want to make a staple and just hang out and get to know him and hopefully he will get to know me. When you do that, it allows you to have natural chemistry.”

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Andrew Mason To Succeed John Clayton At 104.3 The Fan

“Mason comes to The Fan from DNVR, a digital outlet where he provided written and audio content for the last three seasons.”

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John Clayton passed away earlier this year. That left 104.3 The Fan without a lead Broncos writer for the 2022 season. On Monday, the station announced that it had hired a successor in Andrew Mason.

Mason comes to The Fan from DNVR, a digital outlet where he provided written and audio content for the last three seasons.

“Mase’s work speaks for itself as one of the market’s most respected analysts when it comes to writing about and discussing the Broncos,” Raj Sharan, The Fan’s program director, said in a press release. “Replacing someone of the legendary stature of John Clayton was not something we took lightly, and we believe Mase is the perfect person to pick up that mantle and bring tremendous credibility and content to our rapidly growing digital platforms.”

Andrew Mason has a lot of credibility with Broncos fans. He has covered the team for 19 years. He has also written a book called Tales from the Denver Broncos Sideline.

The Fan won’t be his first foray into Denver radio either. Mason has previously been a host on Mile High Sports Radio and the defunct KDSP- AM.

“I’m thrilled to join The Fan team and add what I can to the efforts of building Denver’s premier online destination for Denver fans,” said Mason. “Being tasked with replacing a legend like John Clayton is a responsibility I take very seriously, and I’m honored The Fan has entrusted me with this opportunity.”

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Gregg Giannotti: ‘Drew Brees Isn’t Used To Not Succeeding’

“He’s succeeded at everything he’s ever done and then he gets into the booth and they kick him out after one year. It’s a tough spot.”

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What does the future hold for Drew Brees? Andrew Marchand reports that he is set to leave NBC. Brees himself says nothing is decided yet.

On Monday morning, Boomer & Gio discussed why the former quarterback is in this position just one year after making his broadcasting debut. Gregg Giannotti noted that if Brees was brought to NBC with the idea that he would eventually be the top game analyst, the criticism he faced last year and the network’s decision to stick with Cris Collinsworth in the Sunday Night Football booth were likely unexpected blows to his ego.

“That’s a tough spot, man, for him,” Gio said. “The guy’s been beloved his whole career. He did go through a little bit of it when people were all over his ass for saying the wrong thing one time, but here he goes. He’s succeeded at everything he’s ever done and then he gets into the booth and they kick him out after one year. It’s a tough spot.”

Boomer Esiason added that the criticism Drew Brees received for his work in the broadcast booth did not apply to his work on Football Night in America or the Sunday Night Football halftime show.

“He was good in the studio,” Boomer Esiason said. “I saw him in the studio and I liked him.”

Brees prefers calling games to work in the studio. According to Marchand’s report, that is what is at the heart of his potential exit from NBC.

The color commentator role may come with more prestige, but it isn’t easy. Esiason has experience with both positions. He calls games on the radio for Westwood One and has been a staple of CBS’s The NFL Today since 2002.

“Some guys are not meant to be game analysts, that’s all.”

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