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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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Jonathan Zaslow No Longer With WQAM

An attempt to reach out to Zaslow for comment went unanswered.

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WQAM midday host Jonathan Zaslow is no longer with WQAM in Miami.

The radio station has removed his show from the website and references to him and his normal 10a-2p ET midday timeslot program have been scrubbed from the station website.

Zaslow tweeted at 5:19p ET confirming the news.

Whether or not this has any effect on his involvement with the Miami Heat broadcasts is unknown as of now.

Zaslow had been with 790 the Ticket since 2004. He was transitioned from Audacy-owned 790 to sister station AM 560 Sports WQAM last October. During his tenure he has worked with a number of established local voices including Joy Taylor, Amber Wilson, Brett Romberg, and Brendan Tobin amongst others.

WQAM has gone thru a number of changes, including a rebranding effort to call the station “560 The Joe”. That ended last year with the station returning to the AM 560 Sports WQAM brand listeners were more familiar with. What they have planned next in Zaslow’s timeslot is unclear but local listeners will likely get some answers next week.

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Vanessa Richardson Named Houston Rockets Sideline Reporter, Paul Gallant to Host Solo on ESPN 97.5

Vanessa Richardson will be on the sidelines for the Houston Rockets and Paul Gallant will host solo show on ESPN 97.5.

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Changes are taking place in Houston sports media. First, the Houston Rockets will have a new television sideline reporter this season, and she’s a familiar name to Houston sports fans.

Vanessa Richardson, the now former co-host of ESPN 97.5’s Vanessa and Gallant, revealed that she will be on the sidelines for the NBA franchise covering the team for AT&T SportsNet Southwest.

She tweeted the news saying, “Elated to be the new Houston Rockets sideline reporter! I can’t wait to travel the country & share the stories of this dynamic team during 80+ games on AT&T SportsNet Southwest. I’ll continue to fill-in as a host/reporter for Astros broadcasts as well.”

Richardson’s co-host, Paul Gallant, tweeted that with Richardson leaving the show for the Rockets sideline gig, Vanessa and Gallant will become the Paul Gallant Show. The solo show led by Gallant begins Monday September 26th.

“We’re excited to have Paul host his own show”, said Todd Farquharson, General Manager of ESPN 97.5 & 92.5.  “He’s super creative, energetic, and likeable.  He’ll get the audience involved and have fun.”

Paul commented, “You know what I’ve always loved about sports talk radio?  That it’s interactive.  Whether through a phone call, text message, tweet or on Twitch, it’s the best place for sports fans to come together and celebrate…or vent.  And that’s what The Paul Gallant Show is going to be…Houston’s platform to talk about its teams. THE most interactive sports talk show in Houston.”

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Ken Carman: Al Michaels ‘Feels Untethered’ On Amazon Prime Video

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

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The Cleveland Browns defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers during Thursday Night Football on Amazon Prime Video. 92.3 The Fan morning host Ken Carman applauded Al Michaels for his performance during the presentation.

“Al Michaels feels untethered for the first time. He’s not network television anymore and he can say whatever he wants. We interviewed him on the pregame show and I was nervous,” Carman said.

“He’s a legend,” co-host Anthony Lima added.

During the final play of the game, the Steelers fumbled a lateral into the endzone which the Browns recovered to make the final score 29-17. Michaels said “that may be meaningful to some of you. And you know who I mean”, alluding to people who had placed wagers on the game.

Carman, who hosts two-hours of pre-game coverage on the Browns Radio Network, continued to discuss how nervous he was interviewing Michaels. He also discussed how impressive Amazon’s behind-the-scenes production was, pointing out the only football broadcast with more cameras is the Super Bowl. More than 400 people work behind the scenes for Amazon Prime Video.

“The thing that stuck out was Kirk Herbstreit ripping the elf,” said Carman. “Don’t be ripping Brownie the Elf, man.”

Carman later said people angry that Michaels misspoke by saying the Pro Football Hall of Fame is “down I-71” instead of I-77 were unreasonable, and joked “Al Michaels hasn’t been on a highway in 20 years”.

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