Sep 242013

Paul Finebaum: 9/24 – Hr. 1 Play Download

Paul Finebaum talks with Rory Karpf, director of ‘The Book of Manning’ about the making of the film and what he learned.

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Paul Finebaum, ESPN’s Trevor Matich and Gregg Easterbrook (Author, ‘The King of Sports’) chat about football’s impact on America and Week 5 of College Football schedule.


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Paul Finebaum and Matt Millen discuss the NCAA’s decision to restore some of Penn State’s scholarships and more.

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Paul Finebaum and Gary Danielson discuss the Penn State news and chat about the upcoming weekend on the college gridiron.

Sep 242013
Drake and Paul Finebaum

Drake and Paul Finebaum

By Finebaum Fan.

ESPN radio host, Paul Finebaum, joined Canadian rapper, Drake, on ESPN’s SportCenter earlier today.

The two brought to mind the 1933 science fiction movie, “When Worlds Collide“.  Apparently, public perception of the two places them at opposite extremes of the spectrum.

Twitter exploded with comments related to that interview.  Here is some of that reaction.

Sep 242013

From by Chris Yuscavage.

Over the course of the last six months or so, Johnny Manziel and Drake have become best buds. Okay, maybe not best buds. But they’ve clearly become pretty good friends. In fact, back in April, Johnny Football credited Drake with helping him become a changed man during the college football offseason. He took a trip to Toronto to hang out with Drake and seemed genuinely touched by the way the rapper treated him during his visit.

“To meet the No. 1 person on my bucket list, and for him to treat me like he did and how that whole trip went for me,” Manziel said, “I came back a completely different person.”

During an appearance on ESPN First Take earlier today, Drake spoke about his friendship with Manziel and defended his recent actions both on and off the football field. He also talked about what he has been talking to Manziel about in order to try and turn him into a better football player.

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Sep 232013

From By Amy Daughters.

Ole Miss Coach Hugh Freeze

Ole Miss Coach Hugh Freeze

This just in, Ole Miss’s second-year head coach Hugh Freeze is more than just “that guy who was Michael Oher’s high school coach in The Blind Side.”  Freeze has the potential to make his part in the Oher story nothing more than the magical beginning of a storied career in the coaching.  So, what’s so special about Freeze, and how did he manage to rise from a high school coach to the head of an SEC program in less than 10 years?

The Climb

Freeze’s start in coaching came by means of a B.S. in Math with a minor in Coaching and Sports Administration from Southern Miss in 1992.  Wasting no time in putting his degree to work, after graduation Freeze became the offensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Briarcrest high school in Memphis, Tenn.   After serving in that capacity for three seasons, Freeze was promoted to head coach in 1995.

Not only did Freeze’s path prophetically collide with Oher’s during his nine years as the head coach at Briarcrest, he also led the school to state titles in 2002 and 2004.  Freeze followed Oher to Ole Miss in 2005 but initially not to the football field. Freeze’s first post in the college ranks was as Assistant Athletics Director for External Affairs.  This led to coach Ed Orgeron hiring him as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator, roles he served in from 2006 to 2007.  Freeze’s efforts led to Ole Miss signing—according to Rivals—the No. 15 ranked recruiting class in 2006, the highest in school history at that time.

Freeze moved on to coach NAIA Lambuth (located in Jackson, Tenn.) in 2008 and 2009.  He took a program that had only scored double-digit wins twice in history to a 12-1 finish in 2009.

After a brief stay at San Jose State as offensive coordinator, Freeze landed the OC job at Arkansas State.  In a single season he improved the Red Wolves offense from a No. 90 ranking in scoring a No. 42 rank.

Freeze was promoted to head coach at Arkansas State in 2011, where the offense improved further to a No. 31 ranking and the program to a 10-3 record.  This marked the best finish since 1986 (when it was a D I-AA school) and the first Sun Belt title since 2005.

Freeze was named the head coach at Ole Miss in December of 2011 and led the Rebels to a 7-6 finish in his first season.  In what has become a pattern for Freeze, Ole Miss improved its scoring offense from a No. 116 ranking in 2011 to a No. 44 rank in 2012.  He also managed to take a program that brought in—according to Rivals— the No. 40 ranked recruiting class in 2012 to the heights of a No. 7 ranked class in 2013.

What’s So Great About Freeze?

Well, if you like the underdog, Freeze is your guy in a wonderful combination of ways.

First, Freeze didn’t play college football and next, he’s someone who has spent more than half of his coaching career in the high school ranks.

No, this is not a coach that has “crème de la crème” and “prodigy” stamped on his resume.

His role at Ole Miss only serves to enhance this “little guy” mentality.  The Rebels—stationed in the powerful SEC West—aren’t perceived as having a realistic shot of knocking off Alabama and LSU, much less Texas A&M and Auburn.

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Sep 232013

Paul Finebaum: 9/23 – Hr. 1 Play Download

Paul Finebaum chats with Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze and “Tuscaloosa News” writer Cecil Hurt about next weekend’s matchup between Ole Miss and Alabama.

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Paul Finebaum chats with ESPN’s Travis Haney about whether Alabama and Ohio State should be nervous about their games next weekend.

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Paul Finebaum and AP writer Ralph Russo look back at Week 4 of the college football season and break down the AP Top 25.

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Paul Finebaum chats with ESPN Radio’s Freddie Coleman about the best games from Week 4 and the match ups to keep an eye on next week.

Sep 212013

Paul Finebaum: 9/20 – Hr. 1 PlayDownload

Paul Finebaum, Kirk Bohls and Cecil Hurt discuss Nick Saban’s denial of interest in the University of Texas headcoaching job.

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Paul Finebaum, Andy Staples (Sports Illustrated) and Brad Edwards talk about Week 4 of the college football season.

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Paul Finebaum shares his thoughts on Nick Saban’s future and Arian Foster’s admission that he accepted money while playing at University of Tennessee.

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Paul Finebaum and College Football News’ Russ Mitchell preview the Week 4 SEC matchups.

Sep 192013
Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban

Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban

From:  Collegefootball.Ap.Org by Jim Vertuno.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A few days after Alabama won the 2013 national championship, a University of Texas regent and a former regent talked with Nick Saban’s agent about the possibility of the Crimson Tide coach replacing Longhorns coach Mack Brown, The Associated Press has learned.

Regent Wallace Hall of Dallas told the AP he spoke by telephone with agent Jimmy Sexton a few days after the Jan. 7 game. Tom Hicks, a former regent who is the brother of current Regent Steve Hicks, also was on the call. Tom Hicks, the former owner of the Texas Rangers, the Dallas Stars and the English professional soccer team Liverpool, was a regent in 1997 when Brown came to Texas and was instrumental in hiring him away from North Carolina.

Two days after the call with Sexton, Tom Hicks met with Brown over lunch and told him about the call, according to several people who spoke with the AP. He asked Brown if he was ready to retire.

Brown, who had just finished his 15th season at Texas, said he wanted to keep coaching and the matter was dropped.

Brown, who is under contract until 2020 and will be paid $5.4 million this year, won the 2005 national title and lost to Saban’s Alabama team in the 2010 championship game. The Longhorns are 23-18 since that defeat and Brown is under fire from fans upset about a 1-2 start this year after consecutive lopsided losses to BYU and Mississippi.

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Sep 192013

“Darriel From Columbus” called Paul Finebaum today on ESPN Radio to complain about Finebaum’s program content.  It seems Darriel believes the show has too many interviews and not enough callers.

The Finebaum show is known for its cast of colorful callers.  According to New Yorker Magazine, “It’s basically an entertaining bar conversation with people that you’d never want to drink a beer with.”

Listen to the call again – it’s bound to become another Finebaum caller classic!

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Sep 192013

From by Lars Anderson.

Nebraska Head Coach Bo Peilni

Nebraska Head Coach Bo Peilni

We were having lunch at Highland Park Golf Course in Birmingham, Ala., eating hot dogs, sipping sweet tea and remembering. Three years ago, Bobby Bowden and I were discussing his legendary coaching career when the subject suddenly turned to Nebraska football fans.

I mentioned to Bowden that I grew up in Lincoln. Immediately, Bowden’s mind flashed back to the fall of 1980. He had taken his Seminoles into Memorial Stadium and, with less than a minute remaining in the fourth quarter, Florida State clung to an 18-14 lead. I was nine-years-old and sitting in the West stadium stands that afternoon, and three decades later Bowden and I replayed how Nebraska quarterback Jeff Quinn proceeded to fumble the ball at the Seminoles’ three-yard line. Game over.

Then something stunning happened — something Bowden remembered all those years later with the vivid detail of a firstborn’s wedding. The crowd in Lincoln rose to its feet in appreciation of the underdog ‘Noles. At first it was a polite clap, but then the noise swelled into one of the loudest roars of the day. As Bowden recalled the moment at lunch that afternoon in Birmingham, he got goosebumps.

“What a moment,” Bowden said, a smile lighting his face. “Wow. The classiest thing I ever experienced.”

Nebraskans, as Bowden learned that day in 1980, take extreme pride in being devoted, conscientious and respectful fans. Like any fan base, Huskers supporters can be intolerant at times — take Frank Solich’s firing in 2003, for example — but for the most part, they display as much patience and fidelity as any group in the nation. How else to explain the support for former coach Tom Osborne through the ’80s and early ’90s when he lost seven straight bowl games? Or why Memorial Stadium has been sold out every home game since the Kennedy administration (a record 328 games and counting)?

That includes every game under current coach Bo Pelini, who college football followers learned on Monday did the one thing that will get a coach run out of Nebraska faster than lampooning Willa Cather or blasting Johnny Carson: He ripped Huskers fans. According to a profanity-laced audiotape obtained by Deadspin (warning: language is NSFW), Pelini was irate with Nebraska fans following the team’s 34-27 win over Ohio State on Oct. 8, 2011. Pelini believed that a large portion of fans left at halftime when Nebraska trailed 20-6, though a female voice on the tape pointed out that many eventually returned to their seats.

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