Oct 162014
 
Herschel Walker

Herschel Walker

By Finebaum Fan.

Herschel Walker  joined Paul Finebaum today and talked about some of college football’s hottest topics.

The 1982 Heisman Trophy winner gave very candid answers to questions about  suspended University of Georgia running back, Todd Gurley, and not yet to be suspended Florida State quarterback, Jameis Winston.

Like Gurley, Walker played running back for the University of Georgia, where he was a three-time All-American and winner of the Maxwell Award.

“I know Jameis Winston…  is a young man who needs some guidance.  He’s a young man who needs someone to sit down and talk to him.” – Herschel Walker

We’ll pick up the conversation where it began after an aborted attempt to speak with Finebaum due to a bad phone connection:

Play Herschel Walker Discusses Todd Gurley and Jameis Winston

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Oct 092014
 
Nick Saban At Kent State

Nick Saban At Kent State

By Finebaum Fan.

In his weekly appearance on “Hey Coach”, Alabama Coach Nick Saban revealed that he had experienced the same injury that Alabama running back, Kenyan Drake, sustained in the October 4th game against The University of Mississippi.

Drake suffered a horrible leg injury in the second quarter against Ole Miss. During a tangled pileup, his left ankle twisted violently and he shouted so loudly that his voice was audible on CBS’ broadcast.

Saban played defensive back for the Kent State University football team under coach Don James.

Said Saban, “When I was a player in college, I got the SAME injury as he (Kenyan Drake) had…”

Here’s the audio with an update on Drake’s condition:

Play Nick Saban on Kenyan Drake Injury

“Hey Coach” originates live from Bob’s Victory Grille in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Mar 072014
 
Sneak Peek of Paul Finebaum's upcoming book

A Sneak Peek of Paul Finebaum’s Upcoming Book

From Al.com by Bob Carlton.

March 26, 2013

Sports-talk radio personality Paul Finebaum has agreed to a major book deal with publisher HarperCollins to co-write a memoir about his popular call-in show, “The Paul Finebaum Radio Network,” and its impact on SEC football.

“Primarily, it’s about the culture of the show and how the culture of the show interacts with the SEC,” Finebaum told AL.com. “But it does quickly go through my career and how we got to this point.

“There will be commentary on why the SEC is better than everyone else,” Finebaum added. “It will certainly talk about the dominance of not only Alabama, but the conference. The (radio) show will be woven in and out of the book, featuring little vignettes on the callers.”

“No one speaks to SEC Nation — and Alabama fans in particular — with more passion, knowledge and humor than Paul Finebaum,” HarperCollins Senior Vice President and Executive Editor David Hirshey said in an email. “We expect this book to occupy the same spot  on the best-seller list that Alabama occupies in the BCS rankings — number one.”

The book is scheduled for an August 2014 release.


Thanks to Ben Flanagan, we have our first peek at Paul Finebaum’s new book due out later this year.

UPDATED:
Listen to Ben’s interview with Paul Finebaum about the book and read his story at al.com.

Mar 032014
 
Arizona Coach Rich Rodriguez

Arizona Coach Rich Rodriguez

From YouTube Posted By ArizonaAthletics.

Was this a shot at Alabama Coach Nick Saban?

“Well I think there’s some coaches that have a hidden agenda. They want to slow the game down. They think fast-paced offense is leading to more injuries. There’s no evidence at all that says that. I just think they don’t want to evolve the game. People enjoy the game. They want to see action. They don’t want to see huddles or people holding hands or singing ‘Cumbaya.’”
– Arizona Coach Rich Rodriguez

Feb 072014
 
Penn State commit Koa Farmer with coach James Franklin during a campus visit. (Instagram photo, Koa Farmer)

Penn State commit Koa Farmer with coach James Franklin during a campus visit. (Instagram photo, Koa Farmer)

By Finebaum Fan.

The day after his interview with James Franklin went viral around the college football world, ESPN radio host, Paul Finebaum, took time on air to reflect on it with his audience.

Franklin, head football coach at Penn State, has been criticized for “poaching” five recruits who had committed to Vanderbilt – a practice popularly known as “flipping recruits”.

Finebaum began the show with an analysis of the interview.

“That was not something I was in the weeds waiting for.  I’ve been friends with James Franklin for a while.”

“I’ve been a fan of his for a long time.  I think my record is pretty public on that. This isn’t a coach that I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into.”

He went on to elaborate on the thoughts he had during the interview.

“I was expecting James Franklin, the person I know and have great respect for, to give an honest answer.”

“I just felt like I needed to try to get an answer because he went into ‘coach speak'”.

“That’s all there was to it… But I just felt like I needed to explain that.”

“I’ve always liked him. Yesterday’s interview didn’t change any of that.  I just felt like he gave a really bad answer…”

Franklin appeared on the Dan Patrick Show in January to discuss recruiting etiquette and his reasoning for flipping Vanderbilt commits to Penn State.

Listen to a compilation of comments made by Finebaum and some of his callers during the show:

Play Paul Finebaum Reflects On James Franklin Interview

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 The Paul Finebaum Radio Show Twitter Smackdown

Feb 052014
 

James FranklinBy Finebaum Fan.

James Franklin was recently hired as head football coach by Penn State University after three successful seasons with Vanderbilt University.

Franklin has been criticized for signing players he recruited to Vanderbilt to scholarships with Penn State.

He appeared today as a guest on The Paul Finebaum Show and the host was not bashful in breaching the subject of “flipping recruits”.

Listen to the complete interview as things got a little uncomfortable as it progressed:

Play Penn State Coach James Franklin Grilled By Paul Finebaum

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Related: Paul Finebaum Reflects On National Signing Day Interview With Penn State Coach, James Franklin

Here is some of the reaction on Twitter:


Feb 052014
 

telephone270x200By Finebaum Fan.

The Auburn Tigers lost five-star recruit Rashaad Evans to cross-state rival, The University of Alabama, from right out of their own backyard.

And according to Tammy, perhaps Auburn’s most well-known fan, “It don’t matter… Paul “Bam” Finebaum!”

Listen to the entire call as Tammy explains, “If he don’t wanna come to Auburn, we don’t want ’em no way!”

Play Tammy On 2014 National Signing Day - It Don't Matter!

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Feb 052014
 


Today On The Paul Finebaum Show

Dec 142013
 
Mack Brown and Nick Saban share a smile before the 2010 BCS title game won by Alabama. (Associated Press file)

Mack Brown and Nick Saban before the 2010 BCS title game. (Associated Press file)

By Finebaum Fan.

The University of Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban and The University of Texas Head Coach Mack Brown are friends.

Texas Coach Mack Brown on the Tim Brando Show:

“Nick is a friend and he’s done a tremendous job at Alabama.  Nick’s not trying to get my job, I mean, I know Nick.  So I don’t have to worry about that.”

Is it outside the realm of possibility that the two may have planned for a mutually beneficial resolution to the “Saban to Texas” story?

This is my summation.  It may be closer to the truth than some of the other stories you have been reading.

You know the tune

 

The Devil Went Down To Texas

“The Devil” went down to Texas, he was lookin’ for some money to steal,
he was in a bind ’cause the Tide fans whined, and he was willing to make a deal.
When he came across a buddy sitting on a seat and saying, “It’s hot!”,
Nick Saban jumped up on a pasture fence and said, “Mack Brown, let me tell you what.”

“I bet you surely know it – that I’m a ball coach, too.
And, if you’d care to take a dare; I’ll make a bet for you.
Now, you coach some pretty good football, Mack, but give ol’ Nick his due.
I’ll get a contract of gold and save your soul ’cause they think I’m better than you.”

Then Mack said, “You know, it’s funny and it might make me grin,
you make that bet; and they’re gonna regret ’cause you’re the best that’s ever been.”

Nicky, you open up your pen and coach your football hard.
‘Cause Hell’s broke loose in Texas and Jim Sexton deals the cards.
And if you win you get a shiny contract made of gold,
But if you lose, Bevo get’s your soul.

Ol’ Red opened up his book and he said,”I’ll write this check.”
And fire flew from his Montblanc pen and he gave ol’ Mack heck.
And he pulled the pen across the check – he knew he couldn’t miss.
And a herd of longhorns joined right in and sounded something like this.

“There’re rumors in Texas;  Gone, Mack, gone!”
“When Saban get’s here, we’ll be number one!”
“Miss Terry flew to Texas looking for a home.”
“You know Nick Saban loves to roam!”

“They’re firing in Austin; Run, Mack, run!”
“Nick Saban’s in the house of the burning orange.”
“Miss Terry’s in Austin!  It’s all done!”
“Bama, is the money tight?  Hook ’em horns!”

When McCombs finished, Saban said, “Well, you’re pretty good ol’ son,
But sit right down at that bar right there and let ME show you how it’s done.”

“They’re hiring in Austin; Pride, Mack, Pride!”
“Nick Saban’s in the house of the Rollin’ Tide!”
“Jimmy’s in T-town looking for dough.”
“Miss Terry, is the house right?  No, child, no.”

“Here comes Bevo;  Run, boys, run!”
“Nick Saban’s here to have a little fun.”
“Jimmy’s in T-town picking up dough.”
“Miss Terry move to Texas?  No, child, no.”

The Longhorn bowed his head because he knew that he’d been beat.
And he laid that golden contract on the ground at Saban’s feet.
Nicky said, “Bevo, just come on back if you ever wanna try again.
‘Cause I’ve told you once, in two thousand ten, I’m the best coach ever been!”

“There’s a hiring in Austin; Mack Is Back!”
“Nick Saban’s smilin’ with a new contract.”
“Jimmy’s in T-town spending his dough.”
“Nick Saban To Texas?  No, Hell, no!”

 

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