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Sneak Peek of Paul Finebaum's upcoming book

A Sneak Peek of Paul Finebaum’s Upcoming Book

From 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 “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.

Listen to Ben’s interview with Paul Finebaum about the book and read his story at

Nov 212013

By Finebaum Fan.

“Iron Bowl” week has started early this year. Fans of the Alabama Crimson Tide have already banked the win over the University of Tennessee Chattanooga Mocs this upcoming Saturday.

In light of the recent developments in Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston’s legal issues, Bama fans are speculating that he may fall from grace as Cam Newton did at the University of Florida.

Die-hard fans of the Tide have long accused Auburn of “buying” Cam Newton for $180,000.00.  There are more than a few who have suggested that Winston may be on the market soon.

We thought we would give you a peek at what the future may hold for “Jaboo”.

What's In The Future For Jameis Winston?

What’s In The Future For Jameis Winston?

Jameis Winston admires his 2014 Heisman Trophy.

Jameis Winston admires his 2014 Heisman Trophy.


Nov 202013


Alabama Crimson Tide QB A.J. McCarron

Alabama Crimson Tide QB A.J. McCarron

While quarterback AJ McCarron may not generate the same level of Heisman Trophy hype as counterparts Johnny Manziel or Jameis Winston, the Alabama star was recognized with another honor this week. As he continues his quest for a third consecutive BCS title, McCarron graces the cover of the most recent issue of Sports Illustrated.

McCarron has won 35 games over the course of his Crimson Tide career, and he has passed for 2,228 yards with 21 touchdowns and five interceptions in 2013. Still, in some circles, the senior is labeled as a “game manager.” Writes executive editor L. Jon Wertheim:

“McCarron might be almost as well known for his arm candy as his arm strength, his body ink as his body of work. But let’s be clear: He’s not just one of the great Alabama quarterbacks. AJ McCarron is on the short list of the most successful players in the history of college football. Even if not many think of him that way.”

In the story, Wertheim explores the dichotomy between McCarron’s reputation in Alabama and across the nation, touching on his high-profile relationship with Katherine Webb and his leadership role in the locker room.

“By conventional metrics, McCarron is not going to elevate eyebrows. He will not often throw for 300 yards, the way, say, Manziel, Oregon’s Marcus Mariota and Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater will. He’s not a dual threat.

“Then again, if you want to build a case for McCarron, you could do worse than starting here: He has as many national championships as he does defeats.”

Following last Saturday’s 20-7 victory over Mississippi State, ‘Bama is 10-0. It closes the regular season with matchups against Chattanooga (Nov. 23) and rival Auburn (Nov. 30).

Oct 232013

Paul Finebaum Hr. 1: 10/23/13  Download


Paul Finebaum chats with Joe Tessitore about what to expect from this weekend’s showdown between South Carolina and Missouri.

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Paul Finebaum chats with Dan Wolken (USA Today CFB) about the BCS standings, the Heisman race and the NCAA’s ruling against Miami.

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Paul Finebaum and Chris Fallica (ESPN GameDay) give their Week 8 picks and take questions from callers.

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Paul Finebaum and ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit preview Week 8’s matchups.

Oct 232013

"Jim from Tuscaloosa" and Danny Kanell

“Jim from Tuscaloosa” and Danny Kanell

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Oct 222013

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Paul Finebaum chats with Dan Wetzel and John Infante about the sanctions laid down by the NCAA on the University of Miami.

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Paul Finebaum chats with Trevor Matich about Week 8 of the CFB season, and Chuck Todd on the University of Miami rulings by the NCAA.

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Paul Finebaum discusses Danny Kanell’s BCS top 3 ranked teams, and previews Week 8 games of the CFB season.

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Paul Finebaum chats with Gary Danielson (CBS, SEC analyst) about Auburn’s upset of Texas A&M and previews the Alabama / Tennessee match up.

Oct 182013


College of Communication and Information Dean Mike Wirth (left) with Paul Finebaum. College of Communication and Information Dean Mike Wirth Paul Finebaum

College of Communication and Information Dean Mike Wirth (left) with Paul Finebaum.

He has been called the “Voice of the SEC,” one of the most powerful people in sports media, the “King of the South,” and the “Oprah Winfrey of college football.”

Now, Paul Finebaum can be called a University of Tennessee accomplished alumnus.

The 1978 political science graduate was honored with the Accomplished Alumni Award, which recognizes notable alumni for their success and distinction within their field.

Finebaum, considered the leading sports authority in the South, joined ESPN in 2013. He does a regional radio show from Charlotte, North Carolina, and appears on a variety of other ESPN shows and outlets, including SportsCenter, College Football Live, College GameDay, and in ESPN The Magazine. In August 2014, when ESPN’s SEC Network launches, a television simulcast of Finebaum’s radio show will anchor the network’s afternoon lineup.

Prior to joining ESPN, he served as host of the Paul Finebaum Radio Network, which was syndicated on stations throughout the south including Alabama, Mississippi, South Carolina, and Tennessee and heard nationally on Sirius XM Radio.

Finebaum’s work has earned him more than 250 national, regional, and local sports writing awards including being named one of Sports Illustrated‘s Most Powerful People in Sports Media in 2013, one of The Tennessean‘s Top SEC Power Brokers in 2002, and one of the Orlando Sentinel‘s 10 most powerful people in the SEC in 2009. Finebaum has been profiled in publications such as The New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal and the book, Great Call: Why the Finebaum Show is America’s Barbershop. He also has written two books, The Worst of Paul Finebaum and Finebaum Said and is currently working on a book about his career for HarperCollins Publishers.

Finebaum’s award was presented by College of Communication and Information Dean Mike Wirth at a small alumni event at ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut.

“I graduated with a degree in political science but it was the classes I took in the College of Communication and Information and my experience working at the Daily Beacon that helped me to develop the skills that got me where I am today,” said Finebaum. “I am very honored and grateful to receive the Accomplished Alumni Award. It has brought this proud UT graduate closer to his alma mater.”

Finebaum joins a variety of outstanding alumni who have been featured through the Accomplished Alumni program, including CEOs of major corporations, Olympians, authors, lawyers, musicians, US ambassadors, and civic leaders.

To view other Accomplished Alumni, visit the Office of Alumni Affairs and Development.

Oct 092013

From By Michael_Rosenberg.

Inspired by "Jim from Tuscaloosa"

Image Inspired by “Jim from Tuscaloosa”

Condoleezza Rice helped lead the United States into one of the most controversial wars in our nation’s history, but we can’t let her participate in serious business like planning a college football playoff. THAT would be OUTRAGEOUS. After all, Rice lacks the proper qualifications, and by “qualifications,” I mean “a penis”.

That seems to be the big complaint about Rice. I don’t know how many people are making it, but a few is too many. So before this becomes the dumbest movement in sports, let’s squash it.

Rice was selected to be on the committee to select four team’s for the first-ever College Football Playoff next year, and ESPN’s David Pollack and former Auburn coach Pay Dye are not happy.

Pollack: “I want people on this committee that can watch tape, that have played football, that are around football, that can tell you different teams on tape, not on paper.”

So no women?


Pollack later tweeted that this wasn’t about male or female. Of course it isn’t. It’s about whether Rice might have the cooties.

Dye told WJOX radio in Birmingham, Ala.: “All she knows about football is what somebody told her. Or what she read in a book, or what she saw on television. To understand football, you’ve got to play with your hand in the dirt. … I love Condoleezza Rice and she’s probably a good statesman and all of that but how in the hell does she know what it’s like out there when you can’t get your breath and it’s 110 degrees and the coach asks you to go some more?”

Dye also pointed out that, “the game is played on the field,” a helpful tip for anybody who wonders why there are no yard lines in the parking lot.

Hey, if trying to catch your breath in 110-degree heat is an important qualification, the committee should include anybody who has ever tried to walk to lunch in Phoenix. The criticism of Rice is silly and sexist, and it shows a fundamental misunderstanding of what she is expected to do.

The playoff committee is supposed to determine which four teams are most qualified to play for the national title. That is it. Rice is smart enough and diligent enough to do that. The task has nothing to do with putting your hand in the dirt.

Play Pat Dye Comments on Condaleezza Rice On WJOX Opening Drive

Pete Rozelle, the greatest commissioner in NFL history, never played football. Mike Leach, one of the great coaching minds in college football, never played college football. Charlie Weis never … well, OK, bad example.

As with most sexism, the backlash against Rice is not about a hatred of women. It’s about protecting turf. It’s about insiders trying to keep outsiders out.

I’m sure that Pollack and Dye believe they are not speaking from a sexist place. They think they are protecting the game. But why did they feel the urge to do it? Because Rice is a woman, that’s why.

Quick: Name the members of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament selection committee. You can’t, can you? As my colleague Seth Davis pointed out on Twitter, Texas-San Antonio athletic director Lynn Hickey served a five-year term on that committee. She was the second woman to do so.

I bet Pollack and Dye don’t even know who is supposed to join Rice on the football committee. One of the people is longtime sportswriter Steve Wieberg, who is built like a kicker’s little brother. Where is the outrage about Wieberg? (And I’m not trying to start any — he will be great.)

But then, most people have no idea who has been determining the Bowl Championship Series title-game matchup for the last decade and a half. Who did you think was behind all those computer rankings, folks? Mean Joe Greene?

Rice served as the provost of Stanford, she is a huge college football fan, and she has dealt with much more complicated problems than this. She is one of many people on the committee. Unlike college coaches, athletic directors or conference commissioners, she has no financial stake in the selections.

And if she brings the perspective of somebody who didn’t have a hand in the dirt, that is actually wonderful. She can bring a more detached and reasoned perspective than the “eye test” or conventional wisdom. That’s what analytics experts have brought to every sport, and they have made teams and leagues smarter.

The college football committee needs outsiders. It should not be made up entirely of outsiders, and it won’t be, but adding somebody like Rice is helpful.

This silliness is reminiscent of Augusta National’s longtime determination to be an all-male golf club. That club’s unofficial policy, like this resistance to Rice, was about power. Augusta National’s members kept women out because they could, and they wouldn’t cave to anybody. Last year, they finally realized that the gender of your playing partner doesn’t make a damn bit of difference when you hit a fat eight-iron into Rae’s Creek. Fittingly, one of the women they invited to join was Rice.

College football has many problems. Condoleezza Rice’s place on the selection committee is not one of them.

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Oct 022013

From Tuscaloosa Magazine.

Paul Finebaum Fom Tuscaloosa Magazine

Paul Finebaum Fom Tuscaloosa Magazine

Paul Finebaum, who hosts The Paul Finebaum Radio Show on ESPN radio, appears today on the cover of  The Tuscaloosa News  magazine “Tuscaloosa” .

Cecil Hurt of  Tide interviewed Finebaum about his career and move to ESPN.