Jan 172014

telephone270x200By Finebaum Fan.

Lars Anderson, journalism professor at the University of Alabama and award-winning writer at Sports Illustrated, joined Paul Finebaum today for the broadcast of “The Paul Finebaum Radio Show”.

Late in the program, “Andy From Ohio” called in to discuss The University of Alabama football and Tuscaloosa Menswear controversy.

He began his call with shot or two at Finebaum’s resident caller, “Jim from Tuscaloosa” before he began elaborating on the subject.

As he has in the past, Finebaum seized the opportunity to pit “caller vs. caller” to deliver “radio gold”.

Finebaum referred to it as “one of the all-time calls”.

Anderson likened the phone call to a prize-fight. When asked by Finebaum who won the decision, Anderson replied,”That was a big beat down there.  Andy – all the way.”

Andy is an attorney from Perrysburg, Ohio, and well – Jim is Jim. The results were inevitable.

Listen to the call and the reaction of Finebaum callers – Will in Ohio, Joe in Michigan, Reverend, Jeff from Washington D.C., and Jimmy:

Play Andy From Ohio Delivers Beat Down To Jim From Tuscaloosa

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Nov 202013

From Sportsillustrated.Cnn.com.

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 092013

From SportsIllustrated.cnn.com 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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Sep 292013
Miley Kiffin

Lane Kiffin morphs into Miley Cyrus on Cosmo Cover

Less than 24 hours after ESPN’s Paul Finebaum called Lane Kiffin “the Miley Cyrus of college football”, Kiffin was out as head football coach at the University of Southern California.

Finebaum appeared on  ESPN’s College GameDay Saturday morning and blasted Kiffin on national TV.  There is no doubt that USC movers and shakers were in the audience.

“In some respects, Lane Kiffin is the Miley Cyrus of College Football.  He has very little talent, but we simply can’t keep our eyes off of him.”

He went on to predict that Kiffin would be fired soon and enforced a common public perception that the USC coach often appears childish.

“I think Kiffin will be gone at the end of the season. For the sake of SC fans, I hope this time around the school will hire an adult to be its next head coach.”

Finebaum has a reputation for his relentless pursuit of under-performing college football coaches.  According to an old show introduction, The Paul Finebaum Show  is where MOST college football coaches are fired.

Play Old Paul Finebaum Show Opening

So, it came as no surprise that Finebaum had Kiffin “in his cross hairs”, but did we expect the radio host’s prediction would come true by the end of the weekend?

The USC Trojans fired coach Lane Kiffin this morning – hours after loosing to the Arizona State Sun Devils 62-41 .

A statement on the USC website indicated that Trojans athletic director, Pat Haden, broke the news to Kiffin.

A source told ESPN’s Joe Schad that Trojans assistant head coach Ed Orgeron will be named interim coach.  Orgeron is also USC’s recruiting coordinator and defensive-line coach.

Sep 102013

From: PrNewsWire.com

T. Boone Pickens statement on Sports Illustrated article on Oklahoma State University football by George Dohrmann and Thayer Evans.

The following is a statement by T. Boone Pickens:

There’s one word I have for the Sports Illustrated reporting on Oklahoma State University: Disappointing.

This series is not reflective of Oklahoma State University today. Many of their sensational allegations go back a decade ago.

There have been wholesale changes at the school in recent years in leadership and facilities. During that time, I have given more than $500 million to OSU, for athletics and academics. Have I gotten my money’s worth? You bet. We have a football program that has a commitment to principled sportsmanship. They understand the expectations we, as fans and supporters, have for the program. We have an incredible and growing fan base, and a loyal group of alums that believe in the character of our players, coaches and administrators.

But I do welcome this scrutiny. If people take the time, it’s an opportunity to better understand where Oklahoma State is today, not a decade ago. It’s a different university today. It’s a better university. If there are areas where we need to improve, we’ll do it.

Which leads me back to my disappointment with Sports Illustrated, and their failure to ask the most important question of all: What’s happening at OSU today?

Sep 102013

From Ajc.com by Andy Johnston.

Nick Saban isn’t going to replace Texas coach Mack Brown.

At least not right now.

But a Sports Illustrated blogger assumed Saban would be interviewing to replace the embattled Brown as early as this week, thanks to a Twitter joke by the all-powerful Paul Finebaum.

Here’s what Finebaum tweeted Saturday.

SI put together a blog and posted it this morning. It has since been removed, but here’s a portion of it:

“Paul Finebaum of ESPN Radio tweeted Sunday that a source said Alabama head coach Nick Saban will visit with Texas officials, possibly this week.”

One of the problems is that Finebaum didn’t say anywhere in his tweet that Saban will be meeting with Texas officials. It said only that Saban will be in Texas “as early as this Friday,” which, of course, is when Alabama will fly to that state for its game at Texas A&M on Saturday.

It’s tough to find the funny in Finebaum’s tweet, and to joke about breaking news like that is poor judgment. But SI has enough writers and resources to double check and find alternative sources to breaking news and whether they merit stories.

Sep 102013

From Espn.go.com by Associated Press

STILLWATER, Okla. — Oklahoma State athletic director Mike Holder apologized to his fellow athletic directors around the Big 12 Conference on Monday in advance of what’s expected to be a scathing expose of the football program by Sports Illustrated.

“I apologize to all the athletic directors in the conference for what’s about to happen, for what’s about to be said about a member institution,” Holder said at a news conference without taking questions. “That reflects on everyone, all our brothers and peers, we’re very remorseful about that.”

The school announced over the weekend that SI had notified it of the upcoming series, which details transgressions by the football program starting in 2001. Oklahoma State said it has notified the NCAA and launched its own investigation.

Sports Illustrated, in a news release sent Monday, gave highlights of the five-part series that will begin Tuesday with a posting on SI.com. The magazine says it conducted interviews with more than 60 former Oklahoma State players who played for the school from 2001-10.

Among the allegations of misconduct and potential NCAA violations are:

• An Oklahoma State assistant coach paid cash bonuses to players of up to $500 for performance.

• Oklahoma State boosters and at least two assistant coaches funneled money to players and provided sham jobs for which players were paid.

• Tutors and other school personnel completed school work for players and professors gave passing grades for little or no work.

• The program’s drug policy was selectively enforced, allowing some star players to go unpunished for repeated positive tests.

• Some members of a hostess program used by the football coaching staff during the recruitment of players had sex with recruits.

LSU coach Les Miles was head coach at Oklahoma State from 2001-04, when the program began to emerge from years of mediocrity. Current coach Mike Gundy took over in 2005 and the Cowboys have grown into a Big 12 power.

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