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Urban Meyer would make a lot of sense at USC

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Gene Smith the current Ohio State Atheltic Director is on the list as a potential candidate at Southern California according to Dan Patrick on his radio show Friday. Which, as Patrick speculated, would immediately bring into play Smith’s former football coach the current FOX College Football analyst Urban Meyer.

As far as a return to coaching, most recently Meyer has said he’s not there right now but that his feelings could change in a year or two. Which could easily be interpreted as saying, if the right job came along he would be interested.

Meyer in Los Angeles, the pressure is there baby, but then again it’s not. It’s not concentrated as it is is in central Florida or central Ohio where the economy, the focus, the air breathes and dies with Gator and Buckeye football. Make no mistake about it, USC football is not UCLA football, it’s not a mere sideshow in La La land, but it’s not the same microscope.

Meyer could win at USC.

But here’s why it won’t happen.

Meyer’s stress level as a football analyst is next to nill. He’s got a big barrier between him and his enemies-it’s called a TV network which simply doesn’t care. Public universities are held to different standards then entertainment organizations. Urban can and will have a comfortable life as a college football analyst.

Urban Meyer is not a stranger to the west, having led Utah football to heights unknown before his Florida gig. Recruiting is his specialty.

Urban could rock USC, but it probably won’t happen.

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Jim Harbaugh, College Football’s best copy

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I like Jim Harbaugh a lot. I call him Jimmy. I do not know him personally other than watching him lead a somewhat decent Indianapolis Colts team to the 1995 AFC Championship game. If Jim Harbaugh could take the Indianapolis Colts to an AFC Championship game, he can do anything in my mind.

He won at San Diego State, he won at Stanford. He won in the NFL but grew distasteful for the business side and tight control from ownership.

Harbaugh’s home is in the college ranks where he can spin the virtues of milk consumption to his student-athletes. He makes the U-M experience the Harbaugh experience, complete with the wisdom from pops former college football coach Jack Harbaugh.

Jim Harbaugh is not leaving Michigan anytime soon or by his own accord. But as sports in the 21st century goes, there are a few templates for debate and discussion that makes keeping up with the social media madness possible. One possible storyline that never dies, is “will the coach get fired?”  This brings about endless amounts of fodder and copy and filled airtime for many a blog, website, twitter space, facebook page and podcast. By the way, Jim Harbaugh has a podcast called “Attack Each Day“.

Nothing makes a sports fan more connected and empowered than the proverbial let’s fire the coach tweet after a loss to a rival.

 

 

After Saturday’s loss to Ohio State, a reporter from a Toledo, Ohio TV station asked him what the deal was?

Actually, his exact question to Harbaugh went as follows:

“Is it a talent gap, is it a preparation gap, is it a coaching gap, what is the biggest difference between you and Ohio State at this point?”

Harbaugh replied, “I’ll answer your questions, not your insults.”

The fiery head coach. We love it. Harbaugh couldn’t get away with that in the pros-unless he reached Belecheckian levels of Super Bowl success.

The reporter was credentialed by the Michigan Athletic Department, which is not quite as surprising as finding out that Toledo is UM country, not Buckeye territory in the state of Ohio.

By the way, he got a follow-up question and Harbaugh basically said Ohio State is very good.

The reporter got it right when he said a talent gap. Ohio State is an NFL factory. Every starter seems to goes to the NFL. And a ton of Ohio State players are drafted high. In 2019, two first-rounders Nick Bosa and Dwyane Haskins.

Michigan has had a decent year. 9-3 overall with three losses, all coming in the Big Ten to ranked opponents Wisconsin, Penn State and now Ohio State.

Jim Harbaugh can coach. His mere presence keeps the pot stirring and the wheels turning on the college football machine.

 

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Sports Media Daily Reads: Steve Spurrier, The Walker Cup, NFL Ratings

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Steve Spurrier will host his own local sports radio show in Gainesville, Florida on the U of F owned ESPN radio affiliate WRUF, according to Barrett Sports Media.

Here’s to the Ol’ Ball coach sharing his wisdom for the Gator faithful.

The Walker Cup was not on TV, anywhere reports Alex Miceli of The Morning Read.

The NFL’s Thursday Night Kickoff Game between the Bears and the Packers on NBC doubled its TV ratings from one year ago, per Deadline.

Sunday Night Football between the Patriots and the Steelers saw a slight increase in ratings from 2018. According to Sports TV Ratings on Twitter, NBC drew a 14.8 rating Sunday night compared to 14.4 in 2018.

ESPN’s Jason Benetti made an innocent joke and people were up in arms-Awful Announcing.

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NFL: Aaron Rodgers speaks the truth about Andrew Luck

Aaron Rodgers says Andrew Luck’s decision to retire was “selfless, not selfish”

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Aaron Rodgers, like a ton of NFL players, who actually are employed as professional football players made a ton of sense regarding Andrew Luck’s retirement.

Believe it or not, Rodgers tends to understand that wanting to sacrifice your mind body and life for a paycheck and fame really isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. And it’s really not about being a teammate or a competitor it’s about sacrificing your body and possibly your brain for a paycheck so that other’s can get rich off your physical talent.

Here’s what Rodgers said Tuesday in Green Bay, per Rob Demovsky of ESPN:

“I thought it was pretty disgusting,” Rodgers said Monday.

“He’s making a really tough decision and then before that, he makes the decision, I don’t know why that doesn’t stay in house to kind of protect him a little bit. Although when I think about it, I thought it would’ve been more of a standing-ovation type thing and a thank you than boos.”


“I, 100 percent, respect him immensely for his decision. I salute him for choosing quality of life. He’s a fantastic player, he had a great career and he’s got a lot to be proud of. Like many of us in this locker room, if not all of us, we all have interests outside of football. Andrew is an extremely bright guy, and I’m sure he’ll have a lot of things to transition into. I know what it’s like to deal with rehab and going through injuries. I’ve been on IR twice. It’s tough. He was on it pretty much for an entire season and next offseason trying to get his arm back. Again, in my opinion, not playing with him but just reading what his teammates said, tough guy. What he went through to get himself back on the field is what it means to be a leader and I’m excited for him.”

Rodgers called Luck’s decision “very selfless, not selfish.”

“If he’s not going to play this season, he could have played this season and sat on IR and taken the paycheck,” Rodgers said.

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