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Fox To Launch College Football Pregame Show

“The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand says the network has put together a cast that sources claim it feels represent the “Mount Rushmore of college football over the last fifteen years.”

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Forget FS1! Fox is mounting a challenge to ESPN’s College Gameday, and it is going to do it on network television.

The New York Post’s Andrew Marchand says the network has put together a cast that sources claim it feels represent the “Mount Rushmore of college football over the last fifteen years.” Maybe it could be more accurately called a “Mount Rushmore of college football over the last fifteen years if Nick Saban didn’t exist.”

Taking the places of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt are former USC teammates Matt Leinart and Reggie Bush, former Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn, and former Ohio State and Florida coach Urban Meyer. Rob Stone will serve as the host of the show.

Leinart and Stone are being relocated from FS1, where they hosted studio coverage on Saturday’s alongside Robert Smith and Dave Wannsteadt. Quinn had been providing color commentary on games on Fox and FS1.

The model is similar to the one Fox employs for the NFL and Major League Baseball. The show is anchored by a respected broadcaster and analysis is provided by multiple hall of famers (or hall of famers-to-be) in the respective sports.

Urban Meyer is an interesting addition. He retired last year after another Big Ten championship at Ohio State, but a cloud of suspicion and controversy hung over him and his team all season due to his handling of domestic violence accusations against wide receivers coach Zach Smith.

He is considerably older than his castmates. He and Stone will be the only two on the show over 40. Meyer is the only one over 50.

Whatever the pregame show ends up being called, it is an interesting experiment in college football broadcasting. ESPN’s College Gameday has long been considered the sport’s gold standard, and a gold standard amongst pregame shows in general. ESPN has never had a true competitor in the college football realm though.

CBS provides an hour long preview of their SEC game each week, but that airs while ESPN and FS1 are airing live games. The new Fox show will be the first time ESPN has faced serious competition in the form of another national pregame show looking to set the stage for the entire day.

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Return of Bob Iger Puts Pac-12 ‘Not Exactly In A Great Place’

“I think it’s even more evident it’s not gonna happen. These places aren’t gonna spend big money on the Pac-12.”

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The Pac-12 is currently in a media rights negotiation with partners for its next TV deal after the departure of USC and UCLA. The conference has remained committed to the stance that it feels it can match the dollar amount given to the Big 12 from FOX and ESPN. However, Andrew Marchand of The New York Post isn’t so confident.

During The Marchand and Ourand Sports Media Podcast, Marchand said the recent return of Bob Iger as Disney CEO, coupled with recent layoffs from Amazon, could spell bad news for the PAC 12’s quest to match what the Big 12 received.

“Do I still think they can get the same number as the Big 12? I do, but you start thinking about where this is going and that’s not exactly a great place to be if you’re the Pac-12. They might get the number, but the idea that they’ll get a lot more than the Big 12 — which I’ve already said is not gonna happen — I think it’s even more evident it’s not gonna happen. These places aren’t gonna spend big money on the Pac-12…I think there’s some rough waters out in the Pacific.”

Marchand said if the University of California Board of Regents won’t allow UCLA to join the Big Ten as expected, the conference would then set its sights on Washington and Oregon, which would continue to decimate the Pac-12.

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Ray Didinger Thought NFL Films Was Joking When Approached About Upcoming Special

“I’ve always contended that NFL Films could make anything interesting, and they actually managed to do that with me. So that’s the ultimate proof of it.”

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Philadelphia media icon Ray Didinger has a career story worth telling, and that’s why NFL Films will be focusing on it for an upcoming edition of NFL Films Presents…

Didinger, who worked for more than two decades at NFL Films working his way up to the role of senior producer, told Dom Giordano on 1210 WPHT on Tuesday that he was actually surprised when producer Chris Barlow approached him with the idea.

“When NFL Films told me they wanted to do this, I thought they were joking,” Didinger said. “When (Barlow) sent me the email and said we want to do a show about you (and Tommy McDonald), I thought he was just pulling my leg.”

Didinger stated that he was fortunate to have the chance to have his story told. He’s looking forward to fans being able to check out the show, which airs at 12:30 a.m. on Friday on FS1.

“It really turned out well,” he said. “I saw the rough cut of it, and it’s really neat.”

“NFL Films, they are the state of the art in sports cinematography there’s no question about that,” he added. “I’ve always contended that NFL Films could make anything interesting, and they actually managed to do that with me. So that’s the ultimate proof of it.”

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Kay Adams: Pat McAfee Has Built ‘The Dream’

“it’s interesting because he’s built himself to such a place that he does not need anyone and that is the dream.”

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Many in sports media respect what former NFL punter Pat McAfee has accomplished in his media endeavors. You can add FanDuel TV host Kay Adams to that list.

“I’m just blown away by the success and by the leverage he has,” Adams said on the My Other Passion podcast. “It is uncanny, it is aspirational, and it is self-made, so it is a beautiful thing. I — of course — watch what he does. I don’t want to be just like him but I do think he is so disruptive.

“He has such a chip on his shoulder. It drives him but I almost wish I could see it relieved a little bit. He’s thriving, he’s happy, and I think the thing that sticks out to me about him is that he’s truly grateful. Truly is grateful for everything he has, his opportunities. He’s worked his ass off for it.”

Adams pointed to McAfee’s recent spat with the NFL over use of the league’s logos as an indicator of not only his success but his influence in the sports landscape.

“He is true to himself but he mostly leads with gratitude, which I think is the epitome of success. But he’s out there show you what can be done. He’s the first, but will he be the last to have that sort of platform? That sort of swing? What he does with the NFL the other week, I’m paying attention to that.

“Because I want to see: is the NFL going to bend the knee to Pat McAfee? Does the NFL care what he says? But it’s interesting because he’s built himself to such a place that he does not need anyone and that is the dream.”

The NFL did eventually “bend the knee” and reversed course on limiting McAfee’s use of league trademarks.

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