With 56-year-old Urban Meyer joining the Jacksonville Jaguars, Colin Cowherd wants to know why NFL teams aren’t calling 69-year-old Nick Saban to see if he’s interested in a second go round. The 56 and 69 in that previous sentence is probably the answer, but Cowherd doesn’t believe age is a good enough reason.
“Why isn’t anyone calling Nick Saban?” Cowherd asked during his FOX Sports Radio show. “We just had two presidential candidates, one was 78, one was 74. To run the country! And the 78-year-old won. That’s global travel. Four years of it. Nick Saban is a non-drinker, non-smoker and is an energizer bunny. He’s burning 16,000 calories every game screaming at people. Does he look old?”
It was a stark contrast from one year ago, when Cowherd said Saban should be considering retirement from Alabama, citing age as a big reason why.
“I think Nick Saban does think about retirement now, and I think he is closer to it than anybody in the media would acknowledge,” Cowherd said in Nov. 2019. “Number one is his age, he’s 68. When you’re 68, all you can think about is the seven. When you’re 62, all you see is the six. Big difference in America how you’re viewed at 60 and then at 70.”
There’s nothing wrong with Cowherd flipping his opinion on whether 70 is too old to be hired as a head coach. I was previously a proponent of Tom Coughlin getting another head coaching opportunity before he almost had the entire NFLPA revolt against him last season, highlighting his disconnect with Jaguars players.
But if Cowherd is going to suggest he no longer views 70 as being too old to begin a tenure as an NFL head coach, pointing to Donald Trump and Joe Biden as your proof might not be the best argument. Realistically, a 74 and 78-year-old running for president, although it demands energy, was mocked more than celebrated.
Cowherd did go on to mention 69-year-old Pete Carroll recently signing an extension with the Seahawks, but continuing a tenure is very different than starting from scratch. He also cited Regis Philbin’s ability to entertain on television into his 80s. A nice man who could read cue cards, also different than building a football team.
Brandon Contes is a former reporter for BSM, now working for Awful Announcing. You can find him on Twitter @BrandonContes or reach him by email at Brandon.Contes@gmail.com.
1010XL Jay Fund Radiothon Raises Nearly $250,000 For Pediatric Cancer Research
“In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 billion for the Jay Fund.”
Jacksonville’s 1010XL used its airwaves to raise money for the Jay Fund for the fifteenth year earlier this week. The radiothon was a smashing success, raising $249,784 to fight pediatric cancer.
This year’s total is a new record for the event. In the 15 year history of the radiothon, the station has raised just under $1.6 million for the Jay Fund.
“I’m truly amazed at the generosity of the 1010 XL listeners in times when a carton of eggs cost six dollars,” said General Manager Steven Griffin, “and equally amazed how the hosts, producers, radio staff and volunteers come together with a singular focus to year-after-year produce these results in one broadcast day.”
Former Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin started the Jay Fund in memory of Jay McGillis, who developed leukemia while playing for Coughlin at Boston College. The organization has helped over 5,000 families and given away over $16 million in grants in Northeast Florida and the New York/New Jersey Metropolitan Area.
Parkins & Spiegel Wonder If Trent Dilfer Will Still Appear On Their Show After Taking UAB Job
“I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”
Former ESPN NFL analyst Trent Dilfer has been hired as the new head coach at UAB. However, Danny Parkins and Matt Spiegel wondered if that meant Dilfer would no longer be making his weekly appearances on Parkins & Spiegel on 670 The Score.
“Our guy is no longer gonna do a radio show out of Chicago?” Parkins joked, referencing an incident last month where Dilfer failed to say “Parkins & Spiegel“ during an appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd.
“I don’t know that that’s the case,” Spiegel replied.
“We don’t know that yet,” producer Shane Riordan said. “We have only shared a couple of text message — Trent and I — this morning and I will just say that his status with the show and the station is uncertain.”
Later in the show, Parkins and Spiegel jokingly wondered what jobs they could have on UAB’s staff, with Parkins balking at being a sports information director. He did say he would welcome being the offensive player caller, but believed that job might fall under the purview of Dilfer.
Mike Milbury: Jack Edwards Is ‘Awkward’ and ‘A Different Breed’
“Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”
Boston Bruins television play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards has come under fire for recent comments he made about Tampa Bay Lightning forward Pat Maroon and his weight. In turn, Maroon donated money in Edwards’ name to a mental health organization. On The Greg Hill Show Thursday, former NHL on NBC analyst Mike Milbury both slammed and defended Edwards.
“Jack Edwards. Who’s Jack Edwards? He went through all of junior high school being picked on and bullied,” Milbury said. “Now he’s trying to get even. Wouldn’t you want to smack that guy, Wiggy? Skinny, scrawny, mouthy son of a bitch.”
“Jack is screaming at the TV all the time,” he continued. “I gotta turn it down half the time.”
When asked by Courtney Cox if it was appropriate for Edwards to make comments about Maroon’s weight, noting that the comments were “awkward”, Milbury said Edwards is a divisive presence.
“Jack is awkward. I think half of Boston hates him and half of Boston loves him. He certainly loves the Bruins and is passionate about it but he’s a different breed of cat. Like him or love him, I’m not gonna judge him. As a guy that’s been cancelled, I have no right anymore.”
Milbury was “cancelled” after saying NHL players in the league’s playoff “bubble” weren’t being distracted by their wives and girlfriends being present. He was dropped by the NHL on NBC after the comments and has not resurfaced on a major network.
The comments and questions to Milbury came after Cox and co-host Jermaine Wiggins disagreed about whether Edwards’ comments were warranted.
Wiggins said he “thought hockey players were supposed to be tough”, adding “he’s got a few extra LBs. It’s a joke.”
Cox countered by saying “it’s not a joke. No one should be talking about it. Jack Edwards went on for like five minutes about it. It wasn’t funny.”
Hill said when Wiggins was in the NFL, nobody cared what television broadcasters said about them. Cox argued by saying “in your day, nobody talked to a therapist, either”.