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Ryan Clark Takes Blame For Mike Tomlin College Football Rumors

“I didn’t say you were interested, I said that if you are we should offer you all the money that we can to get you to take the job.”

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Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin has been in the news recently with rumors of him leaving the NFL and taking a coaching job in college football. Tomlin quickly told the media that there was no truth to him being interested in any college job.

“That will be the last time that I address it. Never say never, but never” said Tomlin on the rumors.

It turns out that the rumors may have stemmed from one of Tomlin’s former players, ESPN analyst Ryan Clark. Clark then went on Sportscenter to discuss the rumors that he says he started.

“This is partly my fault, I went on a rant last Wednesday about how we should offer him so much money that if he turns it down it would be disrespectful to the Lord Jesus Christ himself to say no,” said Clark on the head coaching vacancy at his alma mater, LSU.

“I wanted to offer Mike Tomlin so much money that I even threw it in that if he decided to take the job at LSU, I am done with TV and I would go to be the defensive backs coach if that is what he needs,” said Clark.

Based on the coach’s reaction, this is something that Mike Tomlin has heard from more than just Ryan Clark. Earlier this week, Carson Palmer broke the news on The Dan Patrick Show that Tomlin was someone his alma mater, USC would like to talk to.

Clark played for Nick Saban at LSU. He entered the NFL in 2002 and made his way to the Steelers in 2006. He played eight seasons in Pittsburgh, including seven with Tomlin serving as head coach.

“That’s my fault Coach T, they had said that you might be in the running for it and when they asked me about it, I said that I would like for you to come,” Clark said.

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Al Michaels: Condensed Prep Time For Thursday Night Football ‘A Downside’

“It’s not that they don’t want to be with us, but they’re condensed too, so there’s less time to give to us.”

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There were bound to be unexpected hiccups and unintended consequences as Al Michaels moved to Thursday Night Football with Amazon Prime Video.

He told The Boston Globe Thursday that one of the downsides of the week’s schedule is less prep time with the teams playing in the game.

“When we go to see the teams, it’s not that they don’t want to be with us, but they’re condensed too, so there’s less time to give to us,” Michaels said. “And all the time I’ve been doing this, I’ve built some great relationships with coaches and players and GMs and owners and you name it, and I don’t get that much time to spend with them anymore. That’s a downside part of it for me. Some of the best stories you get come from those relationships.”

Michaels has raised eyebrows this season while not being shy about his disdain for some poor matchups early in the schedule. However, he now understands that there are quality games as the season approaches its close.

“The schedule was a little leaky with the Carolina-Atlanta game and a couple of other games that we’ve had, but now we’re positioned for a nice run down the stretch,” said Michaels.

The 78-year-old was also asked how he remains energetic and passionate for the job he’s held for so long.

The games are exciting. I love sports. You don’t know what’s going to happen. There’s no script. And unscripted television is the greatest.”

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Jimmy Pitaro: Reaching Younger Audience A Priority for ESPN

“The thing that keeps me up at night is how do we reach the younger audience. As an industry in general, we need to figure out how to be more relevant to younger people.”

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Many in the media industry have voice concern that millennials and Gen Z aren’t consuming traditional media outlets like previous generations. ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro said it’s a priority for the network.

“The thing that keeps me up at night is how do we reach the younger audience,” Pitaro said, quoted by Morning Consult sports business reporter Mark J. Burns. “As an industry in general, we need to figure out how to be more relevant to younger people.”

Pitaro made the comments at Sports Business Journal’s Media Innovators conference Wednesday. It is a continuation of comments he has made in recent years.

In 2018, Pitaro said at ESPN’s upfront “I think we are doing a fantastic job serving the sports fanatic,” said Pitaro. “What about the casual sports customer? Are we doing all we can to serve him or her?”.

In 2019, Pitaro said it was “all hands on deck” to reach a younger audience and women. “We have to be open and go to where our customers are,” he said in regards to reaching younger viewers on social media platforms like Instagram, Snapchat, and TikTok.

Earlier this year, Pitaro added that ESPN won’t be leaving linear television anytime soon.

“What I will tell you is that as I sit here right now, that business is still incredible,” Pitaro said. “We serve the sports fan anyway and at any time. I know there are a lot of people that still want ESPN in that traditional ecosystem.”

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Don Mattingly Joining Blue Jays Staff After YES Network Courtship

The former Dodgers and Marlins manager had been mentioned as a someone YES Network was interested in potentially hiring to be an analyst.

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The New York Yankees regional sports network can take Don Mattingly off its talent wish list. Mattingly was announced Wednesday as a bench coach for the Toronto Blue Jays starting in 2023.

The former Dodgers and Marlins manager had been mentioned as a someone YES Network was interested in potentially hiring to be an analyst.

But Mattingly told Andrew Marchand of The New York Post this week that he had another opportunity in the works but wouldn’t elaborate.

YES also has been considering luring Yankees legend and Hall of Famer Derek Jeter into broadcasting. But no formal talks have taken place.

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