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Doug Gottlieb Defends His Comments About HBCU Football

“f Hunter wants to make it to the NFL, Doug Gottlieb argues that he has made achieving that goal harder for himself.”

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Doug Gottlieb is not backing down from his assertion that Travis Hunter is making a mistake. The top college football recruit in the country shocked everyone last week by flipping his commitment from Florida State to Coach Deion Sanders and the Jackson State Tigers.

On Wednesday, when the announcement was made, FOX Sports Radio’s Doug Gottlieb immediately said it was a bad move and that Hunter would regret the decision.

On his show Friday, Gottlieb addressed some of the criticism he has received and explained why he isn’t backing down from his assertion that attending an HBCU is a mistake for a player of Hunter’s caliber.

Doug Gottlieb started by highlighting a tweet from Jermaine Johnson, a state lawmaker in South Carolina, who claimed that college football is “easily 85% black” and noted that if that 85% decided to attend HBCUs exclusively, Gottlieb would change his mind.

“Is it hard for state lawmakers to google NCAA demographics,” Gottlieb said before noting it took him just 2 minutes to find the official demographics from the NCAA, which say that football on the FBS level is 45% black.

Gottlieb reiterated that he was never arguing specifically against HBCUs or against black students. His argument was that nobody celebrating Travis Hunter’s decision to attend Jackson State actually cares about Travis Hunter. If they did, they would want him to be somewhere his talent would be seen.

“It’s a lower-level school. It’s a 1-AA school. The perfect example is Jackson State is 11-1 and nobody watched them. They don’t even play in the 1-AA national championship.”

Jackson State was demolished by South Carolina State this weekend in the Celebration Bowl, which is recognized as the national championship game for HBCU football.

Gottlieb said that Deion Sanders’s goal was not necessarily to get Travis Hunter to Jackson State. It was to “stick it to” Florida State, who passed him over in its last coaching search.

If Hunter wants to make it to the NFL, Doug Gottlieb argues that he has made achieving that goal harder for himself. Jackson State is underfunded in a state that underfunds the majority of its universities. That trickles down to the athletic department. He noted that giving up the advantages of Florida State to play college football in an environment like that is akin to choosing a different sport entirely.

“If he succeeds and makes the NFL, that’s great! But he’s not competing against the best players everyday in practice. He doesn’t have the best facilities to train in. He doesn’t have the best trainers,” Gottlieb said. “There’s just not the money for that.”

To Doug Gottlieb’s point, the rapper and businessman Master P, recently pulled his son out of Tennessee State, another HBCU. Jackson was a star basketball recruit coming out of high school. Master P cited the school’s lack of medical resources as the reason for his son’s exit.

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Andrew Fillipponi: Peter Burns Made ‘Innocuous Joke’ To Ben Watson

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

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The on-air spat between SEC Network host Peter Burns and analyst Ben Watson continues to be bandied about in sports media circles, with 93.7 The Fan hosts Andrew Fillipponi and Chris Mueller discussing the topic Tuesday.

“I’m on Team Burns,” Fillipponi said.

“Forget who’s team you’re on,” Chris Mueller said. “I think you’ve do have to keep the wives and children out of this.”

“What are you talking about, keep the wives and out of it?!,” Fillipponi asked.

“Do we believe this is work or shoot here?,” Mueller wondered.

“Oh, I think this is real,” Fillpponi added, which Mueller agreed.

“Do you think a close fist from Ben Watson hit Peter Burns?,” Mueller asked.

“No, I think he picked him up by the lapels,” Fillipponi said.

When the subject of Watson’s religion was brought up, Fillipponi then pointed out the absurdity of the situation.

“So wait a minute? Because you believe in Jesus Christ you care about your wife more than other people? What are you talking about?”

“I think he might have a shorter fuse and not taking in humor that Peter Burns was giving out,” Mueller said.

“It was an innocuous joke!,” Fillipponi stated. “It wasn’t a joke! Why is it in bad taste?”

Mueller then added the idea of Watson’s wife texting Burns insinuates there’s an inappropriate relationship.

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Craig Carton: Booger McFarland’s Zach Wilson Analysis ‘An Embarrasment’

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ESPN NFL analyst Booger McFarland raised eyebrows on Monday Night Countdown this week by saying New York Jets quarterback Zach Wilson has never been held accountable for his actions because he was a “young man who grew up with a lot of money”. WFAN afternoon host Craig Carton called out McFarland’s comments Tuesday as outlandish.

“It was an embarrasment,” Carton said. “Someone should ask Booger McFarland if his kids — who grew up with amazing wealth — have accountability in their lives or if having a little bit of money in your pocket immediately discounts the possibility to have accountability. He’s an idiot and we learned that last night.”

“It’s funny that Steve Young was on the other side of it,” Evan Roberts noted. “Because a long time ago, Steve Young criticized Chris Simms because he’s the son of a famous quarterback.”

“You don’t have to invent reasons for why Zach Wilson isn’t playing well,” added Carton. “Just watch his tape. He’s not playing well. Maybe he’s just not good!”

Carton later said NFL reporters “will try to make a name for themselves by putting out a story” about quarterbacks who take responsibility for their teams failures, while Wilson wouldn’t accept the blame.

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Greg Hill: Ben Watson, Peter Burns Drama Was A Bit

“Be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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Peter Burns and Ben Watson shared an awkward exchange during the halftime show of an SEC Network football game over the weekend, and many are still debating whether Watson walking off the set was serious or not. Count part of the cast of The Greg Hill Show on WEEI as doubters.

“That was a a bit,” Courtney Cox said. “That was absolutely a bit.”

“Yeah, unlike the Chris Rock/Will Smith thing, I assume that was a bit,” Hill said. “I can’t believe that Ben Watson is really angry about that.”

“I dunno, man. There’s been a lot of speculation that it isn’t,” Jermaine Wiggins added. “There are people who are very sensitive about you clowning on them or joking with them. Especially with joking about their wife. Some people can’t handle jokes like that.”

After a back-and-forth with Cox about the legitimacy of the joke, Wiggins concluded by saying for some folks family is off limits.

“I’ve learned something in my 47 years on this Earth: be careful when you’re talking about somebody’s wife and their kids. ‘Cause not everybody jokes the same way.”

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