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Urban Meyer Report in The Athletic Prompts Reaction All Over Sports Radio

“How do you not know who Aaron Donald is? That’s the wild part.”

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A lengthy article published Monday in The Athletic, which detailed the dysfunction and turmoil inside the Jacksonville Jaguars complex during Urban Meyer’s brief tenure as head coach, took sports media by storm.

The piece written by Jayson Jenks and Mike Sando quoted sources and anonymous players and team staffers who said the former Florida and Ohio State coach was unhinged.

Instances of Meyer belittling players, coaches and staff members, threatening people’s jobs, and even going as far as to say if a player got cut they couldn’t get a job paying more than $15 an hour made the rounds on sports radio.

“This thing is not great for the Urban Meyer era,” Pat McAfee told co-host A.J. Hawk on The Pat McAfee Show.

McAfee referred to the Jaguars as “Clahn Tahn” after Jacksonville beat the Indianapolis Colts in Week 18 to eliminate Indy from playoff contention. It was in reference to Jags fans who showed up to the game wearing clown noses and make-up as a call to make wholesale changes within the organization. He said it was clear there were problems but in terms of how bad it really was based on the reporting.

“We could never tell from the outside that was the case,” said McAfee.

One of the items in the story that sent a lot of hosts’ heads spinning was Meyer apparently being unfamiliar with some of the top players in the league, including Los Angeles Rams defensive star Aaron Donald.

“How do you not know who Aaron Donald is?” Shan Shariff said on 105.3 The Fan’s Shan & RJ in Dallas. “That’s the wild part.”

Over on The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz, the whole gang couldn’t help but laugh as they tried to wrap their heads around it.

“This is after he said he did a six-month deep dive into the NFL,” Stugotz said. “I mean, Jesus Christ.”

“This cannot be true,” Le Batard added.

Filling in for Greeny on ESPN Radio, Courtney Cronin said the article should be damning enough that it will ensure Meyer doesn’t coach again at the highest levels of football.

“I don’t know if Urban Meyer is ever going to have another job ever again when stuff like this continues to come out,” she said. “He most certainly will never see the NFL level again. Which college program is going to hire him as a coach knowing that he has to groom young people to be upstanding members of society and teach them how to do things the right way when he can’t do anything the right way?”

Meyer has yet to make any public statements to corroborate or refute claims in the article, and there’s no telling he ever will. He has, in the last week or so, taken a new job on the board of a foundation aimed at paying Ohio State football and basketball players for doing charity work.

McAfee figured when you factor in Meyer’s side of the story, the truth isn’t at the end of either extreme.

“Truth probably lies somewhere in the middle,” he said. “But that was a failure. An absolutely abysmal failure.”

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Doug Gottlieb Details Interviewing For College Basketball Head Coaching Vacancy

“I’ve told people that for the radio element to — for the right thing — I’d give it up. The (podcast), I’m not giving it up.”





Fox Sports Radio host Doug Gottlieb recently interviewed for the vacant head coaching job at Wisconsin-Green Bay and detailed the experience on his podcast.

“I got a chance to talk to (Wisconsin-Green Bay AD) Josh Moon several times during the year after they had made their coaching job available and my approach to how I’ve done these things — and this is not the first time I’ve gone down this path, but this was a different path,” Gottlieb said on his All Ball podcast.

“This is a low-major, mid-major job, and there’s no connection there. I’ve told people that for the radio element to — for the right thing — I’d give it up. The (podcast), I’m not giving it up. I love doing it and I think there’s a very smart world where if I’m coaching I can still do this podcast and still do it with basketball people all over the country and the world, and it’s kind of like a cheat code.”

He continued by saying that seeing Shaka Smart be successful at Marquette has motivated him to continue to search for the right fit as a college basketball coach.

“That’s what I want to do. And last year when I was coaching in Israel, that also continued to invigorate me…this is something that I would really like to do. It has to be the right thing. It has to be the right AD who hits the right message.”

He continued by saying that a sticking point of negotiations was he wasn’t willing to give up his nationally syndicated radio program for the job. He was willing to take less money for his assistants pool, but also to continue doing his radio show.

Gottlieb did not get the position with the Phoenix, noting that he was a finalist but was never offered the job. The position ultimately went to Wyoming assistant coach Sundance Wicks. Wicks had previous head coaching experience and had worked with Green Bay athletic director Josh Moon at Division II Northern State. He admitted he wasn’t necessarily “all-in” on the job due to the current ages of his children and whether the timing was right to uproot his family to move to Northeastern Wisconsin.

The Fox Sports Radio host does have coaching experience. He has worked as a coach for the U.S. men’s basketball team at the Maccabiah Games, sometimes referred to as the Jewish Olympics.

Gottlieb’s father — Bob — was the head men’s basketball coach at Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 1975-1980, compiling a 97-91 record.

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Waddle & Silvy: Scott Hanson Told Us to Lose His Number

“We didn’t call him back, so he set out what he wanted to do.”





Aaron Rodgers took immense pride in the fact that he told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter to “lose his number” while discussing his future earlier this week on The Pat McAfee Show. ESPN 1000’s Waddle & Silvy said they’ve experienced similar treatment from guests on their radio show.

While discussing the Rodgers interview with McAfee, the pair admitted that NFL RedZone host Scott Hanson once told their producer to stop trying to book him for interviews on the program.

“I believe the presentation was ‘Do me a favor: lose my number after this interview’,” Tom Waddle said. “So he tried to do it politely. Scott Hanson did. Get out of here. That concept is foreign to me. How about ‘Hey, next time you text me, my schedule is full. I can’t do it, but thanks for thinking of me’. ‘Lose my number?’ You ain’t the President, for Christ’s sake. I’m saying that to anyone who would say that. ‘Lose my number?’ We’re all in the communication business. I just don’t know — why be rude like that to people? What does that accomplish? You know what it accomplished? We didn’t call him back, so he set out what he wanted to do.”

Co-host Mark Silverman then mentioned that the show once tried to book Hansen and NFL Red Zone host Andrew Siciliano together in the same block, with the idea of doing a trivia game to see who the supreme Red Zone host was. Siciliano agreed, but Hansen declined.

The pair also confirmed that an NFL Network personality had told them to lose their number, but couldn’t remember if it was Rich Eisen or not.

Silverman later joked that maybe Hanson was getting a new phone with a new number, and was politely sharing with the producer that he could lose the current phone number because he would share his new number in short order.

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Seth Payne: Aaron Rodgers ‘Makes Gross Inaccuracies’ When Calling Out Media

“This is where Rodgers does this thing where he, in calling out reporters for their inaccuracies, makes gross inaccuracies in his accusations.”




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Aaron Rodgers is always mad at the media for the inaccurate things he says they report, but according to Sports Radio 610 morning man Seth Payne, no one is more inaccurate than the quarterback himself.

Friday morning, Payne and his partner Sean Pendergast played audio of Aaron Rodgers responding to a question about a list of players he provided to the Jets demanding they sign. Rodgers called the idea that he would make demands “so stupid” and chastised ESPN reporter Dianna Russini, who was the first to report it.

“Now to be clear, Dianna Russini didn’t say demands in her tweet. She said wishlist,” Pendergast clarified.

They also played a clip of Russini responding to Rodgers on NFL Live saying that she stands by her reporting and it is her job to reach out to confirm that it is true.

“This is where Rodgers does this thing where he, in calling out reporters for their inaccuracies, makes gross inaccuracies in his accusations,” Seth Payne said.

He added that if Rodgers is being serious, he is doing some serious nitpicking. He claims that he didn’t give the Jets a list, but that he spoke glowingly about former teammates and told the Jets executives that he met with who he enjoyed playing with during his career.

Payne joked that maybe he wrote down the names in a circle pattern so that it was not a list. Pendergast added that he could have had Fat Head stickers on his wall that he pointed to instead of writing anything at all.

In Payne’s mind, this is a case of Russini catching stray frustration. Neither in her initial tweet nor in any subsequent media appearance did she use the phrase “demands”.

“What he’s actually responding to in that instance is Pat McAfee is the one that described it as a list of demands,” Seth Payne said.

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