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Payne & Pendergast: Urban Meyer Doesn’t Have Credibility To Return To FOX

“It’s gonna be hard sometimes when he gets up and talks about the grander ideals of sacrifice and things like that, because the more I heard about Urban Meyer in the NFL, I feel like the foundation of a lot of the things he talks about is fraudulent.”

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It appears Urban Meyer is headed back to FOX’s Big Noon Kickoff for the 2022 college football season. Whatever his issues in the NFL, the network is banking on Meyer’s three national championships still giving him credibility with college football fans. Tuesday morning on Sports Radio 610 in Houston, Payne & Pendergast said they weren’t so sure.

Before the segment even began, Sean Pendergast teased it by calling Meyer “a phony” on his way to break. When the du came back from commercial, Seth Payne noted that it isn’t just about Urban Meyer having a history of lying when he finds himself in trouble that troubles college football fans. It is how bad the former coach is at it.

Payne said that the infamous video showing a woman dancing on Meyer’s lap at his steakhouse in Columbus, Ohio is going to make it hard for him to have the same persona he did during his first stint on FOX.

“It’s gonna be hard sometimes when he gets up and talks about the grander ideals of sacrifice and things like that, because the more I heard about Urban Meyer in the NFL, I feel like the foundation of a lot of the things he talks about is fraudulent,” Payne said. “If he could just talk about football without some of the grandstanding or some of the air of superiority he has about him, that would be cool.”

Sean Pendergast said that would be impossible. The last time Meyer was on Big Noon Kickoff, college football was in a completely different world than it is now. He may not have the credibility necessary to talk about the issues currently facing the sport.

“The bigger, broader issues that are going to get talked about in college football now are things like NIL and the transfer portal that strike at the heart of the emotional issues of college football, the commitment issues of college football. How can he comment about commitment when he is in a viral video with a woman who is not his wife sitting on his lap and fondling her butt?”

Seth Payne, who played in the NFL for eleven years, says that fans will make jokes, but football people have outright dismissed Urban Meyer. He said that an NFL coach abandoning his team after a road loss and not flying home with them was “shocking” to people that played and coached in the NFL.

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Jonathan Peterlin Takes Over Night Show On 92.3 The Fan

“”Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.””

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92.3 The Fan in Cleveland now has a permanent host for its nightly show in Jonathan Peterlin.

Peterlin wrote in a post for the Audacy station’s website on Tuesday that his show will be called Overtime with Jonathan Peterlin and will air each night starting at 7 p.m.

“This is a dream job,” he said. “Being the guy that you turn on after a day of listening to Ken and Anthony or Andy and Jeff or Nick and Dustin is truly an honor and a privilege. I won’t take that for granted.”

Peterlin had been the afternoon update anchor at 92.3 The Fan since 2016, even hosting on weekends and on a fill-in basis. Prior to that, he spent three years in a similar role at Yahoo Sports Radio.

He wrote that listeners in Cleveland will not need an introduction or reintroduction to who he is.

“You know me and I know you,” he said. “We’ve spent the past nearly 7 years getting to know each other on a daily basis…We were there for each other. Along the way I hope that I’ve earned your trust. Through the good times and the bad, the ups and the downs.”

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Layoffs Hit Pro Football Focus

“The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.”

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Pro Football Focus has laid off 16 employees, according to a report from Front Office Sports.

The reduction in workforce comes less than 18 months after securing a $50 million investment from Silver Lake.

The company, which Sunday Night Football analyst Cris Collinsworth owns a majority, still employs just over 200 people.

NFL reporter Doug Kyed was among the layoffs. Kyed had been at PFF since July 2021.

Additionally, 11 interns were also let go.

While PFF remains popular and profitable from a football analytics perspective, there had been a shift since the Silver Lake investment into attracting more sports betting and fantasy football customers. The FOS report indicated a chunk of the $50 million funding was used to develop an iPhone app.

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Laurence Holmes: Tim Jenkins Twitter Beef With Mike North Proves The Score Has Gotten Smarter

“Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”

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Former NFL quarterback Tim Jenkins had an interesting back and forth on Twitter with former 670 The Score host Mike North over Bears quarterback Justin Fields. Jenkins broke down a piece of film from Chicago’s game against Green Bay on Sunday, saying he didn’t agree with the notion that Fields doesn’t go through his progressions and is more of a runner.

North disagreed, saying wide receiver Dante Pettis was wide open on that particular play, and that Fields missed him.

Jenkins responded, saying North’s take was “not intellectually honest.”

In his weekly appearance on Bernstein & Holmes on The Score, Jenkins talked about the exchange not knowing North’s connection to the station.

“There’s a radio guy up there, Mike North, he was real mad,” Jenkins said. “And I tried to handle it gently because like listen, the first thing in his bio was he was born in 1952. And if my grand-pappy is on Twitter roasting somebody, I hope to handle them gently. And I tried to.”

Host Laurence Holmes said it was truly a meta moment for their show and the station. He talked about how having access to a guy like Jenkins is a sign the station, like many others have done across the country, have grown with the game.

“It speaks to the evolution of this radio station,” Holmes said. “Where now every show has a film guy. Like we’re not just out here just guessing. To a certain extent we are, but we go get confirmation and information from people who are smarter than us.”

The discussion turned to the evolution of the quarterback position in the NFL, and Holmes noted that there are some who just don’t recognize that the game has changed and called for a quarterback to be able to throw accurately but pick up yards and keep plays going with their legs.

“I’m here for the nuance, but people continue to ignore what is a trend,” Holmes said. “And I don’t mean that as a pejorative. The trend in the NFL is dual-threat quarterbacks. Look up and down the rosters.”

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