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Matt Jones: John Calipari Goes on Paul Finebaum Because Kentucky Sports Radio Is ‘Too Critical’

Kentucky Sports Radio’s Matt Jones was upset when John Calipari showed up on Paul Finebaum’s show as opposed to his.

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The SEC’s annual Spring Meetings are happening this week in Destin, Florida. When the SEC makes a sound or move, it makes waves. It’s a big reason Paul Finebaum hosts his show alongside the meetings’ hotel every year. It was something on Finebaum’s show that fired up Matt Jones of Kentucky Sports Radio.

This week, amongst the noise, Finebaum welcomed to the show’s set Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari. It turned out to be the largest forum that Calipari had used to discuss his team since the Wildcats’ first round exit of the NCAA Tournament.

Matt Jones began his show with a series of quotes from Calipari’s appearance on Finebaum. He, along with the show’s co-hosts, agreed with all of the Calipari’s sentiments in the quotes read on air. Then, a caller named ‘Dan-O’ prompted Jones to discuss the coach’s lack of willingness to come on the show.

“Why go to Paul Finebaum? I don’t listen to Paul Finebaum,” the caller said. “I want Coach to talk to me (referring to Jones’ show)”.

“They don’t want to (come on),” Jones said. “They are frustrated with us and they believe that we – probably, specifically me – but I do think it is we, are too critical. That’s why they haven’t come on.

Jones would continue, “I hate that. I think we’ve had twelve years of showing how loyal I’ve been to him – but I’m also like, we are the voice of the fans. When the fans are frustrated, we’re going to be frustrated.”

The Kentucky host continued to dig. “Lets be real, if it wasn’t for Maggie (Davis, a Lexington TV reporter that was live-tweeting a thread of Calipari’s answers) having listened to that would anybody have even known what he said?

It was then that Matt Jones addressed what he felt was the biggest issue of Calipari ducking Kentucky Sports Radio: “I did not see that he was going to be on there. There is a sense of ‘who are you talking to?'”

Co-host Ryan Lemond was adding to his and Jones’ agreement with Calipari’s quotes from Finebaum and asked if that same message was better served on a statewide audience.

“But, wouldn’t it have been better to hear it here?”

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670 The Score Hosts Congratulate Mike Mulligan on Award From Loyola Chicago

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

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670 The Score morning host Mike Mulligan is being awarded the Father Finnegan Memorial Award from Loyola University Chicago this weekend, and some of his colleagues congratulated him on the air Friday morning.

The award is given “in recognition of outstanding humanitarianism and service to youth through athletics”. Mulligan — a 1984 graduate of Loyola University Chicago — will receive the award Saturday during the Loyola Athletics Hall of Fame ceremony during a game against George Mason.

“Tremendous award,” co-host David Haugh said. “Proud moment for the show. Proud moment for you family.”

“They’re giving me an award for correctly picking the Super Bowl on September 8th,” Mulligan joked.

“That is fantastic,” Laurence Holmes said, while his co-host, Dan Bernstein, continued to say “wow”. “Congratulations. You shouldn’t be embarrassed. You should be proud.”

“I’m being celebrated for being old,” Mully joked.

“That’s not what that award says,” countered Holmes. “It says something completely different.”

The Mully & Haugh host eventually admitted he was appreciative of the award bestowed upon him by his alma mater.

“It’s a good thing. I’m very moved by it. Sister Jean will be there,” Mully said. “She has a book coming out with — I think — Seth Davis.”

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Colin Cowherd: Tony Romo Regressing Because He Loves Golf

“I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

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The performance of CBS Sports NFL analyst Tony Romo has been a hot-button topic in sports media circles, especially after a widely-regarded lackluster performance during the AFC Championship Game. Colin Cowherd believes he knows why Romo has regressed.

During an episode of The Colin Cowherd Podcast, the sports radio host claimed golf is the reason behind Romo’s regression.

“Romo wants to be on the Tour. He literally wants to be on the Tour,” Cowherd said. “And what’s the first thing Aaron Rodgers does in the off-season? He goes and golfs, he loves it. Both, by the way, great golfers, especially Romo. But I’ve always felt like Tony Romo is one of those guys — and we all have somebody in our social circle like this — he got the golf bug. He’s had it for 15 years.

“Tony wants to be on the PGA Tour — but he likes the paycheck from CBS.”

Cowherd also added he hasn’t hired potential employees in the past if they told him they loved golf during the interview process, saying he has a theory that as men age they “get addicted to golf”.

“They’re on PGATour.com, they’re putting in the backyard, they’re thinking about it at work, they’re scheduling a trip to Scotland and they lose sight of their other job,” Cowherd said.

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ESPN Radio Adds Lakers Games As LeBron James Nears Scoring Record

“As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.”

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The NBA’s all-time scoring record has stood for a long time. Kareem Abdul-Jabar, the current record holder, retired in 1989. LeBron James is on the verge of overtaking him though, and ESPN Radio wants to make sure it is part of history when it happens.

ESPN Radio has added two upcoming Lakers games to its schedule. The network will carry the national feeds of games on February 7 and 9. The first game is against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The second is against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Both games will be played in Los Angeles with a 9:30 PM Eastern tip. Marc Kestecher and Vince Carter will be on the call for both games.

As of Friday, February 3, LeBron James is 63 points away from Abdul-Jabbar’s 38,387 career points.

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