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Chris Russo: Charles Woodson Has No Credibility

“No more Michigan announcers on television shows defending Michigan’s program.”

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The Big Ten Conference has suspended Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh from being on the sideline for games through the conclusion of the regular season, despite the conference having no evidence that indicated that Harbaugh had knowledge of the conduct from a staff member. Prominent Michigan alumni in the media — namely ESPN’s Desmond Howard and FOX Sports’ Charles Woodson — have defended the program’s actions, which Chris Russo decried.

Mad Dog Russo addressed the issue this week on his SiriusXM program, Mad Dog Unleashed, and also brought up the story during his weekly “What Are You Mad About?” segment on ESPN’s First Take. Within his remarks, he expressed a problem with how those within the University of Michigan football team have responded to the situation, including former alumni who played on the team.

“I cannot believe that Michigan is acting like they somehow got a raw deal, and by the way, no more Michigan announcers on television shows defending Michigan’s program,” Russo said. “You’ve got no credibility – guys earn Heisman trophies; ‘Oh boy, how could they do that?’ Nonsense – they cheated! Take your punishment, take the two extra games, and move on!”

After Russo completed his statement, ESPN NFL analyst Marcus Spears said that College GameDay analyst Desmond Howard would be calling into the show within five minutes. Howard, who won a Heisman Trophy with the Michigan Wolverines as a wide receiver in his senior year, was never directly mentioned by Russo; rather, Spears assumed that he was referring to him as he conveyed his disdain towards the entire situation.

When Russo spoke about Charles Woodson, who appears on Big Noon Kickoff each Saturday prior to the marquee matchup broadcast by FOX Sports, reporter Kimberley A. Martin stated that he was starting network wars. Within his dialogue about the incident, the former NFL defensive back described the situation using an expletive. In addition to his role before the weekly college football matchup, Woodson is also a member of the cast for FOX NFL Kickoff on Sunday mornings and provides his analysis and expertise on the games of the day around the NFL.

“He’s got no credibility for crying out loud,” Russo said of Charles Woodson. “He’s a Michigan Hall of Famer [and] a Heisman Trophy winner. What is he going to say? ‘Yeah, you know, right. Michigan did cheat; let’s suspend them.’ He ain’t going to say that!”

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‘NFL Total Access’ Comes to an End After 21 Years on NFL Network

“Today is our last show and while our team is disappointed, we are excited about what’s next for us at NFL Network.”

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‘NFL Total Access’ has been a part of the NFL Network since 2003 and today it is set for its final episode. The news of the show coming to an end came down earlier this month. Many of the current show participants took to social media to post their thoughts including hosts Mike Yam and Kimmi Chex along with analyst Chase Daniel.

“Tonight marks the last ever episode of NFL Total Access,” said Chex. “I was 7 years old when this show aired meaning that I spent my life watching. Co-hosting our flagship program this past season has been the honor of my career. I’m not going anywhere but for now, it’s goodbye TA.”

Yam said, “It’s been an absolute thrill hosting NFL Total Access. Today is our last show and while our team is disappointed, we are excited about what’s next for us at NFL Network. “Thank you” isn’t nearly enough to express the gratitude I have for the team. See you at 7est for 1 more run.”

A report from The Athletic said the show would be replaced “at least in the interim” by Insiders with Ian Rapoport, Mike Garafolo and Tom Pelissero.

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NBCUniversal Names Olympic Hosts for USA, CNBC and E!; Kathryn Tappen Headlines

“We are excited to have an experienced group of hosts to present the most compelling stories, news, and interviews as we take viewers from event to event throughout the Games.”

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NBCUniversal announced its hosts for coverage of the Olympic Games Paris 2024 on USA Network, CNBC and E! Cara Banks, Laura Britt and Trenni Casey will all be a part of the coverage on CNBC and E! Lindsay Czarniak, Carolyn Manno and Kathryn Tappen will all take part in the USA Network coverage.

The Opening Ceremony of the 2024 Paris Olympics is Friday, July 26 on NBC, Peacock, and Telemundo.

Coverage on USA Network, CNBC, and E! is expected to include Team USA men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, and volleyball, as well as swimming, gymnastics, and track & field, and more.

“We are excited to have an experienced group of hosts to present the most compelling stories, news, and interviews as we take viewers from event to event throughout the Games,” said Rebecca Chatman, Vice President and Coordinating Producer, NBC Olympics Production in a release.

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Mike Tirico, Danica Patrick Return to Host Indy 500 for NBC Sports

Seven-time NASCAR Series champion Jimmie Johnson will join NBC’s pre-race and race coverage. When his broadcasting duties are completed, Johnson will be flying to Charlotte Motor Speedway to drive in the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600.

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With less than two weeks until the event, NBC Sports has officially announced its team of race and studio commentators for the 108th Running of the Indianapolis 500. For the sixth year in a row, we can expect to see familiar faces such as host Mike Tirico and studio analyst Danica Patrick contributing to pre-race, in-race, and post-race coverage.

The race will air at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday, May 26, on both NBC and Peacock.

Seven-time NASCAR Series champion Jimmie Johnson will join NBC’s pre-race and race coverage. When his broadcasting duties are completed, Johnson will be flying to Charlotte Motor Speedway to drive in the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600.

Leigh Diffey, Townsend Bell and James Hinchcliffe will call the race for the sixth consecutive year. Marty Snider, Dillon Welch, Dave Burns, and Kevin Lee will serve as pit reporters. Former NASCAR driver Jeff Burton and Kim Coon will serve as roaming reporters.

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